Priming is something I’ve never really got to grips with because I had just never found a priming products I really loved. You’re always told to prime your face before you apply make up but with being a Mum of 2 I rarely find the time to even apply make up let alone prime it properly so it more often that not got skipped. The difference is how my make up looks after being properly primer is super noticeable so I have really tried to set aside time to really put together a good make up routine, including primer! I’ve used some pretty good primers before but nothing that did everything I want and I’m still trying to find the perfect products but for now, this little collection of beauties are serving me well!

I came across this miracle combo by chance actually. I needed to take some photos of myself for my Hunkemöller blog post which required me to get the girls out which would require me to wear a foundation that actually matches my skin tone so my face didn’t clash too badly with my ghostly white boobs. I wanted to wear my NARS luminous weightless foundation because it’s about the only foundation I own that is pale enough but knew that it would transfer and crease like an utter bitch so I definitely needed to prime the shit out of my face first.

Step one…

Priming starts the night before. I use this Pro Vitamin Overnight Cream* from Your Good Skin to help combat dry patches because not even the best primers can hide those. My skin fucking hates me during the winter and it’s dry patch galore normally but since using this it seems to have plumped up again! My make up definitely looks more glowy when I’ve remebered to use this the night before.

For a quick pre make up cleanse I’ve been using  T-Zone Charcoal and Bamboo Cleansing Wipes*! I got these on offer from Chemist 4 U (along with some pore strips from the range that are also fab). I Used these to cleanse my face, I originally thought this was going to be a bad idea and I contemplated doing my usual hot cloth cleansing routine but I was in a rush so I though fuck it and used these instead. Better than nothing, right? This was literally all I did differently to normal and my foundation didn’t budge. I literally had to scrub it off my face I’m not even joking. These are now currently my go to for pre make up cleansing.

Step two…

Apply Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer. I add a drop to my forehead, each cheek and my chin then use my fingers to apply it, making sure I don’t miss my eyelids, and any facial nooks and crannies. I then left that to soak in for about 5 minutes.

Step three…

Foundation time! I used NARS Luminous Weightless foundation with a little bit of Rimmel True Match or Wake Me Up foundation (which I LOVE, it is glowy as hell and makes my skin look amazing even when it’s actually a shit show underneath) mixed in to make a little more sheer and easier to apply. I used my Real Techniques Face Brush to buff it into my skin and then my Beauty Blender to pat in around my nose.

Step four…

Next I did my contour, for this I used Max Factor PanStick in Cool Copper* which I then blended out with my Beauty Blender. I then softened the edges with the Real Techniques Contour brush because I’m super pale, haha. I then went over with Benefit Hoola. I then sweep some of my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powder under my eyes because I have more bags than frigging Tesco all up under my eyes let me tell you! This method helps build  better coverage and helps the concealer stay put because I need all the bloody help I can get!

Step five…

Concealer next, I use Make Up Revolution Conceal & Define which is uh-may-zing. You totally need it if you’ve not already got it because honestly, this is the best damn concealer I’ve ever tried and it’s only £4! Four freaking quid! I use this to hide the sleep deprivation circles under my eyes and to prime my eye lids using my fingertips to pat it into my skin.

Step six…

I powder the fuck outta my face. Okay not quite as much as I just implied, I use my Real Techniques Powder Brush to sweep around my t zone and under my eyes to set my concealer.

Step seven…

Last but not least I go in with my absolute fave step and that is highlighter. I really need one of those fan brushes but I keep forgetting to buy one whenever I go shopping so I tend to us my Real Techniques Blush Brush for this. I’m currently using a cheap AF W7 highlight mixed with Topshop Sunbeam which makes the most beautiful champagne colour and I love it. I love how pigmented the Topshop one is but it’s too gold on it’s own for me.

So, that’s my current priming routine, I don’t see it changing any time soon because I’m really loving these products!

What are your must have primers?

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