Primed and ready to go

Friday, 9 November 2012

I was never one to follow those extra make-up steps or the advice a make-up artist would give. Purely because I was lazy and didn’t think that by adding in an extra product such as a primer would make the world of difference to what my end result would be. I was wrong, of course.

Just like a painter would prime his surface before painting, so should you before applying foundation. Pretend your face is a canvas and treat it like one. This is a primer comes in.

Primed and ready to go

What it is: A primer is usually a gel-like substance that is lightweight and silicone-based, and should disappear as soon as you apply it to your face. Some primers might contain bits of colour (like lavenders, greens or pinks), but these shades help calm redness and revive your skin tone. You can also get primers specifically for your lips (helps prevent lipstick from feathering and lips from drying out) and even your hair.

What it does: A primer is designed to smooth and prepare the skin for what is to come next – your make-up. It fills in lines, wrinkles and even large pores. The great thing about applying a primer is that helps your make-up last longer and controls shine. So you won’t find your make-up sliding down your face by lunchtime.

When to apply: Using your fingertips, always apply your primer onto cleansed, moisturised skin before applying your foundation.

Primers to try:
1. Guerlain Météorites Perles, Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer, R680
2. Optiphi Set The Canvas, R227.43
3. Accessorize Primer, R129.99
4. Gosh Foundation Primer Classic, R190
5. Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer, R135

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Heidi G

    Eye shadow primer makes a huge difference and help makeup last so much longer. I can’t go without primer!

    5 years ago •

  1. Zellikinz

    The Almay primer is so affordable, I think i should try it out.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    This is a very article. But can I use green primer as well as the clear one?

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Really interesting, I would need one for redness so probably Almay

    5 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    You know after reading this article, I agree, we all need a primer

    5 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Would love to try Gosh and Almay Primers

    6 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Can’t live without a primer! Love the claudia stevens makeup prep

    6 years ago •

  1. Swartz

    thanks for the tip I am going to try it. Awesome advise thank you again

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Never tried a primer before, will invest in one!

    6 years ago •

  1. MissAnnieMK

    I haven’t used Primer before. Haven’t actually needed to because I don’t wear much makeup!! However, this will be in my kitbag for my wedding day.

    6 years ago •

  1. Nikhat

    the one primer I have tried made my foundation slide of my face. Think I need to give some of these primers a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Im looking for a yellow primer. Im using catrice prime and refine at the moment. It really makes pores look smaller

    6 years ago •

  1. Mansoor

    Definitely going to try this.
    Thanks for the article.
    Always wondered what can I do to make my makeup last longer.

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    I don’t like to use primer everyday but its a great product to look flawless when its a special or important event.

    6 years ago •

  1. K@t

    Primer does certainly help reduce pore size and shine!

    6 years ago •

  1. Cass1231

    Guerlain Météorites Perles, Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer would love to try these!

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    My favourite two primers (I can’t choose!) are Inglot and Smashbox. Love them both.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I LOVE, love primer. I had no idea that Accessorize made one – nice affordable options as well. :)

    6 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Never tried primer before. This seems like something I should try. Pricey though

    6 years ago •

  1. Diana

    I also use a primer and it;s very light and just pulls everything together to make a pretty picture

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I love the Almay Smart Shade perfect and correct primer…….makes my skin feel so good even before I apply anything over it

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Love using primer before my foundation, just completes the look

    6 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Just sounds like too much clogging……i prefer using a BB cream. All in one….with less fuss :-)

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Have heard good things of the Almay primer

    6 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    I can’t wait to try the Almay primer!

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I heard some good reviews on some of the primers. Might be time to get one. I wonder if there is any visible difference with before and after applying.

    6 years ago •

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