Back in my day, you daubed a blob of mis-matching foundation on the red blotchy patches on your face, patted them over with some pressed powder to camouflage the colour, and then applied the rest of your make-up. Not so more today, where anything from broken capillaries, open pores, rosacea or oily patches can be eliminated before you even open a tube of foundation.
These are the new beauty primers, and it is considered cosmetic treason to even open your make-up bag without priming your face. And if that seems like a step too far, beauty experts all say that by applying primer, you are allowing your make-up to stay in place for longer, it makes your skin look more natural, it hides your blemishes, it fixes your make-up for longer, and generally allows your skin to maintain a flawless glow throughout the day.
Still reckon you don’t need a primer? Well, we’ve got one for every kind of skin blemish you can think of, so check out our best new beauty primers:REVLON Photoready Color Correcting Primer – $12.99
This is a great ‘all-in-one’ primer that will suit most skins, as it works to minimize flaws and even out skin texture. This primer is a lightweight cream that helps soften skin and diffuses light to help create a flawless look. It creates a perfect canvas so that your foundation will glide on more evenly and smoothly. You can even wear it as a foundation.Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer – $34.00
If you suffer from oily skin, shine and large pores, this is the primer for you. Ingredients include green tea which works to calm the skin, and vitamin E to re-balance. This targeted formula controls oil throughout the day and reduces shine, allowing to makeup look smooth, even, and flawless.Smashbox – Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer – $38.00
For those with red patches, you’ll already know that merely slapping on the foundation doesn’t conceal the redness, you need a colour correcting primer, and this one from Smashbox is superb. It’s lightweight, oil-free, and you can wear it on its own or under foundation. The green colour reduces redness but there are also apricot colours to counteract dark spots and lavender colours to brighten dull or sallow skin.La Rocca – C-Gold Reparative Primer – $75.00
A primer made with 24K gold, that actually helps stimulate cell regeneration, and has UVA/UVB protection, this is one serious primer. Formulated with 24K Colloidal Gold which promotes electron transfer with the metal ions naturally found in the skin and helps to stimulate anti-aging cell turnover. This primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and imperfections.IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lid Lines – $24.00
Does your eye shadow have a tendency to crease during the day? Well now there are primers that work to eliminate that, all whilst maximizing your eyeshadow’s pigment. This eye shadow primer provides a translucent finish that blends perfectly and invisibly into your eyelids, and works with every skin tone. It contains hydrolyzed collagen which helps to help smooth out the look of fine lines and wrinkles.