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Multi-Priming for Targeted Skin Concerns

Late last year multi-masking took the beauty world by storm, and with the same basic theory at play Multi-Priming is born.

Multi-priming, as the name implies, is the art of using several skincare primers to treat a range of skin concern at the same time. With many primers available, it’s difficult to find one that will help treat all of your concerns.

Makeup primers are an absolute godsend when applying a flawless makeup finish, achieving a smoother complexion and boosting the longevity of your makeup application. Basically, if you haven’t been using a makeup primer, then you’re missing out!

With a primer for almost any concern, here’s how to find a primer to counter many different skin issues…

Redness & Sensitivity
If your skin is easily irritated, sensitive or prone to redness then you’ll be looking at a primer that works to soothe and protect your skin. Ingredients that assist in soothing and calming red and sensitive skin include natural green extracts, oat extract and oat kernel oil. Our top recommendations are the Dermalogica Redness Relief Primer or Colorescience Calming Primer.

Large Pores
Looking to minimise those noticeable large pores on the nose and under the eye area? The Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer contains a unique mushroom extract that works to reduce the pore size and appearance, giving you a smoother looking complexion.

Oily Skin
If your skin is oilier than most, you’ll know that primers don’t often work in your favour with increased shine and oiliness. The good news is that many skincare and cosmetic brands are now catering for the oily skin spectrum with special mention of the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair for Oily Skin. This primer has a unique PoreAway technology that visibly reduces shine to create a perfect makeup canvas and a lasting matte finish through the day.

Keeping your eye shadow in check is often hard to do, but with the Jane Iredale Lid Primer and Youngblood Stay Put Eye Prime you can create the perfect canvas for your eye makeup, and better yet – keep it in place all day long!

Normal to Combination Skin
The basis to any multi-priming regimen is your staple primer. For those with normal to combination skin a hydrating primer is vital. The Youngblood Mineral Primer or Thalgo Perfect Glow Primer are our top primer picks.

Sun Damaged or Ageing Skin
For those with fine lines and dull skin, the Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer smooths these imperfections and creates a radiant flawless finish. The best part about the Skinperfect primer is that it has SPF30, and you can wear alone or with your moisturiser.

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