Prep and prime with Butterboom’s top picks. If you don’t believe a primer is an essential part of your make-up routine, chances are you just haven’t found the right one yet!
The best primers act as a flawless foundation for the rest of your make-up, providing a smooth base for cosmetics to glide onto – meaning your make-up lasts longer as a result. Many primers can also disguise and correct minor skin imperfections to give a natural radiance and, on a good day, can even be worn alone to create a glowing, natural look. With a huge range of serums, gels, creams and tinted bases on the market
Benefit That Gal
Lifting your complexion from ‘dull to darling,’ this silky pink primer does a gorgeous job of brightening and smoothing your skin, leading to a natural dewy radiance. The secret ingredients? Light-reflecting pigments that brighten all skin tones, and raspberry and camomile to soothe skin. It smells absolutely divine too!
How much? HK$280
Where to buy? FACES, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. Tel: 2110 3950
Make Up Forever HD Microperfecting Primer
Make Up Forever’s HD products make skin look so perfect that no retouching is required! Their nourishing and moisturising range of oil-free primers create a protective layer on the skin, allowing make-up to glide on easily and stay put for longer. With one transparent gel and six colour-correcting shades (green minimises redness whilst blue adds radiance to fair skin), these are ideal for disguising any skin imperfections.
How much? HK$320
Where to buy? P107, wtc more, 280 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 3106 0439
Clinique Derma White City Block Anti-Pollution SPF40
Brightening, anti-pollution and with an SPF 40, it’s almost as if this product was especially designed for Hong Kong! This lightly-tinted, lightweight and oil-free cream primer filters out the pollutants that cause dark spots, while also providing a great base either underneath make-up or on its own. Clinique is 100% allergy-tested and fragrance-free, making this ideal for those with sensitive skin.
How much? HK$300
Where to buy? APM, Shop C35, Concourse Level, Millennium City 5, 418 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Tel: 3148 1212
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
A cult beauty classic (there’s one sold every 20 minutes!), this is renowned as the ultimate pick-me-up for tired dull skin. The gel-like cream instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens to give a rested, relaxed and glowing look, while ingredients like olive and witch hazel smooth the skin’s surface and diffuse the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The ideal prep for a luminous look!
How much? HK$350
Where to buy? Lane Crawford, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2118 3638
This super smooth, super silky clear serum glides on easily to create a flawless and long-lasting base for make-up while at the same time refining pores, rendering fine lines and imperfections invisible and giving a subtle sheen to the skin.
How much? HK$380
Where to buy? Lane Crawford, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Tel: 2118 3638.
Let us know which is your favourite!