Even though sometimes my combination skin disagrees, I simply love a glowy complexion. My skin can often look quite dull so my mission is always to leave my face looking happy, healthy and lit from within. And of course, my first step is always priming the skin well. Not only does it help to prep the skin for foundation, adding a hint of glow at this step really ensures that it looks natural on the skin. Here’s a line-up of the primers that I keep on hand for when I’m wanting to look particularly glowy.
I’ve mentioned this one a couple of times now but it’s become a go-to option for a quick and easy spritz in the morning to liven up my skin. After shaking the bottle well I apply two or three spritzes on the face and give it a second to soak in and I’m left with a slightly luminous looking complexion. It also acts to add a bit of hydration to the skin and does wonders for improving the longevity of makeup. This has definitely been an awesome discovery for me, lately.
My long-running favourite of the bunch and, for me, the one that started the obsession. This one provides a beautiful subtle, peachy golden glow to the skin, adding a little warmth and leaving it look lit from within. The sheen of this one is so natural, it really looks like your skin but better, rather than leaving a noticeable effect like some of the others mentioned below. I’ve even been known to apply some of this with nothing over the top, just when my skin’s looking a little lacklustre. It feels quite nourishing and calming to the skin as you apply it and leaves a beautiful slightly blurred base for makeup afterwards, something that’s still very important even if the main objective is adding glow. It’s important to only use a little bit, though, or it can interfere with foundation.
Although not particularly marketed as an illuminating primer, this new liquid illuminator from Bourjois intrigued me from the second I swatched it. But upon a little more testing, I think this one’s probably better treated as an illuminator on the high points of the face, rather than all over. It’s a light peachy-pink shade but it has a fairly intense finish to it, a little too sheeny for my liking when applied all over the face. It could maybe work all over on drier skin types but for now, I think I’ll be dotting it onto my cheekbones and falling in love with it that way.
Designed as a foundation ‘booster’, this one gives quite a yellow-golden glow to the skin. It’s designed to almost colour correct the skin, with photography in mind, but it does work beautifully for everyday wear too. The tint would be particularly beautiful on medium skin tones but is still subtle enough to work on my pale skin. The formula is quite thin but a little goes a long way. Again, using too much can leave things looking a little too intense. I prefer to mix this in with the foundation rather than applying it beforehand, to really add some glow to my foundation, while also doing a bit to refine pores.
This is another one that I’ve had in my stash for a while, and one that I’ve mentioned previously as a great alternative for the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. It gives similar results, formula-wise, but this one’s more of a bright, pearly sheen – perfect for pale skin but I’d say this would work across the board, too. It feels lovely to apply to the skin, not only adding glow but also helping to prep the skin for foundation, and, again, looks just like my skin but better, rather than remaining the stark white that it first appears to be. This remains one of my favourites from the drugstore market and although it doesn’t add the same warmth to the complexion, if you’re still not sure if glowy primers are for you, this is an awesome stepping stone to the pricier Becca option.
L to R: Becca, Bourjois, Hylamide & L’Oreal
My favourite of the bunch is still from Becca but the Cinch Face Cheat is definitely becoming a contender on lazy mornings. Realistically, they’re all awesome for different reasons. For those with drier skin types, a glowy primer is pretty much an essential to add to your beauty stash but realistically, everyone could do with a bit of lit-from-within glow every once in a while!
What’s your favourite glowy primer?
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