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As a professional makeup artist I often get asked ‘do primers really work’? My answer? Yes! As a woman in my mid thirties, I don’t have the youthful skin of a twenty something, my eyelids although always hooded are certainly feeling gravity and those fine lines around my eyes and smile like to make themselves known to all. In order to help combat creasing eyeshadows, dull lack luster looking skin, feathering lipstick, I need to PRIME!
There are two essential primers I can’t live without.
The first being Laura Mercier Radiance foundation primer and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.
Using a foundation primer helps act as a barrier between your skincare and foundation and acts as a buffer to environmental elements. The reason I love the Laura Mercier Radiance primer is because it contacts a beautiful pearlescent tint which creates a soft focus effect (like you’ve just used your favourite instagram filter) which helps blur imperfections and makes your skin look radiant and youthful. The perfect base to use prior to your foundation of choice.
If, like me, you find that an hour after applying your favourite eyeshadow it’s gone into a dirty looking crease in the socket of your eye, you NEED an eyeshadow primer. There are a lot on the market, and I’ve tried and tested all of them (believe me), and the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is my go-to, can’t live without, absolute necessity. Apply a thin layer of this non-coloured primer to your eyelids from your lash line up to your brow bone and then apply your eyeshadow and eyeliner over the top. This will ensure your eyeshadow stays put and does not budge from morning until evening. A total god send for those eyes on the hooded side!
My final primer that I love, is the MAC Prep and Prime Lip (£13.50). Apply this colourless lip base all over the lips, including over the lip line which acts as a base for all lipsticks and lip liners. This is especially great if you’re a fan of matte lipsticks but find they’re too drying. As this adds moisture to the lips it helps prevent that drying feel. And you’ll also find that your lipsticks won’t bleed into the fine lines around your lips when you use this over the lip line. A great essential to use for nights out when you want your lipstick to stay in place and look like perfection all evening!