Ever have a day when you turn on that lighted makeup mirror and scream? Or cry? I honestly believe you shouldn’t judge someone solely by their looks. But let’s be honest. Most of us want to look nice and presentable. And waking up with an oil slick or dull skin can be a real confidence buster. This article will address 5 common skin tone and texture problems and primers that can help. By the way the definition of primer is “A cosmetic primer is a cream or lotion applied before another cosmetic to improve coverage and lengthen the amount of time the cosmetic lasts on the face”. Kind of like an appetizer.

I have 3 disclaimers for you 1. I am not a dermatologist . I am not even a makeup pro. I’m just a human with typical beauty problems. 2. There is no one product that works for everyone ( maybe air, water). Please do a patch test before using and many products are returnable even after opened. 3. I am an affiliate for some of these retailers. Which means if you click on the link or make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. At no extra cost to you.

Problem One: Oily/Shiny Skin

Oily skin sometimes makes makeup melt off your face faster than Frosty in Florida. And we know that aggressive washing and harsh topicals can actually make it worse. Here is a popular choice that I sometimes add on a hot, humid day.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, 1 Ounce (1 Count), Makeup Primer, Refines Pores, Stops Shine, Smooths Skin, For Use Under Makeup or as a Standalone Skin Mattifying Product • $5.97

This Stay Matte primer by Rimmel gives a smooth, matte finish without drying out skin. A bargain at around six dollars, it received 4.3 out of 5 stars from over 5,000 reviewers on Amazon.

Problem Two: Redness

Red skin can be caused by a sunburn, allergies, and skin conditions such as rosacea. The best primers have a light green tint to neutralize the red.

MAKE UP FOR EVERStep 1 Skin Equalizer Primers – Texture & Redness Correcting
SIZE 1 oz/ 30 mL Sephora


Make Up For Ever has a whole line of corrective primers. This green one can correct red tones and improve skin texture. It received 3.7/5 stars on Sephora. I have used it and had good luck. Some brands actually make you look green. Not desirable.

Problem Three: Dull, Dry Skin

Our third problem is kind of the opposite of the first two. Dry, dull skin does not reflect light and can make you look older. But you don’t want a glittery highlighter cream all over your face. I think we may have a primer for that.

Hourglass – N 28 Primer Serum • Hourglass • $22

Hourglass is a favorite company of mine. It’s No. 28 primer serum claims to leave skin appearing dewier, younger, and more luminous. It also has a score of 4.4 out of 5 on Sephora.com

Problem Four: Dehydrated Skin

This skin is similar to the above one but is more severely lacking moisture. I’m calling in a cult favorite, which is a cream, mask, and primer, all in one.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, Face Cream and Makeup Primer • $28

This rich cream has a cult following and according to the manufacturer “The Lait-Crème Concentré is unanimously loved by professional makeup artists and models alike because it is the perfect face cream to prepare the skin perfectly for a makeup routine. It evens and smooths texture, and it unifies and brightens the complexion.” It says it’s for all skin types but I think it would be too thick for oilier skins.

Problem Five: Large Pores

Large pores is a common nuisance for many women. It doesn’t allow your makeup to go on smoothly no matter how many layers you pile on. And my chosen primer for this is.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, Clear, 0.67 Fl Oz (Pack of 1) • $5.46

This final primer received 4.4/5 from a whopping 9,996 reviewers on Amazon. For less than 6 bucks. From the manufacturer “A pore-blurring makeup primer, Baby Skin goes on like a moisturizer to help create a smooth canvas over which to apply foundation, and leaves the skin looking matte and poreless” It is already on it’s way to my house.

So there are 5 primers for 5 different skin problems. I just need to mix all of them together and spackle them on. Do you have a favorite primer? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Always trying to save face,

2 thoughts on “Putting Your Best Face Forward-There’s A Primer For That

  1. I have the Baby Skin primer & love it, although, now that I see some of the others, am thinking of giving them a try. Great article!

    1. Thanks for your input Denise. I just dug out my Embryolisse and am really liking the results!

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