Prep and Prime

Right now, I want to imagine your face as a wall. Obviously, the colour of that wall is your natural skin tone. You want to take a brush to it, but you’d just like to enhance the look of the paint so that it reaches its full potential.

*Cue segue* Generally, we would do this in layers. The better the layers, the better the paint looks. This is the same principal as using a Primer. 

Nowadays, every brand is offering an alternative to their foundation. I’m sure your skin is no stranger to a moisturiser, but now we can also use BB Cream & Tinted Moisturiser to eliminate fuss.

This is a fool proof guide to differentiating between them and making that choice.



My personal favourite. I love a good primer, because I have combination skin and I dislike shine with a passion.  I also like to look like I have makeup on, so I use this in conjunction with a moisturiser and foundation. A good primer will have mattifying properties, and when you put it onto the skin it feels like velvet-  smooth and dry. The aim of a primer is to firstly, fill in all of the open pores and uneven areas of your skin, and then to create a strong barrier between your skin and your makeup to protect it throughout the day. Your makeup goes on smoother, easier & it lasts much longer because it has a canvas. Some primers have added lightening properties as well to give you a ‘glow’. Handy. Use a good quality one like the below;

– MAC Prep + Prime Skin

– ModelCo Face Base Skin Primer

– Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

– Illamasqua Hydra Veil (See my previous post for a full review on this product)

* Tip*  Try and exfoliate before using a primer if you’re prone to getting dry/patchy areas of skin, as even some of the best quality primers will still sit atop the surface and you won’t get the same result.

BB Cream

A BB Cream will promise you a lot of things. It stands for ‘Beauty Balm’. You’ve probably seen most of them offering ‘Miracle’ results, that aren’t normally achievable with a generic tinted moisturiser. I do think that they offer a multitude of benefits, mainly the fact that they are packed with a lot of vitamins, SPF agents and anti-ageing properties- basically acting as a hybrid for four or five different products.  It moisturises, tints and hydrates.  If you have great skin, you could definitely wear it instead of a foundation, although the coverage is typically not that great and the pigment in the colour is naturally ‘brighter’ so you’ll look more like you’ve got a glow. By all means, you can use it before your foundation- but those that boast about its qualities, prefer to use it on its lonesome. Some good ones below;

– Garnier BB Miracle Cream – Oil Free

– MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35

– The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream

Tinted Moisturiser 

These have been around forever. Unfortunately, the need for them isn’t like it used to be and they get pushed to the back of the marketplace. You will find, that there is a greater range of colours with the tinted moisturisers, but their consistency is thinner therefore you need to use more of the product at one time. A good idea is to buy one to take with you on holiday, because they don’t feel as heavy and most, if not all of them contain SPF and it just gives you a bit of basic colour- especially if you’re hopping in and out of a pool, or you’re in the sun for a while. The only thing I will say is the longevity isn’t as great and they tend to get patchy quickly. My tip would be to use it as a moisturiser only- and adopt the attitude that you aren’t looking for coverage, just a base for your foundation. Make sure you choose a colour that matches your natural skin tone, not too dark. Popular choices below;

– Estee Lauder DayWear Plus Multi Protection Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15

– MAC Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 (Have one for all skin tones, whoop)

– Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturiser

So there you have it. It’s hard to keep up with every single product these days, a new advert on the telly, a new brand, a new must have. Don’t always follow the hype; just stick to what you know, what you feel comfortable with, and what works for YOU.

More product reviews and beauty tips to come!



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