5 Primers That Will Make Your Makeup Stay On All Day

photo: Cindy Mello

 

If there’s one thing I love more than anything, it’s browsing beauty aisles of a department store. There’s something so magical about all the lotions and potions on display, and I always like to see what’s cool at the moment and make a note of the things I’ve tried and want to get my hands on.

At the moment, I’m seriously loving primers. I never used to use them underneath my makeup, until Celina told me that she couldn’t live without them. I wanted my skin to look even, smooth, and resurfaced – so I picked up some of the coolest primers on the market, tried them, fell in love with them and now I’m sharing them with you. Your makeup will stay on no matter how hot it gets, don’t worry…

1. The first primer I fell in love with 

 
   
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer available here.

There’s a reason this primer is iconic, it was the first one I tried, I bought it one Christmas for myself when it was on promotion and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s velvety and transparent and will give your skin a refined, photoshopped finish. It’s really easy to use, it’s more like a gel cream than anything else, and I even use a drop of it in my eyebrow pomade when it’s dried out. The best thing about the Smashbox primer is that it’s developed for photos, so even if the flash is on, your skin will look amazing – and in real life, your skin will be softer and clearer.

2. The primer that changed my life 

Illamasqua Hydra Veil available here.

My skin was going through a bit of a rough patch (to say the least!). Hot and stinging after the shower, red all the time, and flaky when it was calm. I was getting quite fed up with it. The doctors said it seemed like rosacea and I needed to stop using beauty products – how can you tell a beauty junkie to stop using makeup? Argh! That all changed when my makeup artist friend recommended I try Hydra Veil. Part primer, part alien baby. It’s a jelly that you apply to your skin with a little spoon, and it instantly melts into your face and turns into refreshing liquid love. I recommend this to anyone struggling with their skin or foundation that dries out, it’ll give you glowing, fresh skin all day.

3. The perfect primer for summer 

 
   
Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Coconut Face Primer available here.

My number one love at the moment is coconut oil, using it on my skin and hair is a revelation – I don’t know why I didn’t do it before. It nourishes everything from my scalp to my eyelashes. I happen to think coconut products are the future! Marc Jacobs Coconut Face Primer is so good. At first, I was a little unsure since it’s quite liquidy and doesn’t really give your skin a new texture, but this one is perfect for a natural glow. It also keeps your foundation fresh all day. I like to mix a little in with my foundation to make it sheer and summer-proof, or warm it in the palm of my hands and rub it into my skin to make it super hydrated. Love this!

4. A primer that hides everything 

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer available here.

I tried the Hourglass primer based on the reviews and actually fell in love with it. This one is perfect for hiding uneven skin tone, redness, breakouts, and using over moisturizer. It dries so quick, you can use it if you have oily skin to make the base matte. I was won over by reviews that stated it made foundation look even, not patchy, and it definitely delivers. I keep this one on the back burner for events, or if my skin starts misbehaving.

5. My favorite color correcting primer 

Stila One Step Correct available here.

I might be strange for loving five different primers but I swear that each one makes your foundation look different every time. Giving you a fresher look based on what you need. One of my most favorite primers is the Stila One Step Correct. I actually keep it in my work bag with me, too.I use it with other primers, on its own as a primer to keep my foundation fresh and glowing, or instead of foundation. It’s seriously versatile, all the colors blend into my skin perfectly and give me perfect looking skin!

 

 
   

 

If there’s one thing I love more than anything, it’s browsing beauty aisles of a department store. There’s something so magical about all the lotions and potions on display, and I always like to see what’s cool at the moment and make a note of the things I’ve tried and want to get my hands on.

At the moment, I’m seriously loving primers. I never used to use them underneath my makeup, until Celina told me that she couldn’t live without them. I wanted my skin to look even, smooth, and resurfaced – so I picked up some of the coolest primers on the market, tried them, fell in love with them and now I’m sharing them with you. Your makeup will stay on no matter how hot it gets, don’t worry…

1. The first primer I fell in love with 

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer available here.

There’s a reason this primer is iconic, it was the first one I tried, I bought it one Christmas for myself when it was on promotion and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s velvety and transparent and will give your skin a refined, photoshopped finish. It’s really easy to use, it’s more like a gel cream than anything else, and I even use a drop of it in my eyebrow pomade when it’s dried out. The best thing about the Smashbox primer is that it’s developed for photos, so even if the flash is on, your skin will look amazing – and in real life, your skin will be softer and clearer.

2. The primer that changed my life 

Illamasqua Hydra Veil available here.

My skin was going through a bit of a rough patch (to say the least!). Hot and stinging after the shower, red all the time, and flaky when it was calm. I was getting quite fed up with it. The doctors said it seemed like rosacea and I needed to stop using beauty products – how can you tell a beauty junkie to stop using makeup? Argh! That all changed when my makeup artist friend recommended I try Hydra Veil. Part primer, part alien baby. It’s a jelly that you apply to your skin with a little spoon, and it instantly melts into your face and turns into refreshing liquid love. I recommend this to anyone struggling with their skin or foundation that dries out, it’ll give you glowing, fresh skin all day.

3. The perfect primer for summer 

Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Coconut Face Primer available here.

My number one love at the moment is coconut oil, using it on my skin and hair is a revelation – I don’t know why I didn’t do it before. It nourishes everything from my scalp to my eyelashes. I happen to think coconut products are the future! Marc Jacobs Coconut Face Primer is so good. At first, I was a little unsure since it’s quite liquidy and doesn’t really give your skin a new texture, but this one is perfect for a natural glow. It also keeps your foundation fresh all day. I like to mix a little in with my foundation to make it sheer and summer-proof, or warm it in the palm of my hands and rub it into my skin to make it super hydrated. Love this!

4. A primer that hides everything 

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer available here.

I tried the Hourglass primer based on the reviews and actually fell in love with it. This one is perfect for hiding uneven skin tone, redness, breakouts, and using over moisturizer. It dries so quick, you can use it if you have oily skin to make the base matte. I was won over by reviews that stated it made foundation look even, not patchy, and it definitely delivers. I keep this one on the back burner for events, or if my skin starts misbehaving.

5. My favorite color correcting primer 

Stila One Step Correct available here.

I might be strange for loving five different primers but I swear that each one makes your foundation look different every time. Giving you a fresher look based on what you need. One of my most favorite primers is the Stila One Step Correct. I actually keep it in my work bag with me, too.I use it with other primers, on its own as a primer to keep my foundation fresh and glowing, or instead of foundation. It’s seriously versatile, all the colors blend into my skin perfectly and give me perfect looking skin!