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Primer is the key to making sure your makeup stays put!
You’ve heard about them, you’ve probably seen them in the stores but what do makeup primers actually do?
A primer is a cosmetic product which creates a smooth, even barrier between your skin and your makeup. They help to fill in pores and fine lines, allowing products to glide on smoothly for the perfect application. Primers also create a canvas for your makeup to adhere to, not sink into, ensuring longer-lasting beauty, especially when you live in a hot and humid climate like ours.
When it comes to primers a little bit goes a long way. Start in the center of the face and work your way out – you want a light coverage, not heavy. We recommend using your fingertips or a sponge for a seamless application and make sure you avoid the eye area. Wait a few minutes for it to set before applying your foundation.
Check out our top 5 picks below…
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Create a perfect canvas with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, Smashbox’s best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish. It also makes makeup look better and last longer.
Priced at 249 AED on www.souq.com
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer creates a smooth, invisible layer that acts as a “buffer” to outside elements and expertly holds foundation. This water-based formula guarantees that your makeup stays fresh and color-true for hours. With vitamins A, C, and E added to protect the skin, it’s ideal for all skin types.
Priced at 160 AED at Areej in Marina Mall
Benefits Cosmetics The POREfessional
Quickly minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines and help makeup stay put with this priming phenomenon. The silky and lightweight formula can be worn under makeup to create a smoother-than-smooth canvas or used throughout the day to mattify shine and touch up problem areas.
Priced at 155 AED (22ml) and 210 AED (44ml) at Sephora
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer
Available in 10 formulas to target every texture and tone concern, the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer is perfect for balancing skin and achieving an ideal makeup result. It’s lightweight and creamy, leaving a more evenly toned appearance and increases foundation’s hold. The ideal primer for all skin types it leaves makeup looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smooth’s the look of the skin.
Priced at 165 AED at Sephora
NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer
This gel primer instantly refines the look of pores, regulates shine, and creates a matte surface to the skin for smooth and long-wearing makeup application. Mineral Powders manage oil in the T-zone while blurring the look of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. Not yet available in Abu Dhabi, you can purchase it at Sephora in Dubai Mall (189 AED).
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