Here at Boudoir by Alexandria Kenyon we are makeup obsessed! Whether you are getting your makeup done by a professional artist or you are a DIY kinda girl, primer is of the utmost importance! There are so many different types of primers out there, ones to minimize pores, ones to color correct, ones to get rid of shine and the list goes on and on.  How do you know which one best suits your skin type though?  My amazing Makeup Artist, Makeup by Christina, is here to help you pick out your perfect primer!


How do you pick the right primer for your skin type?

There are as many primers as there are lipstick shades these days. The benefits to having so many primers from so many brands, is that you're sure to find the perfect fit for your skin type. The first step to finding the right primer is to evaluate your personal skin type. Oily ladies, such as myself, would benefit from a shine control mattifying primer. Dry skinned ladies would greatly benefit from a hydrating primer, since many foundations will cling to dry patches making the skin look dull and cakey, and a hydrating primer will greatly reduce these problems. I personally find that color correcting primers have little to no benefit. Remember that you can use more than one primer (sounds excessive, I know) for different areas of the face to achieve a flawless finish. For example, I like to use an oil control primer in my T-zone, a pore perfecting primer near my nose, and a nice silicone smoothing primer for all other areas.


What are some of the most important things to look for in a primer?

When finding the right primer for you, the MOST important, and most commonly made mistake is to make sure you're choosing a silicone based or water based primer based on your foundation. If you choose a silicone based primer and use a water based foundation, you are setting yourself up for disaster. Silicone and water do not bind together, therefore causing your foundation to separate and get patchy as the day goes on. Secondly, making sure your primer suites your skin type is just as important, an oily girl using a hydrating primer is sure to look like a sweaty mess in no time. Equally, a dry skin woman using a mattifying primer will be very uncomfortable. Lastly, YouTube trends are laughable at times. If I came at my clients face with aftershave balm or chafing cream, I'd be fired!

What are your favorite primers and why?

My personal favorite primers are the Becca Ever Matte primer, the Smashbox Pore Minimizing primer, and the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day primer and setting spray. The Becca Ever Matte primer is an oily girls dream come true. Yes, it is a little pricey but, half a pea size drop is all you'll need to keep you absolutely matte all day! The Smashbox Pore Minimizing primer is perfect for reducing the look of pores without causing breakouts and a little goes a long way as well. Last but not least, the product that I expected to be nothing special has quickly become a kit staple of mine is the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day primer and setting spray. This can be used before AND after your makeup, leaving your face feeling fresh! It also has five different scents and you are sure to find one you love! Oh, and did I forget to mention it is extremely affordable? I love finding amazing products with amazing prices!!

Do people need to spend a lot of money in order to find a quality primer?

I'm not very familiar with many drugstore primers, but I do know that not all high end primers are worth the big price tag. I've spent top dollar on the "must have magical face primer" and have been disappointed, as well as been pleasantly surprised by less expensive brands. Overall, it's a trial and error process just like all other makeup products. It takes some time but once you find something that works for you and doesn't cause breakouts, stick with it!