I’ve been trying out a variety of primers recently that have skin perfecting qualities- delivering intense hydration, blurring pores and correcting tonal inconsistencies- and I wanted to share a few of them with you that I think are worth trying if you suffer with certain skin issues.
First up is my favourite, and a hero for combination skin, the Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion (£22 from Boots). This is basically a moisturising cream crossed with a gel that delivers a heavy dose of moisture to dry areas and mattifies any shiny areas to create a soft and smooth HD matte base for you to start applying your makeup on to. I love it as my skin is mostly dry but I do have some shiny patches around my t-zone area – so with this I can tackle all my problems at once and create a uniform base that makeup sits a lot nicer on. Kim Kardashian and Karlie Kloss apparantly swear by it too. It feels very comfortable and cooling on – basically no different to a moisturiser in terms of what it feels like on your skin.
If you have dry skin and visible pores or lines, you need to try the new Hylamide HA Blur (£19 from Deciem). It’s a clever pore and fine line blurrer and hydrator in one. Hyaluronic Acid powder is used to create the prism-like shapes that scatter light in different directions to hide these imperfections. Silicas are usually found in most of these skin blurring products, but they don’t work well with dry skin and makeup often doesn’t sit on them very well either. This product utilises new technologies to treat and mask the skin at the same time, and create a soft and smooth base for makeup. Despite not containing silica, it does have the same texture as products that do; however it feels a lot more comfortable on the skin- like it has sunk in instead of just sitting as a layer on top.
Finally, the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Super-Blur Imperfections Eraser (£8 from Boots) is good for those with normal skin who just want to hide small flaws and imperfections in certain areas before applying foundation. It uses silicone technologies to fill in fine lines and places a transparant light-scrambling film over pores. It’s an instant skin smoother, but it’s purely cosmetic.
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