I’m not one to reapply my makeup throughout the day. This is partially down to laziness, and partially down to not wanting to add any further weight into the travelling circus that is my handbag. That said, I hate it when I get home in the evening as bare faced as when I woke up that morning, my carefully applied face having literally slipped off throughout the day. This is where primers are your best friend. Investing a little time in prepping your skin not only results in a lovelier finish on application, but also gives the kind of staying power that’ll see you through the longest of days. My top three primers right now are looking a little like this…
MAC | Mineralize Timecheck Lotion
A relatively new offering from MAC, I love the water-based almost gel-like consistency of this base primer. It’s great on the moisture front and absorbs immediately with no greasy residue, ideal my kind of dry skin. Also boasting pore-minimising properties, it’s a great lighter base for everyday use as opposed to silicone heavy primers that tend to spark breakouts. The result is fresh faced smoothness that foundation glides over and a definite boost in the staying-power of your base. Available at MAC counters nationwide, it's a little steep at €41.50 but the bottle is quite large and a little goes along way.
Benefit | They’re Real Tinted Mascara Primer
Not officially launching until Stephens Day, this little gem from Benefit, has me intrigued. A mascara primer that goes onto bare lashes to be used with ‘the one you love’ (I’m back on my ‘They’re Real’ mascara in a big way right now). The idea being that this base acts as a conditioning base that thickens & lengthens lashes before mascara. I love the mink colour, I’ve tried white mascara primers in the past and I always felt they somewhat dull down the blackness of my mascara. Combined with a decent mascara the resulting effect falls into in the falsies category. Thick, full, long-lasting lashes right up until your pre-bedtime cleanse. Available from Benefit counters nationwide from Dec 26th, priced €26.50.
Urban Decay | Eyeshadow Primer Potion
An oldie but a goody! I recently rediscovered Urban Decay’s eye potion primer and am once again a huge fan. I love that the creamy consistency is colourless and leaves an almost velvety finish to apply your eye colour over. It also acts as a barrier for colour gathering in the crease of your lid over the course of the day or even more so a full night out (which I hate), a major box to be ticked when it comes to eye primers. This teeny tiny bottle includes an application wand and although tiny, lasts a deceivingly long time. Included with most Naked palettes, you can buy the full sized version at Urban Decay counters nationwide (€21.00).