Primer? Serum? Illuminator? What is worth buying and how do I use it?

(17 Posts)
clemettethecoalitionbreaker Tue 08-Jun-10 23:45:08

Inpsired by the other thread, could someone please explain what these things do? I am a devotee of the all in one powder foundation on top of a slather of moisturiser (read lazy) but I keep reading that my skin will look better if I use all of the above.
So what do I do? And if I "need" a product are there any decent ones for about a tenner??

ZacharyQuack Wed 09-Jun-10 06:05:18

Serum - goes on clean skin, under moisturiser. Usually has more concentrated moisturising/anti-aging/anti-oxidant ingredients.

Primer - goes on top of moisturiser, before foundation. Provides a 'base' for foundation, usually makes foundation last longer. Often contains silicone, which makes your skin feel velvety but probably has little skincare benefit. Some primers are colour-correcting (e.g green to cancel redness, pink to correct sallow skin), some soak up oil to keep your makeup matte and in place, some contain illuminators to make you glow.

Illuminators - These you can either :
* mix with foundation and apply all over
* apply under foundation
* apply on top of foundation
You can apply these only where the light hits your face (top of cheekbones, inner corner of eye, temple) or lightly all over your face, depending on the effect you want.

I use a serum (either a Neutrogena retinol one, or Trilogy Rosehip Oil) and a primer (either Clarins or Laurer Mercier) but don't usually bother with Illuminator as I'm quite shiny enough thank you.

clemettethecoalitionbreaker Wed 09-Jun-10 20:21:09

Thank you very much.
It sounds like it might take a while to put a "face on" though!
It's all a bit of a mystery to me...

MayorNaze Wed 09-Jun-10 20:22:08

avon magix primer

makes skin dead smooth and makeup stays on longer

£10

chocolatespiders Wed 09-Jun-10 22:04:01

the avon primer is on offer at the mo,,, 2 for £10.00 on there website

FellatioNelson Wed 09-Jun-10 22:39:12

Primer is definitely worth the effort. It helps the mineral foundation adhere and blend, and just gives a better finish.

clemettethecoalitionbreaker Wed 09-Jun-10 23:25:24

Brilliant - thank you.

MrsSeanBean Wed 09-Jun-10 23:29:39

Clarins Serum - Ultra Firming Tightening Botanical Lift - around £40 - is best product I've ever used. Does what it says on the 'tin' and worth every penny.

FellatioNelson Wed 09-Jun-10 23:35:15

MSB - is this a progressive cream that works by altering the skin, or it is one that gives immediate cosmetic effect, then washes off?

chocolatespiders Thu 10-Jun-10 22:09:12

the ALDI serum recently came out top in tests carried out in the sunday mirror

MrsSeanBean Fri 11-Jun-10 15:13:26

Hi Fellatio, it is both as far as I recall from saleperson's blurb. IME it works a bit like Clarins beauty flash balm, but apparently it does also improve skin tone / tyexture with regular use. I am a bit of a sloppy skincare user, but when I have time remember to use it, it definitely makes me look less grim in the mornings.

cybbo Fri 11-Jun-10 15:15:16

I'm put off primers, illuminators etc as I dont want to layer up my skin too much

you could feasibly have
miosturiser (assming theres an SPF in it)
primer
foundation
illuminator
on top

I do use Beauty flash balm on nights out-
makes a huge difference

thesecondcoming Fri 11-Jun-10 15:46:38

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clemettethecoalitionbreaker Fri 11-Jun-10 17:23:13

Do you use the flash alm under foundation?
I think I am puzzled by how anything could make you look brighter once you put foundation on top of it. Or maybe it is just me make up technique that just makes me look at little mask like whenever I make the effort to wear foundation...

clemettethecoalitionbreaker Fri 11-Jun-10 17:25:44

PS That gal is selling on ebay for 2.49 at the moment.

thesecondcoming Fri 11-Jun-10 18:26:23

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