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5 Drugstore Primers to Suit Your Skin Type


Recently I made a video all about the products I would recommend for beginners in makeup, in which I recommended my favourite drugstore products to achieve a daily wearable full face which you can view here. But today I wanted to begin taking this a step further and recommend some of my favourite products to suit a wide variety of skin types and concerns. Today I’m beginning with primers.

Many people are still unsure of the benefits they can actually receive from a primer and many just assume it’s like a moisturiser. Obviously depending on the type of primer you buy, you’re going to receive different benefits, but there are a few common traits that come with all primers. The most obvious benefit is that as the name suggests it primes your skin ready to start applying your makeup. It helps smooth out the skin surface ensuring your foundation goes onto the skin as smoothly as possible, increases the longevity of your makeup and helps prevent your foundation clogging up your pores which help keep acne and those pesky blackheads away. Choosing the right primer is really important to really experience all the benefits a primer can give you. So first and foremost, you need to understand your skin type. You can help identify your skin type by heading here. Once you know this you can find the perfect primer for you.

maybelline baby skinFor Large Pores: Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser – £7.99
Baby Skin primer is a silicone based primer meaning, it’s thicker than a regular cream and will help fill in the pores of your face providing you with a smooth even base to apply your foundation on.

l'oreal lumi magiqueFor Dry Skin: L’oreal Paris Lumi Magique – £9.99
If you have dry skin, this is going to be an amazing primer for you. This primer can actually be used under and over foundation to give a hydrating glow to the skin, perfect for more mature skin too.

no7 colour calmingFor Redness: No. 7 Colour Calming – £10.50
The No. 7 Colour Calming Primer is a thick green cream, but don’t be scared of it. When blended into the skin under the foundation, neutralises any redness. If you’re someone who suffers from rosacea this is going to be a great primer for you

Rimmel fix and perfect proFor Oily Skin: Rimmel Match Perfection Fix and Perfect – £6.99
This is my favourite drugstore primer of all time. Not just because I have oily skin, but it’s a really great primer that actually does everything it claims to do. I don’t always want to wear a foundation with a matte finish, so having a great mattifying primer is super important. This one keeps the shine away all day, smoothes the skin to make it appear flawless and really improves the longevity of your foundation.

elf mineral face primerFor smoothing the skin: ELF Mineral Infused Primer – £7.50
The Elf Mineral Primer is great for more mature skin, as it fills in fine lines and creases like a dream. The foundation is silicone based and is extremely hydrating making it perfect for most people regardless of skin type.

For combination skin: Mix and Match
Combination skin means you have a mixture of skin types or concerns on the different areas of your face. To get the primer right for you, it may be worth using different primers in the different areas. For example, if you have dry skin but a problem with pores in the t-zone, apply the L’oreal Lumi all over the face and then take a pinhead sized amount of Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser and press it into the specific problem areas.

What’s your favourite drugstore primer for your skin type?

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