When it comes to primers, you either swear by them or you have mixed feelings and generally avoid them, but the primer devotees will tell you that they lay the groundwork for your foundation, filling in lines and blurring imperfections while others see them as an extra step in an already lengthy routine. When it comes to primers and the role they play in makeup application, not all are created equal. They have evolved well beyond the veil that would sit atop our skin like a thin layer of Teflon for our foundation to glide over, now offering skincare benefits, oil-controlling properties and formulations made without chemicals and synthetics.
Regardless of what camp you find yourself a part of, we turned to Amybeth Duclos, principal and celebrity artist for Bespoke Beauty to get a pro makeup artist's take on primers and how we can benefit from them.
For Duclos, primers are a "can't live without" product and an essential part of any makeup application, due to the advancement in their formulations and the multiple benefits they provide. "Primers are a key step to prepare the skin for maximum results from your foundation," says Duclos. "Whether it is staying power you are looking for, an overall flawless finish to be photo ready or a base to help your makeup go on smoothly, a primer is key in helping you achieve these results." Duclos loves primers for their multipurpose qualities and their ability to enhance various skin types. For a "glow from within" look Duclos always stocks a primer with light-diffusing properties in her kit for a beautiful spotlit finish to the skin.
To help you in your search for the primer that is right for you, we've pulled together some of the latest and greatest including some of Duclos' top picks.
Meet the No. 6 Beauty Primer ($42) from Canadian brand Florés Boticario, formulated with natural moisturizers and hydrators including sea kelp, aloe vera, borage and sandalwood oil that work together to balance the skin, smooth the complexion and reduce the appearance of pores. This certified organic primer glides on beautifully creating a velvety feel to the skin. Can be used alone or under makeup to add longevity and freshness to the skin while keeping shine at bay.