The Beauty Bible: The Wedding Affair’s Top Primers
Morning all, I hope you are all well? We certainly are as we are heading into the weekend – I’m visiting up with some old school friends for a night of cocktails and dancing on Saturday. It’s going to be faaabulous! What are your weekend plans, loves? As we all know, weekends consist of nights out, daytime dining and often made-up faces, so it’s an essential that our make-up can withstand a whole day of busy-bee plans. Of course, this goes for your wedding day too!
Today, we’re talking about the staple must have beauty buy that brides, and any make-up lover need’s in their make-up bag, primer. We do love a good primer, in fact, it’s rare that we wouldn’t wear one. For those that don’t really ‘get’ what a primer is – don’t worry, we have got it all covered…
“So what us a primer?” I hear you ask. Primers do for your skin essentially what lingerie does for your figure – they smooth, flatten, conceal and hold things in place, so that everything you put on top of them looks immediately flawless. Whether you want to soften wrinkles, mattify, minimise the appearance of pores, or even out skin tone. Primers do this whilst creating a perfect base for make-up and helping it to stay put for longer.
Take a look at our top primers, for your wedding, a night out, or even just for every day use.
(P.S Looking for makeup artists? We have the loveliest selection, all hand approved by us here at The Wedding Affair. So, we can personally vouch for the fact there some of the talented around)
Smash Box Photo-finish Primer –
First up on this list is Smash box’s most recent primer innovation! This award winning primer is one that is a must try – their new oil free, 60% water based primer is ideal for oily, acne-prone skin and skin that is easily aggravated. And, that’s all thanks to it’s silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants. Not only does this primer keep oil at bay, it minimises the appearance of fine lines and pores for visibly softer, smoother skin. It glides on like nothing, making skin feel light and lovely as air.
Wear on it’s own for a natural radiant look, or wear under foundation to increase longevity and give the most flawless canvas for make-up.
Oh, and this one doesn’t break the bank, either. Great quality for a drug-store product that’s readily available from Boots.
MAC Cosmetics Fix +
My love affair with Mac Cosmetics Fix + continues. Essentially not a primer, but a lightweight, super hydrating mist. Not exactly what you would normally expect from a primer, but it most definitely does the trick (I wear daily).
Spritz a few times to cover the face before you apply make-up, let it set for a few minutes – then spray again a few times one you have completed. And tadaaa… what you end up with? An ever so natural look, free from shine, but with a slight dewy look. Gorgeous for any occasion for a light weight and barely there feel.
Mac Fix + would be especially ideal for a summer time, or destination wedding. Just spray when necessary for a refreshing boost and to keep make-up in place all day long!
Le Blanc De Chanel
Described by Chanel as “an ingenious, oil-free, multi-tasking foundation base that illuminates and evens the complexion while minimising the appearance of pores” A primer that adds subtle contour and radiance to the face. I would just like to say now… how great does this sound?! The unique concoction of powders provide a smooth, even, and utterly flawless finish.
Well, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Chanel, would we?
Witch Hazel and Licorice Extract prime skin for makeup by minimising the appearance of pores and evening skin tone. Not only does this primer work to improve the make-up application, but it also works hard to reduce redness and improve your actual skin.
Perfection in a bottle…
Benefit Cosmetics – The Porefessional
Not only is the name a stand out for this primer, but it too has won many awards. Benefit Cosmetics have created a primer that reduces pores, and not only by a little amount, but by a huge amount!
For brides that are seeking a quick fix this is for you! Quickly minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Simply apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. This translucent formula also contains a vitamin E derivative, popularly known to protect skin from free radicals!
I have a mega crush on the packaging, too. In fact, the whole of Benefits’ range looks super dreamy.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
And, to finish up? A luxurious mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15. The Hourglass Mineral Veil primer creates an impossibly smooth canvas and seamless look. Veil eliminates redness, minimises pore size, softens fine lines and creates a uniform canvas for a flawless makeup application.
This clean, satin-finish formula helps to keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading, while SPF 15 shields the skin from the sun.
Another primer that is perfect for your jollies or summer time wedding!
What are your favourite primers? Perhaps you are a make-up artist and know all the tricks of the trade, do let us know what your favourites are below in the comments section. Alternatively, what primer did you wear for your wedding?
Have a lovely weekend everyone! Ella x