Primer seems to be one of those Marmite products; ya either love it and use it, or ya don’t. I am most definitely in the first category – with primer and with Marmite! – and have a whole heap of primers in my collection that I rotate on a pretty regular basis.

In fact, I’m so enamoured with primer that there are times when one just won’t do. In recent weeks, Ive taken to pairing some of my favourite smoothing, pore-minimizing primers along with the more radiance and glow-boosting products in my collection to create the perfectly balanced primer. Application-wise, you can either mix the two products together in your hand before putting them on your face, or you can layer. Totally up to you and it might be worth working with the products you have to see what works best for you.

So, my favourite primer couplings… First up is a pretty whiz-bang drugstore duo – the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser to smooth and blur and the Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer to add a bit of a boosting radiance. One pump of the Bourjois primer added to a squidge of the Maybelline and you’ve got yourself a beautifully lightweight mix that blends easily into the skin and covers all manner of lumps and bumps, while creating a bit of a brightening glow. Plus, for those if you that aren’t too keen on the silicone-y texture of pore-erasing primers, this combination helps to take away some of that feeling.

The same with the next combo, the L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur – the smoothing, blurring option – and the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector – to add some radiance. The combination of the two is similar to the above but you need a lot less of each product that you do with the previous pair because they’re both a bit thicker in formula. The last combination is the lightest of them all – thanks in large part to the mousse-like texture of the Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur Primer which is the smoothing option in this duo. Mixed with the immensely glow-creating Studio 10 Youth Lift Glow-Plexionit does some seriously ace things to your complexion, both in terms of smoothing and radiance-creating.

Have you tried primer pairing?


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