HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PRIMER COLOR
PRIMERS VS BEAUTY BALMS AND CC CREAMS
Make up Primers come in translucent and skin toned types of formulas. A Primer with colour is classed as a Beauty Balm or CC Cream. A beauty balm acts like a primer, with added subtle skin tone coverage under makeup. A CC Cream is the same, but with added colour correcting tones. Each work to perfect skin under foundation to hydrate, refine pores, blur fine lines and control oil. Providing an overall even and smoother complexion.
A Beauty Balm with it's subtle skin tone will even your skin naturally underneath a sheerer coverage foundation giving it extra hold and longevity at the same time. This is great for those with pigmentation but do not want to wear a higher coverage formula.
WHICH PRIMER COLOUR FOR REDNESS PROBLEMS?
Other skin concerns such as redness and sallowness fall into the colour correcting category. When deciding to use a CC Cream, it is good to assess how well your foundation covers these concerns alone. If your foundation offers great coverage and colour corrects sufficiently, you do not need to add these types of foundation primer. The reason being a green primer for example, combats redness in the skin. This green tone can be hard to control, often giving a grey tone to your makeup. Therefore correctors should only be used in extreme circumstances. New technology in the face category means that it is easier to achieve full coverage for problem skin, that appears to have a lighter, more natural finish.
Red or sallow undertones can be combated by the application of specific translucent formulas. For this you are looking for key ingredients that calm, like caffeine and green tea offering a soothing effect. Applying priming products with subtle skin-undertones can also lift and add radiance. For example a soft translucent pink-tone will neutralize sallow skin and a soft golden tone will add radiance to fair skin with a blue undertone. Skin tones from light to dark will all benefit in the same ways giving a brighter, lifted effect to the complexion. MAC P&P Natural Radiance offers these complete benefits.
WHICH PRIMER FOR THE DIFFERENT SKIN TYPES?
When deciding on the perfect foundation base for your beauty routine, you need to consider your skin type, your problem areas and the foundation finish you like.
To achieve the best results for dry or dehydrated skin you are looking for ingredients in at MAC like Algae and Aloe Leaf Extracts that add radiance and hydrate under your makeup. If you have oily skin, you are looking for key ingredients that control the dispersion of oil, these can be in the form of silica or Laminaria Saccharina Extract. For combination skin types, you can look at a product that offers both.
Acne prone skin must avoid too much layering of product, so keeping the layers simple is important. Hydrate with a light-weight gel priming formula under the makeup and use concealer to top up coverage on the specific problem areas. Avoid a colour correcting primer as this will accentuate any blemishes.
MAC Prep + Prime Skin
Makeup Primer for photo perfect oily-skin needs mattifying agents, these offer greater shine control. For a matte t-zone only, be more strategic with your placement in those areas only. Makeup artists like to apply this type of base under makeup on photoshoots to make everything last under hot lights. As Oily skin tends to have more open pores, a matte finish will conceal pore related imperfections. MAC Prep & Prime Skin controls oil, hydrates and smoothes all in one bottle.