Do you find that your foundation slips or goes patchy on your nose and forehead, where your skin is oilier" There are some brilliant primers for oily and combination skin out there – used after moisturising (or straight after a hydrating serum, as you prefer) a good primer will create a smooth base for your makeup and help to balance and control oils so that your foundation sticks around for longer.
As I’ve been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for about the past eight hundred years and so have a face that’s as dry as a prune, I set my friend Charlotte the task of testing out four different primers. Here’s her feedback…
Zelens Velvet Primer, £42 from Cult Beauty here. This oil-free primer claims to help control shine and create a protective barrier between the skin and the elements. All whilst being virtually weightless. It’s packed full of powerful antioxidants, making this more than just a primer – it’s a high-tech face protector with makeup-staying benefits. What did Charlotte think of it"
“This one is my favourite by far. It feels so nice and luxurious to apply and almost feels like satin on the skin. The staying power is pretty good too. I can go for the majority of the day without having to re powder and even if I forget, I don’t end up shining like a light bulb by the time that 6pm comes around. The only thing I would say is that the tube is quite small so not sure how great value for money it is as I can see myself using it up quite quickly.” (Note, it’s 30ml, which is the same as the Estee Lauder one below but yes, the tube looks much smaller!)
Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer, £30 from FeelUnique here. A classic – pore-blurring, skin-smoothing, oil-controlling primer with an oil-free formula. I have to say that this one is an old favourite of mine – I used to use it when filming under hot studio lights to stop shine and keep my makeup from melting off! There...