I feel like priming is a relatively new concept. When I say new, I mean in the last 5 or 6 years. Perhaps I was too young to remember whether priming was a thing but the important thing is that I know all about this revolutionary concept now.
So let’s start with what it is – A primer is a base coat that preps the skin to ensure your foundation looks smoother, more flawless and to even help it last longer.
As primers have become more mainstream, brands have experimented with them and come up with primers for every skin type, tone and concern. There’s even different colours available!
I used to think smothering a primer on would cause all my pores to get blocked and result in massive breakouts. Instead, primers work as a barrier between your skin and foundation, stopping your foundation from absorbing into the skin and clogging your pores. The barrier smoothes the texture of the skin, minimises the appearance of pores, fine lines and scars. Despite extensively researching this and even finding non-comedogenic primers I wasn’t sure and stayed away.
Sadly mother dearest has blessed me with crater pores and as I’m getting older, I’m becoming more and more aware of them. I recently tried out this foundation and was horrified at how my pores were showing up that I went out and bought a primer that same day. So does it actually make a difference?
I’ll let the following photos do the talking…
I used the same foundation which is the L’oreal infallible foundation stick. I didn’t use a brush or blending sponge to even it out or work it into the
skin peel. I just wanted to show you exactly how it applies directly from the stick and just how bad the pores look. I then used the L’oreal pore refining primer shot for the photos below.
IKR!! WHAT KIND OF SORCERY…..?!!
So once again, I just used a little bit of primer on my finger and spread it across the peel. Using the same foundation stick I went over the primed area and I was amazed at the difference. I didn’t realise just how much of a difference it can make and it’s definitely made me rethink how I apply my makeup.
The photos and demo in this post was a really rushed job and I didn’t use any makeup tools whatsoever so you can imagine how flawless your base can look if, like me, you feel conscious about your pores or scarring.
Let me know your thoughts below 🙂