Makeup Artist’s 3 Favourite Primers.


I have been a makeup artist for a good 5 years now and in this time I have tried a lot of products some were great and some were duds, even though I have spent lots of money on makeup products that I didn’t love it’s okay because in my line of work I understand that this is necessary. If you only do your own makeup or you are a newbie makeup artist (no hate we were all newbies in the beginning) this is not the case and buying a product that is sub par is money out of your pocket that could be better used else where. This is why I am compiling a short list of my favourite makeup primers to use personally and in my kit to help you spend your money on a product that will work for you and your personal needs.

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Light

A very light cream consistency primer containing dimethicone and formulated without fragrance and oil making this primer a winner for even the most sensitive reactive skin types. This primer helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles due to the silicone ingredient making it an excellent base for a smooth makeup application. Dimethicone is also an ingredient that is excellent for the skin as it helps to prevent trans epidermal water loss or dehydration of the skin. In my experience this ingredient does not pill and is suitable for the majority of clients, even the more mature clients or those with slightly dryer skin.

You can find the full list of ingredients here.

2. Benefit The Porefessional.

The Professional primer is a very heavy duty primer that is also formulated with Dimethicone, see the pattern, but what sets it apart is the amount of silicone they have in this product and yet it doesn’t pill . . . witchcraft! This primer has a very gel like consistency that glides on to the skin but needs a bit more patience to let it sink in and dry. It creates a very matt and smooth finish that is really great for people with oily skin or people that struggle with breakouts or textured skin. The only down side, in my opinion, to this product is that it contains fragrance that will aggravate sensitive skins, so use with caution, especially on special occasions. A patch test is always a good idea.

You can find the full list of ingredients here.

3. Kryolan Underbase.

The Kryolan Underbase primer is the only primer on this list that does not contain Dimethicone so it is not as good at smoothing the skin as the other two products mentioned here. Where it shines however is in it’s wonderful moisturising and hydrating properties without being at all oily. This is due to the presence of glycerine in the ingredients. Glycerine is excellent at binding water molecules to the skin and thus preventing dehydration and the tendency for makeup to become patchy or disappear during the day, I wrote a blog post concerning this problem that you can read here. This primer is often used in my kit in conjunction with the Smashbox Photo Finish Light primer, either by layering the Smashbox primer over the Kryolan primer or alternatively by using them on different areas of the face depending on the needs of the client. This product also contains fragrance so it should be used with caution in clients with sensitive skin. One of the main reasons I love this product with such fervour is the ability to mix it with the Kryolan foundations or even colour correcting concealers giving you the ultimate control when using this product. I will write a blog post very soon about how I like to use and combine Kryolan products to perfectly suit my needs . .  . and make me feel a bit like a wizard.

You can find the full ingredient list here.

I hope you enjoyed this post and it helped you make an informed decision. Let me know in the comment section down below what your favourite and least favourite primers are.

Have a beautiful day.


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Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the products mentioned above, all opinions are my own. 


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