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Best primer for oily possibly dehydrated mid thirties skin?

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SuzanneSays Tue 30-Aug-16 21:45:33

Have had a stressy few months, culminating in a miscarriage at the weekend. Need to cheer myself up, and look a bit grey and exhausted. I don't like to wear loads of makeup, but need something at the mo to put a bit of life back into my face!
I am eyeing up a nice primer to wear with MAC mineralize powder and the becca shimmering high lighter in Opal ( latter is in my virtual shopping basket).
My skin is combination with a tendency to get quite shiny and possibly dehydrated. I have both the Becca Resurfacing Primer and Becca backlight primer on my list of possibles- any advice?

Bennjerrys Tue 30-Aug-16 22:28:09

This is me too, right down to the recent m/c. I'm sorry for your loss and I agree that skincare & make up is just what we need at times like this. When I stopped bfeeding dd2 (about 8 months ago) my skin went back to oily with apparent patches of severe dryness. I had a facial, when the massager told me I needed to re hydrate, poured GALLONS on moisturer on and I'm only just getting over the oily / spottiness! And I still seem to be dehydrated. Anyhow, the best I've found is th Laura Mercia blemish-free primer used under her tinted moisturiser or under eve Lom tinted moisturiser. Hope this helps!

knitknack Wed 31-Aug-16 06:32:15

I'm so sorry flowers

I can't help with primers, I have very similar skin and have never found one that works but I CAN tell you that the becca highlighter is the thing that makes the biggest difference between me looking fresh and me looking ready fir the retirement home (am 43). I've even had people comment on my skin when wearing it!

Are you getting the cream or powder? Have you tried the colours? I have both opal and pearl and actually it's the pearl that is the most effective. I want to try the new 'champagne' as well.... Anyway - this is a long winded way of saying 'good choice' and I hope things get better... X

Bennjerrys Wed 31-Aug-16 07:34:02

I'm reading with interest about the Becca highlighter - where can I find it?

Nabootique Wed 31-Aug-16 08:18:08

I have the backlighting primer and a powder highlighter by Becca (Moonstone). I love them both. The primer gives a lovely glow, but might be too much if you are oily on the t-zone. You might find it works better just on the cheeks if you went with that one as it is quite moisturising. I use it all over, but do need some powder as I am combination-ish. The highlighter is beautiful.

Nabootique Wed 31-Aug-16 08:21:13

Benn I got mine from Cult Beauty.

Bennjerrys Wed 31-Aug-16 11:43:34

Thank you! Heading there now..

Underparmummy Wed 31-Aug-16 12:50:59

Nars primer works well for me (spot prone skin that gets dry). Its oil free.

The best thing that I do for my skin (v expensive) is Chantecaille rose water. Amazing.

Hope the cheering up is working.

EnidButton Wed 31-Aug-16 14:16:17

Is the Becca a primer or a highlighter you put on after everything else? Not too sure which one you meant knit but I like the sound of it.

SuzanneSays Wed 31-Aug-16 15:28:51

Thanks for all your replies, and Bennjerrys sorry you are experiencing a similarly shitty time.

Yup, browsing makeup in line works with Dee's for taking your mind off things!

You can get a free sample of the becca highliter on cult beauty if you spend £30 on another Becca purchase which is why I was looking at their primers. Have heard good things about the Laura Mercia primers, but the only one I Have tried was a bit too shimmery for my oily skin. Maybe will wait to buy till I can try it out...

Enidbutton the Becca highliter is just used on tops of cheekbones etc to highlight rather than all over. Lisa Eldridge does a good video showing how to use it! No good at posting links though sorry!

EnidButton Wed 31-Aug-16 15:37:58

Thank you! I like Lisa Eldridge so I'll watch that later.

I'm very sorry for your loss. flowers Meant to put that in my first post.

Nabootique Wed 31-Aug-16 16:08:04

Just saw your post OP. If you've tried a different primer and found it too shimmery, then the Backlighting one probably isn't for you. It's quite subtle and not exactly shimmering, but definitely pearlised and sheeny.

The liquid shimmering skin perfectors can be mixed in with foundation for a bit of all over glow, and be used as a highlighter.

SuzanneSays Wed 31-Aug-16 22:50:47

Thanks for all your advice, I have decided to get the Becca resurfacing primer (mainly cos of the freebie online - prob not how to choose a primer but oh well). Will update once it arrives along with freebie highliter in Opal.
Stupidly googled reviews after I had already bought the primer and prob will be no good hey ho.

joangray38 Wed 31-Aug-16 22:59:55

If it is no good try the Smashbox spray primer - spray it on before, use as a fixer after makeup and use as a refresher throughout the day.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Thu 01-Sep-16 11:09:37

If you want a mattifying primer for oily skin that's not too drying, I would recommend Wonder blur from The Body Shop. (Green tube.)

cheeseandmarmite15 Thu 01-Sep-16 11:34:17

This is good

DHC Velvet skin coat

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