5 Ways To Use Primer Like A Pro

Think primer is just an unnecessary
‘filler’ product? Think again

Even though it’s probably not the ‘star attraction’ in your beauty bag, primers have a multitude of uses. Crossing the divide between skincare and make-up, it enhances both so you can achieve an A-list-worthy complexion that lasts all day. There are many different kinds to choose from, so once you’ve picked the perfect primer for you you’ll wonder how you ever coped without it. Here are five great things it can do…

Get a smooth and even foundation finish
The most well-known use for primer is that it creates a smooth canvas so foundation application is a breeze, without any clumping or settling into fine lines or pores. Gosh Velvet Touch Foundation Primer creates a soft surface so that your foundation will look fantastic over the top. £12.99 Superdrug



Help a smoky eye stay put
Primer’s not just for helping foundation to stay put – if you’ve spent time to create that perfect cut-crease eye shadow, you don’t want it creasing or smudging several hours later. A few dabs of Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray Primer blended over the eyelid will ensure immaculate eyeliner and shadow pigments don’t budge when applied over the top. (It’s also great for under eye concealer too.) £20.50 lookfantastic.com



It can be worn on its own
If you’re not a fan of full-coverage base make-up, a hard-working primer can blur imperfections and provide a protective shield of SPF. It’s especially good in the summer, when you don’t want your skin sweltering under heavy foundation. NARS Smooth and Protect Primer reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines contains protective SPF 50. £27 Fabled



Correct discolouration and get your glow back
Dealing with an ashy, dull complexion? Finding a light-reflecting primer can imbue your skin with a healthy glow and counterbalance any drabness. Make Up For Ever ‘Step 1’ Skin Equaliser Caramel Radiant Primer gives skin a healthy dose of radiance, leaving it perfectly prepped for foundation. £25.50 Debenhams



Banish problem skin
Whether it’s a shiny T-zone, spots, large pores or a dry flaky complexion – there’s a primer that will have the antidote. French ladies love Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre (£13 Asos) to create a hydrating base under their foundation for very dry skin. While oily types can reduce shine with the aptly-named Shine Killer by NYX Professional Make-up (£11 Cult Beauty). And for skin prone to break-outs, opt for MAC Prep + Prime Blemish Control Gel (£13.50 John Lewis *N.B. We suggest you only use this on problem areas rather than cover the entire face*)



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