All About Makeup Primers

I recently mentioned on my Facebook page that once a week you could fire away with make up questions and would answer them to the best of my ability ūüôā in a post each week.

Last week I received some questions regarding a primers and a flawless finish

How do people get that flawless finish on makeup?¬†¬†I’ve tried primer and it made a difference but then I break out in acne for ages after. Any way to avoid the post makeup acne?

In this post I will answer the second part of this question regarding primers. Creating a flawless finish will be a answered in a following post.


Makeup primers are a gel fluid that is used to fill in fine lines , uneven texture and lock in moisture during the day, keeping the skin hydrated and resulting in a smooth and flawless finish.

The science-y part! In order for primers to create that lovely smooth finish many manufacturers add Silicone (Dimethicone) . Silicone is used in many beauty products from foundation to shampoo. Occasionally someone may find they have a mild allergy to Silicone that may result in a pimple like reaction- this is best diagnosed by a doctor if you suspect it to be the case.

The potential cause of breakouts?

Silicone based primers lock in moisture on the surface of the skin, while breathable it still holds in place whatever is sitting on the surface of  your skin ( last nights dead skin cells , oil etc).  Giving your skin a morning cleanse will help stop buildup getting trapped in your pores when applying your primer.

When using a  primer on a daily bases you may need to adjust the amount of product you are placing on your skin, remembering each is a layer on top of your pores,  a lighter coverage foundation maybe all you need.

Cleanse at the end of the day with a make up remover specifically designed to break down the oils and product , many make up products  contain thickeners and emollients and when left to sit on your skin can cause and aggravate breakouts.

Primers are a tricky product as they may help settle breakout prone skin or help aggravate sensitive skin, it about finding what primer is suitable for you.

Sweet tip : Translucent Powder

Still cannot find a primer to suit your needs? You could try the translucent powder technique which is currently growing in popularity and I use it from time to time.

After moisturizing ( skin no longer feeling tacky) brush on your translucent powder –¬†it also smooths the skins surface and sets your make up and apply your foundation as normal. Follow with a good cleanse at the end of the day.

Silicone free make up primers

  • Lorac Aquaprime oil free makeup primer
  • Sephora Collection Silicone free foundation primer
  • Korres Pomegranate Mattifying prime
  • Tarte Clean Slate Flawless 12 Hour Brightening serum





2 thoughts on “All About Makeup Primers

  1. I use Aveeno Baby daily moisturiser as a primer (a tip I got from one of New Zealand’s top make-up artists) and it works a treat. You get a big tube for $12 at the supermarket, lasts about six months and is great for sensitive skin as it’s designed for bubs. I also use pure extra virgin olive oil as a cleanser at the end of the day. It breaks down all my make-up (including waterproof mascara!) without leaving my skin feeling dry and squeaky. Since doing this my skin has been so much less prone to breakouts. I put it down to fewer chemical-laden products!

  2. Those are great recommendations! I also use olive oil for those nights when I have done a shoot or I think my skin needs some extra loving

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