The Best Face Primers Ever! (and how to use them)

Primers are something that has gained popularity over the last year.  Still, not everyone uses one and the benefits from using a good one are too many to count!  Primers can help by reducing the look of large pores, filling in fine lines, and preventing foundation from looking cakey.  They also help with evening out the skin tone and making your makeup last much longer throughout the day!

I told you primers were good to use ;)

How to Use Face Primers

  • Use them after you apply your moisturizer, allowing at least 5 minutes for the moisturizer to settle into the skin.
  • Using a pea size amount of the primer and apply gently to the skin, paying attention to the under eye area.  This will allow any under eye concealer to glide on smoothly.
  • Then apply your concealer, foundation, or face powder as you normally would

 Benefit the POREfessional Face Primer

Proving that there is a primer for every person, here’s one perfect for camouflaging large pores and fine lines.  Suitable for any skin type, this seems to provide the effect of having a soft focus lens over your skin. Slightly pigmented and very smooth, this primer does have a slight odor, but helps fill in large pores, keeping foundation from settling into them. This translucent balm won’t make pores disappear completely, but this will help in minimizing the appearance of them.  Benefit POREfessional retails for $29.99 USD for .75 ounces

Best for:  Combination skin

Price:  $29   (.75 oz)

Where to Buy:   Sephora  .  Amazon  .  eBay

Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector

Minimizing pores can be tricky. This primer can help solve that dilemma. This primer is soft and dries to a matte finish. Its lightweight formula is odorless and will disappear into your skin. As with most primers, a little goes a long way. This doesn’t seem to be as smooth as some of the other primers, however there is no odor. Clinique’s primer will best suit people with combination to oily skin and sells for $18.00 USD for .5 ounces.

Best for:  Combination to oily skin;   Those with large pores

Price:  $18  (.5 oz)

Where to Buy:    Amazon  .  eBay .  Some department stores

MAC Mattifying Gel

Most gel consistency primers have a tendency to slide, but this is the exception to the rule.  This gel absolutely stays put and therefore is great for people with oily and combination skin. It glides on smooth and dries to a smooth matte finish helping to reduce and control the amount of oil on the face.   This remarkable serum transforms your skin into a perfect canvas for your foundation. MAC Mattifying Gel sells for $19.00 USD for .75 ounces.

Best for:  Any skin type looking for matte finish

Price:  $19  (.75 oz)

Where to Buy:   MAC

Palladio Herbal Face Primer

Palladio primer comes in a gel form, and not only prepares the skin for foundation but helps moisturize it as well.  It has a velvety feel that helps treat the skin, fills in fine lines and reduces the look of pores.  One of the best selling points of this product is its price.  It retails for $11.99 USD at both Sally’s Beauty Supply and ULTA for .68 ounces.  Since this is a gel formula it can glide on slick so it is probably best for those with dry or combination skin.

Best for:  Combination to Dry Skin;  Mature Skin

Price:  $12  (.68 oz)

Where to Buy:   Makeup Geek Store

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

OK, so that’s a long name for a primer, but its well worth it!  If I had to choose just one primer to wear daily, it would be this one. This primer has been revamped and no longer comes in the flesh color that the original did, it is now a clear color. It has a powdery, velvet finish and glides on smoothly. It is silicon based which is perfect for people with more sensitive skin. It creates an even layer for foundation to adhere to causing your foundation to last longer and wear better. This retails for $30.00 USD.

Best for:  All skin types

Price:  $30  (1 oz)

Where to Buy:    Amazon  .  Sephora . eBay


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