Thursday, 24 March 2016

TOP 5 FAVOURITES EDIT || PART ONE : PRIMERS

If you do not have at least one makeup primer in your collection, then you really are missing out on the secret to a flawless and long-wearing base.
Although many of us often try to reduce the amount of products that we apply to our skin, in the constant search for minimal beauty or just for saving a bit of time in the mornings, sometimes adding an extra little something can in fact make the world of difference to your over all routine..and a Primer is the perfect example of that. I feel like a lot of people tend to skip this step in their makeup routine, purely because they are confused about how to use a primer, and they do not understand the full extent of what benefits a primer actually offers..I know this because I used to be one of these people. Up until a couple of years ago, I never primed my skin before applying makeup, and I always thought that Primers were a bit of a gimmicky product that were not worth investing in..oh, how wrong I was! It was only when I started getting caught up in this whirlwind world of blogging and youtube, that I decided to test out a few primers that had been recommended to me, to see what all the fuss was about, and honestly, it was not long until I was hooked. I started to notice such a massive change in how my makeup looked and applied on my skin..My fine lines and imperfections were blurred, my pores looked practically non-existent, my foundation and other products applied much smoother and my makeup lasted on my skin SO much longer! I was so amazed by what a difference just adding a thin layer of primer over my skincare and beneath my foundation could make, and it turned me into a bit of a crazed fanatic..I started to explore and experiment with primers a lot more, and I began to learn so much more about them, which has resulted in me building up quite a collection. Like any other makeup product, I have come across some Primers that just do not work well for me and my skin, but I have also discovered some really amazing ones, which I absolutely love.. 

 Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water || Branded originally as just 'fancy water', the innovate Smashbox primer water went on to prove many people wrong (including myself), as it revealed all of its incredible characteristics. Think priming benefits, hydration and sheer radiance, all in just 1 spritz, and that is exactly what this primer water is. It is free of alcohol, silicone and oil, but it is packed with revitalising electrolytes to awaken the skin, and leave it vibrant and radiant for hours. Moisture in the skin is also restored as the water instantly absorbs into the skin for lasting hydration throughout the day. What I love most about this primer is that it is very unique in the fact that it can be used in three different ways..spritz it under foundation to create the sheerest cover for makeup application, use it over the top of your finished makeup, to lock everything in and keep it all in place, or spray it all over your face throughout the day to refreshen your makeup and wake up the skin..it is just such a versatile priming product, that is suitable for all skin types, and I recommend it to everybody.

 Becca Backlight Priming Filter || This one is the latest addition to my primer collection, and even though I have only used it a handful of times, it is quickly becoming my absolute favourite out of them all. It really is the secret to gorgeous glowing skin - just think, your skin but better! Backlighting acts as an instant filter, which creates an airbrushed effect to make the skin look naturally luminous..this primer has even been infused with a unique blend of crushed pearls, to allow the skin to catch the light in the most gorgeous way, so it looks as if you are simply glowing from within. The velvety textured primer has a golden tint to it, and it has a silky soft and featherweight formula that just melts into the skin and blends seamlessly. The result is a smooth, even canvas and a healthy luminescent glow, that extends the wear of your makeup from day to night. I honestly cannot compliment this primer from Becca enough..it is basically a photographic filter in a bottle, and everybody needs it in their makeup collection.

 Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer || Being one of the first primers that I ever used, I had high expectations for this product, to prove to me that primers were in fact as good as everybody says..and it certainly did not let me down! This was the one that made me realise, Primers are not at all gimmicky, like I originally believed, and that they do actually offer great benefits. For a while this was one of the most talked about primers in the beauty blogging community - it is even a multi-award winning primer..and for good reason to. It is supremely silky, and lightweight and it just creates the perfect canvas for foundation application. With just a pea sized amount of the clear primer soaked into clean, moisture skin, both fine lines and pores appear reduced and makeup longevity is increased.

 Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow || The ultimate miracle fix to turn around tired, dull and dehydrated skin, comes in the form of the Wonderglow Anti-Ageing Primer from Charlotte Tilbury! Wether it is makeup or skincare, Charlotte Tilbury can do no wrong - all of her products are absolutely incredible, and wonderglow is up there with one of my favourite products of hers yet. This primer is a cross between an anti-ageing elixir and a complexion-enhancing light diffuser, and it gives the skin that instant 'spotlight' effect. Just taking a small amount of product, and blending it in all over the skin creates the definition of youthful and healthy skin; glowing, hydrated and effervescent. As well as using this primer underneath my foundation, for a smooth and flawless application, I also like to use it alone on my makeup free days..It adds such a gorgeous, golden luminosity to the skin, that just looks really effortlessly lovely. Also, this one has added wrinkle-preventing anti ageing benefits included, who doesn't love the sound of that?!  

 Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer Balm || Possibly the most iconic Primer ever released, Benefit's POREfessional is a firm favourite across the globe. It is slightly tinted in colour and it has a beautiful velvety formula that just glides over the skin, to help reduce the appearance of pores, even out skin tone and keep your makeup looking great all day long. I only have the miniature sized tube of this one at the moment, and considering it is so tiny, it has lasted me such a long time! The second this runs out, I will be heading straight to my local Benefit counter to repurchase it - this time in the standard size tube

Now I realise just how much of a difference a primer can make to the overall finished look of your makeup. It is the one step in my daily routine that I notice if I miss it out, because my skin just does not feel or look as flawless or luminous as normal, and my makeup does not last as long during the day..so priming is definitely an essential step for me! 
One thing to always remember when you are in search for your perfect primer is that you can actually get different primers that combat different things, if you have any specific skin problems. You may have noticed that my top five primers all have skin boosting and luminosity factors, and that is because I suffer from dry and dehydrated skin, so I like something that is going to add a dewy glow to my skin and give me an overall brighter complexion. However, you can get different primers for many other skin issues as well such as, mattifying primers for oily skin, smoothing primers for uneven skin or even colour correcting primers for imperfections..So, you should not ever be limited in finding one suitable for you and your skin. 
What are your thoughts on priming? Which are your favourite Primers to use?

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Lots of Love,
ALICIA
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