As a beauty writer, I'm savvy to almost all the makeup tricks in the book. Countless interviews and expert advice have all led me to believe that primer is a non-negotiable if I want long-lasting, flawless skin—which of course I do. But I have a confession: I've always hated primer. Not just because it's another step to add to my already-extensive routine (hey, a no-makeup look takes a lot of makeup), but because I actually didn't like my skin when I wore one. My foundation seemed flat, uneven, and to be honest, I missed the shine that came through in the afternoon because it made me look dewy.
All in all, I was an anti-primer beauty junkie.
When a bottle of Becca's First Light Priming Filter ($65) landed on my desk one day, naturally, I scoffed and popped it in my "to trial" box, knowing full well that I probably wouldn't. But being on the internet 24/7, I was constantly exposed to the rave reviews. Everyone and everyone was signing praise to this purple liquid. So, I decided to get off my high horse and give it a go. Turns out, the reviews were right. This primer was different and I was hooked. It glides over skin, the lavender tones pepped up sallowness (common with olive skins like mine), and my foundation looked dewy and even all day.
I'll even go so far as to say that the first day I wore it, a few people commented on the healthy look of my skin. If you're looking to mattify oily skin, or reduce the look of pores, it's probably not ideal, but if radiant skin is your thing, I can't recommend it enough.
Keep scrolling to shop the primer that converted me.
Packed with spring water, prickly pear extract, ginger, and sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of hyaluronic acid), this primer will hydrate, awaken, and colour correct tired, dull skin prior to your foundation. I like to apply it with my fingers, but a synthetic foundation brush works well, too.