The right prep is essential before any big game, test or interview, if you want it to go smoothly. Likewise, if you want your makeup to go on smoothly, prepping with the right primer is key. It can minimize pores and blemishes, and even out skin type, texture and tone. A well-chosen primer can also help your makeup last all day long with minimal touch-ups.
The trick is to find the right primer for you. Your best bet is a clean, non-toxic one. Modern green-beauty primer formulations can outperform conventionals. They don’t contain harsh chemicals likely to cause breakouts or worsen the condition of your skin. Plus they’re free of cruel animal testing and unhealthy additives.
Explore some of the best clean and natural face primers in five categories. Find out which will be optimal for you to get that lasting, airbrushed finish.
Primer creates a calm and smooth surface for layering, blending and building color around the eye. Alima’s Eye Primer does an excellent job. It also promotes skin regeneration and protects the delicate eye area, thanks to nourishing ingredients like shea butter and olive-derived squalene. Vegan, cruelty free, Made in the USA.
Loving their eye primer? Alima Pure just released their Smooth & Prime Face Primer too.
Celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow loves this natural primer. And who wouldn’t? Formulated without silicones, it’s featherweight but effectively illuminates skin, smooths lines and wrinkles, and blurs imperfections. Coconut alkanes and organic glycerin control oil and hydrate, while botanical extracts, cold-pressed organic oils and antioxidant-packed, organic botanical juices nourish skin. With this primer, your complexion looks more healthy and radiant, even after you wash your face. Vegan, cruelty free, natural and organic, non-toxic. Made in the USA.
If you’re particularly concerned with reducing the appearance of large pores and discoloration, without adding extra shine to makeup, then this primer could be for you. The secret is hydrated silica, which manages to absorb excess oil without drawing moisture out of the skin. Waxy-textured Absence Oil Control Primer stays put, but is lightweight enough not to collect in fine lines. Shine on (without getting shiny)! Cruelty free, non-toxic. Made in the USA.
With this multitasker, you get an antioxidant moisturizer, full-spectrum sunscreen and refining makeup primer all in one. What makes the difference — immediately and on the long term — is non-nano zinc oxide. It not only protects your skin from damage by UVA and UVB rays, but it’s also a calming anti-inflammatory that’s commonly used to treat rosacea, acne and melasma. Vegan, cruelty free, natural and organic, non-toxic. Made in the USA.
Sometimes you need a makeup primer that also handles coloration challenges. You can take on concerns like dark circles, dullness, redness and sallow skin with smoothing Zuzu Luxe CC Primers. They come in five formulas pigmented enough that, applied generously, they can address even more intense color correction. Vegan, cruelty free, non-toxic. Made in the USA.
Have you tried any of these primers? What else would you recommend? Any tips? Let everyone know in the comment section, below.
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