It's all about your base when it comes to achieving flawless make-up application. Of course, a good filter helps too but we don't have the luxury of "carrying" those around with us. So what'll help? A damn good primer.
In a recent addition to my #BeginnersSeries, I discuss several foundation primers I have come to love. I stress the importance of choosing the correct kind for your skin type, however, some are agreeable for most. Included are a couple high-end options and some budget-friendly ones too, all of which I reach for. Here's a breakdown of the products mentioned...
Pores, fine lines and wrinkle minimizing primers
Cult classics are the Benefit The Porefessional (R395) and the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (R395). Your less expensive options would be the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser (R89.95) or the Tony Moly Egg Yolk Primer (R160). Maybelline is often considered a dupe for The Porefessional, but I find the Instant Pore Eraser a little too thick.
I'm a bigger fan of this type of primer. Primarily because my skin is more on the dry/dehydrated side. For the longest time I have stayed loyal to MAC's Strobe Cream (R430). It provides an iridescent glow to the skin which pushes through even after you've applied your customary two pumps of foundation. Another, and most recent favourite, is the Dolce and Gabbana Sheer Make-Up Radiance Base SPF 30 (R680). Obsessed doesn't begin to cut it. The protection from UV is why it made my top two favourite primers of all time. Foundation adheres to skin like a dream and this is one I would suggest my readers get a hand on if your budget allows!
There's only one primer in this category and that's the very new Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil (R450). What's in it? A unique blend of 15 essential and lipid-rich plant oils designed to penetrate instantly resulting in a dewy and youthful finish to your foundation application. I am super excited to use this one during winter when the elements tend to be harsh on already dry skin.
Fans of MAC Fix + loved the benefit of spritzing this both before and after make-up application. Now I do the same with the Beauty Fix Make-Up Radiant Mist (R299). I have been singing the praises of this locally produced beauty product for a few months and I can't stop because it honestly is such a treat to use. If you prefer to steer clear of primers altogether, opt for this hydrating cocktail of rose water and other essential ingredients that'll create a radiant finish for your skin.