If you haven’t been using face primers, you’re really missing out. If you already use a primer, you’re doing a great job because not to prime is a crime. Here’s the lowdown between silicone, cream and lotion face primers.
The Difference Between Silicone, Cream & Lotion Face Primers
Priming your face is a MUST. Whether you’re doing full face makeup or keeping it simple, face primers make your makeup smoother and last longer.
Basically, primer is the product you apply before you start putting on foundation, powder, etc. It creates a barrier between your skin and your cosmetics; it fills out any imperfections such as lines, pores, and color correcting; it also makes your foundation go on smoothly and gives you better results compared to applying makeup on bare skin.
Nowadays, there are a multitude of face primers that come in a variety of finishes, from matte to dewy. Here are the 3 basic types of primers and the differences between each.
Silicone-Based Face Primer
This kind of primer is often used for its smoothing and mattifying effects. It has a smooth and slippery consistency that, when applied to your face, leaves a velvety finish. It feels like silk!
This type of primer is best for oily to combination skin. Some silicon primers contain ingredients that regulate oil production and extend the wearing time of makeup. Some people say silicone primers aren’t good for dry skin since it tend to flake up and cause breakfast, and personally, I’d have to agree with that statement.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light is a great silicone-based primer. It quickly minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines. It’s a little pricey, but worth it.
A good dupe for the Smashbox primer is Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer. It’s so light on the face it feels as if you’re not wearing anything at all. It also doesn’t flake up on dry skin, like mine.
Cream Formula Face Primer
Cream formula primers have a much thicker consistency compared to silicone. This formula tends to contain moisturizing ingredients, making it a great choice for those with dry skin. Since this type of primer leaves a greasy finish, it’s best to start with a small amount and build as needed. Again, this formula is not for oily skin; you don’t wanna look like a greasy pancake, do you?
A good cream primer is Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer. The product description claims the Tarte primer has blurring and filling technology that gives your skin a youthful appearance.
L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base is a good dupe for Tarte’s smoothing primer. It has a whipped texture and is best when pressed onto the skin with your fingers or sponge.
Lotion Face Primer
Unlike cream face primers, lotion primers are light on the face. This kind of primer is good for normal to combination skin. Lotion primers are almost always formulated with hydrating ingredients and, unlike creams, absorb easily into the skin. Unlike silicone, lotion and cream primers transfer off the skin.
One good example of a lotion primer is Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It has SPF 15 protection and you know what SPF does to our skin when we’re in the sun.
NYX Angel Veil happens to be a good dupe. It is one of the Kathleen Lights’ favorite drugstore products and who could blame her when the product description says “your skin feels like it has been touched by an angel”. Mmm…
Knowing your skin type will make choosing the right primer much easier. If a certain texture works for you, stick with it!
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