To have the best of both worlds is a boon. A primer has both makeup and skincare properties which makes it one of the best things in your beauty box. It is one magical makeup product that every makeup artist swears by as it goes a long way in making your makeup last longer on the skin. It helps to create an extra layer between the makeup and your face.
Primers turn your face into a smooth canvas for your foundation and they are even more helpful in the case of dry skin. If your skin is dry then you can apply a layer of moisturising primer before you go forth to apply the foundation. It will not only help in foundation application but will also give you that natural glow from within by hydrating your skin. And it’ll stay for hours!
So if you’re looking for a perfect primer for dry skin in India, just scroll through. We have some best ones lined up for you.
A good primer can become your secret ingredient for skin glow because its benefits exceed its resume. If you haven’t already grown fond of this magic potion, you must experience how effortlessly it gives your foundation a flawless finish and feel.
This face primer is best known for adding a natural-looking glow to the face and softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It has a medium consistency which makes it easy to apply. Milani Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer nourishes the skin and is a pro at maintaining skin’s moisture.
Pros: As it is oil-free, it can be used on oily skin as well. It can make your foundation last for up to six hours and will keep your skin looking dewy. It comfortably sinks into the skin and adds a subtle glow without making it look greasy.
Cons: As it is a water-based primer, it’s better to shake the tube before using it. Also, it doesn’t do much for the pores, so if your main concern is pores and you are using this product, make sure you pair it with a pore minimizer.
Price: Rs 1,193. Buy it here.
Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Hydrating 3-in-1 Setting Spray is a refreshing product that smoothens the face bumps very easily. It gives a matte finish. It provides a smooth canvas for your foundation so beautifully that your makeup doesn’t look cakey even after hours. Honestly, the way this spray hydrates the skin is quite addictive.
Pros: You need to use just two pumps to cover all areas on your face. It’s lightweight. It’s convenient to use and helps makeup stay for a longer period of time.
Cons: It probably won’t last for as long as expected and it doesn’t have SPF.
Price: Rs 2,950. Buy it here.
The consistency of Make Up For Ever Step1 Skin Equalizer Primer – 3 Hydrating is similar to that of Smashbox Photofinish Primer but it is slightly pigmented. It leaves a flawless matte finish on the skin and dries out easily on the skin. It’s certainly better than other silicone primers as it covers the brows. It doesn’t have any fragrance added. Once it sets into the skin, it adds a subtle glow to it. It efficiently blurs pores and is lightweight.
Pros: It’s hydrating and doesn’t allow your skin to feel greasy.
Cons: It may make your foundation look cakey if not used in the right amount.
Price: Rs 3,050. Buy it here.
Innoxa Hydrating Primer has a formula induced with hyaluronic acid and avocado oil. These ingredients hydrate and nourish the skin while the others create a flawless base for foundation’s fine finish. The vitamins and antioxidants present in the primer allow it to repair and smoothen the skin. It ensures that you get a long lasting coverage. You have to use a very small amount of this product to get full coverage.
Pros: It reduces the appearance of fine lines. It doesn’t cause the foundation to slip or cake up.
Price: Rs 1,100. Buy it here.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF 50 has a formula that’s weightless and invisible. It gets absorbed really fast leaving skin free of any white residual. You can easily make it your daily primer as it’s really convenient to apply and carry. If you use this primer in summers you will fall in love with it. The texture of this primer is thick but silky. A pea-sized drop of it is enough for the whole face. While applying, it’s better to massage it until it is dry. Your skin looks mattified after it gets absorbed in the skin. No shine or greasiness is visible. It’s free of artificial fragrance and moisturising enough for you to skip your regular moisturiser.
Pros: It protects skin against sun damage as it comes with SPF.
Cons: It doesn’t work well in colder months.
Price: Rs 2,700. Buy it here.
If you use the right primer, it will be beneficial for your dry skin. So don’t skip it. Many primers promise to remove the flakiness and add luminosity and suppleness to the skin. Apart from improving your makeup look and experience, primers also nourish and hydrate your skin. They help makeup stay for longer and they add a glow and radiance to the skin. The key is to use the right primer. If you have oily skin, go for a primer that has a lightweight formula and in case of dry skin, choose a moisturising and hydrating one.
For dry skin, hydrating primers are the best. For example, Smashbox’s Photo Finishing Hydrating Foundation Primer (Rs 3,100) does wonders for dry skin because of its formula which is rich in an extract called hydraplex. It helps the dry skin retain its moisture.
If your primer has been chosen as per your skin type, it won’t. It will then hydrate your skin. For dry skin, moisturising primers are available in a wide variety. You can find a primer based on your skin problem like a moisturising primer would hydrate the parched skin, luminising and highlighting primers will make your skin look brighter while hiding wrinkles and fine lines and a colour-correcting primer with correct redness and spots. It may take a while to find the right primer for dry skin. It’s important that you swatch a few before you reach for the right one.
What makes a primer good is the sync of its formula with your skin type and skin issue. Brands like Smashbox, M.A.C, Bobbi Brown and Tarte have a good range of primers however, the best skin primer can only be determined by your skin tone and type. For oily skin, you need to hunt for an oil-free primer. For dry skin, you need a primer with more hydrating ingredients in its formula like aloe vera. For mature skin, look for primers rich in vitamin A, E and peptides as they’ll help in reducing the wrinkles and ageing spots.
A moisture-rich primer that nourishes, smoothens and conditions the skin while creating a smooth surface for flawless foundation application is what we call a hydrating primer. These primers have nourishing ingredients in their formula and are best suited for dry or flaky skin. Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer – Hydrating (Rs 4,419) does a great job as a hydrating primer. Its formula minimises the visibility of pores and fine lines.
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