Beauty Edit: Primer Picks


Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer* | MAC Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer in Neutralize | Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Oil Free | Avon MagiX Illuminating Face Perfector*

Primers are a staple step when it comes to my makeup routine. When you spend the time to go through the stages of foundation, contour, blush, eyeshadow, you don’t want to step out of the house only to find it all melt away within a couple of hours.To prevent this from happening I have a few favourite primers are on permanent rotation. Why so many? Well similar to my skincare I like to have primers with different properties so that depending on how my skin is behaving or which look I am trying to achieve, there is a primer to suit. The above four are my top picks and staples that get me through every primer emergency.

Out of the four selections above, my most used everyday primer is the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Oil Free. This helps to add moisture to my skin whilst keeping my makeup in place all day. I have almost used up this entire bottle which shows how much I love it. Come rain or shine (even in Winter or Summer) I can count on this primer to get me and my makeup through the day. A few people don’t get on with the Oil Free version of this primer but it works perfect to prevent my T-Zone from getting too oily and it doesn’t clog up my skin or pores.

My second most used primer is the MAC Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer in Neutralize (that’s a mouthful!) This used to be the only primer that I had and I got it to cancel out the redness in my cheeks. This is a yellow based primer and for someone whose skin can get quite red, this works perfectly to balance out the redness and neutralize the skin. Any days where my skin is slightly redder then normal or if I have any blemishes that are particularly red, this does the trick to help them blend away.

The final two primers are ones that I use for specific occasions. The Avon MagiX Illuminating Face Perfector* is one that I go to when I want to add highlight to the skin. A small bit of this primer dabbed on the high points of your face and you instantly get a dewy glow where it has been applied. It really does illuminate the skin and I love using this when I’m going out or for a special occasion. The Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer* is similar to the Avon Primer but is a pinky coloured primer. I use this all over my skin when I want to add an extra glowy oomph, for example in the Summer. This primer gives a bit more life to my skin and sometimes I mix this with the Laura Mercier Primer for the best of both worlds!

Do any of these primers make it into your favourite picks? What are your favourite primers?

*pr sample

  • Really want to try the laura mercier!

    A little bit Unique


    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      It’s a really lovely primer xx

  • Helen

    I really love The Body Shop Vitamin C one, but there’s a Smashbox photo ready one that I love too! xox
    Cosmetics, clothes and cute things (:

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      I have heard some great things about the Smashbox one!xx

  • I’ve never used a face primer before. Since summer is coming up I think I’ll grab some Laura Mercier’s.

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      It makes the world of difference xx

  • Beth

    I loved the That Gal primer, it smells lovely too!

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      It makes a real difference to my skin it helps it to look a lot more illuminated xx

  • Jas

    I like the sound of the mac prep and prime I might try it out! x

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      It really helps out the redness in my cheeks xx

  • I use the Laura Mercier Radiance primer & I absolutely love it but recently I think my skin has become more oily so I may have to start using something a little different- my makeup keeps sliding at the moment!
    Poppy | far away

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      Maybe the oil free version would be better =) xx

  • The Laura Mercier primer sounds really nice.
    I use the perfect world skin gaurdian by origins
    It’s silicone based so it holds my makeup really well
    and fills in my fine lines and pores nicely.

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      That sounds similar to the Benefit PoreFessional!xx

  • I’d love to try the Laura Mercier one as i sometimes frond Mac’s Prep and Prime a little thick for my skin!

  • I need to start using a primer more for my make-up. I usually only prime my lids for eyeshadow.

    • A Girl and a Beauty Blog

      It does make a big difference xx