One thing I always strive for in my daily beauty routine is to have smooth, flawless-looking skin. For me, good skin is achieved through a combination of living a healthy lifestyle and a range of different beauty products. I’m a bit of a beauty junkie, so I use a lot of products to achieve my “everyday” look, but each one plays an essential role in my routine.
Because I’m in my late twenties, my skin isn’t quite as smooth as it used to be. Really, it’s not! Whether other people notice them or not, those fine lines are definitely there. In order to keep my skin looking as youthful as possible, you better believe that I slather on the moisturizer and serums! Lately, I’ve been using Philosophy Ultimate Miracle Worker Night Creme before bed and Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Actively Hydrating Daily Lotion in the morning.
Of course, moisturizing is one way that I keep my skin looking smooth, but it’s not my only secret. You know what is? Primer.
Why Makeup Primer is Important
One of my number one beauty tips is to always use a primer before you apply your makeup.
When you use a primer, you’re essentially preparing your skin for makeup application. You apply it after your moisturizer, before foundation. When you use a primer, your makeup will wear better throughout the day. For me, that’s actually an added bonus. The main reason that I use primer because it smooths out my skin. Similarly to when people get chemical peels and other skin treatments to get rid of texture and notice amazing results, this means, when you start with a primer, the appearance of fine lines, pores and wrinkles is reduced.
The only problem with primers is that there’s too many options! Actually, that’s the problem with most beauty products, isn’t it? There’s seemingly endless choices, especially when you’re not sure how much to spend on a primer.
Today, I’m sharing my 3 current favourite primers, all of which come in at different price points.
Best Primers for Smooth Skin
Garnier 5 Sec Blur Instant Smoother:
This stuff is amazing. And yes, like its name implies, it will give you younger-looking, smooth skin within seconds. It feels rich and cushiony to the touch and frankly, feels like it should be expensive. The formula has a nice matte finish, so it hides pores and removes any excess shine. As soon as you rub it in, your skin instantly feels smoother to the touch.
You can purchase the Garnier 5 Sec Blur for around $16.00.
Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional:
Don’t let the name fool you. This stuff works wonders and tackles more than just your pores. That’s why I’ve included in my list of best primers for smooth skin.
I initially thought that because Benefit named this stuff, The POREfessional, that it was only meant for minimizing pores. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. The formula is silky and lightweight, so it helps the rest of your makeup glide on easily, as well as stay in place all day.
Benefit sells The POREfessional primer in a few different sizes, but the regular size sells for around $39.00.
Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer:
This primer has a special place in my heart, because it’s what converted me, if you will.
A couple years ago, Dermalogica had a booth set up at Spark Sessions. They were there to promote the Hydrablur primer, which was new to their line. Until then, I never considered using a primer as a part of my makeup routine. I remember they were surprised to hear that (since I said I loved makeup and all). They put a dab of the Hydrablur primer on my hand and told me to rub it in. OH EM GEE! I honestly couldn’t believe how smooth it made my skin feel! Like, it was life-changing.
I (thankfully) left the conference with a sample, which did go a long way…but I had to have it in the full size. It’s just that good.
Like the other products I’ve highlighted, the Dermalogica Hydrablur primer helps to minimize any fine lines and mattify excess shine. Your makeup will glide smoothly and easily onto your skin after application. What I also love about this particular primer is that it’s incredibly lightweight. As a result, it’s the easiest to blend.
You can purchase the full-size product for $63.00.
As far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong with any of these primers. They all do a fabulous job of smoothing your skin and setting a base for the rest of your makeup application. The benefit with shopping for higher end products, is that you will likely be able to try them out in store. That said, if you’re looking for a drugstore option, you can’t go wrong with Garnier!
Do you use a makeup primer and if so, which one?