Bailey’s Best Primers

I’m sure by now most of you have heard about primers and if you haven’t, don’t feel bad… we’re all here to learn and help each other. Isn’t that what besties do?

A cosmetic primer is a cream or lotion applied before another cosmetic to improve coverage and lengthen the amount of time the cosmetic lasts on the face. There are different kinds of cosmetic primers such as foundation primer, eyelid primer, lip primer, and mascara primer.

I had read a lot about them on other blogs by make-up artists, beauty tutorials but never thought to rush out and buy them. I’d been applying my foundation on top of my moisturised face and it was fine.

Here’s the thing… the minute you try a primer, you’ll never go back and you’ll wonder why it took you so long to try it in the first place.

For true transparency, this is not a sponsored post.Bailey's Best PrimersThe first primer I tried was for my face. I was introduced to the 1. Bodyography’s Veil Foundation Primer and it’s amazing. I moisturise my face and then apply the primer – it gives a silky, satin feeling to the skin. As soon as I have applied it all over my skin, I then take my beauty blender or foundation brush and apply my foundation. What a difference. I feel like you use less foundation because it glides on and it blends perfectly to give you the correct coverage. My foundation lasts longer, I have oily/combination skin – so this helps with keeping the shine away a little longer than usual and

Other great primers: 2. Smashbox Photo Finish, 3. Clarins Complexion Perfector, 4. Benefit’s Porefessional and 5. Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Corrector.

I had also heard about eyelid primers but I thought (again), I’ve applied eyeshadows without an eyelid primer since I’ve been doing make-up and it’s been fine! Why add another step?

I was given a sample of 6. Benefits Air Patrol eyelid primer and now I’ll never not use an eyelid primer. Firstly, it colour corrected my eyelids. When I apply my eyeshadow I get the true colour of the shadows showing up and it’s a game changer. Secondly, my eyeshadow lasts longer than usual – no creasing and no falling.

I’ve applied the same colour eyeshadow to my hand without primer and then I’ve applied the eyelid primer first and the same eyeshadow. You can see how much better the pigment shows up.Primer 2PrimerI also love 7. Catrice’s Prime and Fine Eyeshadow Base. It works so well and is really affordable.

Matt lipsticks are all the rage now – love it or hate, it’s thanks to Kylie Jenner. I bought a liquid matt lipstick from MAC to try it. The make-up artist suggested I buy the lip primer too as it acts as a barrier between your lips and matt lipstick, makes your lipstick last longer, your lips don’t feel dry and it doesn’t make the matt look, glossy.

A primer will work better than lip balm and I’m glad I bought it, even though it was an up-sale.

Have you incorporated primers into your beauty regime? Which brand do you prefer?


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  • Reply Natasha Viljoen

    I’ve never tried it, but after the proof of that eyelid primer I’ll definitely give it a whirl. Thanks for the info!

    March 30, 2016 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    I bought one primer recently. I’ve only used it once but I noticed my skin broke up afterwards but I will give it another go. The one I really love, however, is the L’oreal Lumi primer.

    March 30, 2016 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Candice

    I really want to get my hands on the Smashbox primers!!!

    Beauty Candy Loves

    March 30, 2016 at 10:40 am
  • Reply whitney

    I’ve never used a primer but a friend of mine SWEARS by eyeshadow primer. Thanks for sharing, I’m intrigued now!

    March 31, 2016 at 12:18 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      I really thought it was an unnecessary step- until I tried it! Can’t wait to hear what you think when you do try it! Thanks for stopping by ❤️

      March 31, 2016 at 5:52 am
  • Reply Camilla | Jane Wonder Blog

    I use a primer every day 🙂 my fave everyday one is the Maybelline Baby Skin. I have also been using the Nivea for Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm (as recommended by Nikkie Tutorials on YouTube). It works well and I loooove the masculine scent.

    For special occasions I love the Inglot Under Makeup Base. I personally like silicone-rich primers so if that’s your vibe then I highly recommend the Inglot one.

    Going to give the Catrice eyelid primer a shot. I also use MAC paint pots as bases, I have Soft Ocre.

    – Jane Wonder –

    March 31, 2016 at 7:07 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Oh I’ve heard about the Nivea for men! My make up artist actually uses it – I forgot about that!! I adore Inglot too – but haven’t tried theirs – so I’ll wait to finish these and then try them! Thanks for stopping by! Big hugs x

      March 31, 2016 at 7:18 am
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  • Reply Spruce Lifestyle

    Same story with the MAC lipstick primer! But absolutely love it and is so great with matte lipsticks 🙂 think you covered the best of primers!

    April 4, 2016 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Jadie Jones

    I have to admit that I had never heard of primers before reading your post. Since then I have bought one and can I just say WOW and THANK YOU! What a difference I love the way my foundation looks and it lasts longer too. Great tip!

    May 1, 2016 at 8:33 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Yay Jadie! That’s such great news! They really are game changers, aren’t they? Which one did you get? Thanks for leaving this comment xxx

      May 1, 2016 at 8:34 am
      • Reply Jadie Jones

        I got the baby skin from maybelline and am loving it! Now just to try out am eyelid primer. Thanks again for the tip love reading your blog

        May 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm
        • Reply BaileySchneider

          Awesome!! It works so well! Catrice & Essence have a lovely eyelid primer that’s really affordable! Winning 🙂 x

          May 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm
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