I’m always on the look out for the latest primer that will smooth my skin, reduce my pores and make me look twenty again! – maybe the latter is a bit of a high expectation, but you never know!…. I have primers I like, Primers I love and Primers I hate.. Here are just a few of my most used..I have about 2-3 which I use but I’ve not included but I DO really like them, I just wanted to stick to series of top five!
1.Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning – Have a good skin day every day with Clarins Instant Smooth Self Tanning, a caramel-tinted complexion perfector and self tanner all in one. Experience the magic of Clarins’ iconic Instant Smooth with the gorgeous glow of a self tan. The Instant Smooth Self Tanning formulation instantly tints the skin so that you can see where you’ve already applied the tan. It then progressively develops into a gorgeous, semi-permanent, sun-kissed glow in just 1-2 hours. Quick to apply and even quicker to dry, this is tanning like you’ve never experienced before. This leaves my skin soft and smooth, a great base to apply foundation over with the added bonus of a touch of colour! Available from £14.00.
2.Benefit Porefessional – POREfessional Quickly minimise the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put. Contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals. This does what it says on the tin! Smooths pores making make up last and look flawless. But very expensive for a tiny 22ml… Available from £24.50!
3.bareMinerals PrimeTime – A foundation primer developed to address flaky dryness, fine lines, excess oil, and enlarged pores. This mineral-infused formula glides on with no tacky feel to provide a skin-smoothing complexion prior to applying Foundation. I use this with both mineral and liquid foundation, gives a great finish to both. Available from £21.00.
4.Smashbox Photo Finish Light – Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with a silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grapeseed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation to increase makeup wear, Smashbox’s best-selling primer helps smooth fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish. Long lasting and gives a great base for foundation. Available from £12.50 (travel size).
5.Urban Decay De Slick Spray – Meet your most powerful oil-control ally. De-Slick mists on weightlessly to control oil, deflect surface shine and keep skin looking beautifully matte. High-tech ingredients help keep foundation, shadow and blush from smudging, sliding or fading – so you hardly ever need to touch up. This groundbreaking, clinically tested formula features patented Temperature Control Technology. Yep, this baby actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to help it stay put and keep skin looking smooth (but never shiny). The spray delivers a microfine mist that goes on so light, you’ll hardly feel it – and once you’ve applied it, you won’t even know it’s there. De Slick is a great product as you can put it directly on clean skin before foundation as a primer and then spray over your foundation to set your powder, It really is a great product, I was sent a deluxe sample of the all nighter spray as you can see above. It’s good but it doesn’t make my make up look as flawless as long as De Slick. Available from £9.00 (Travel size).
I’m going to a Wedding in Sicily soon and am trying to decide if any of the above will be coming with me or if there is a better one for hot climates to stop my make up from sliding down my face?!
What’s your favourite holiday primer?