Are silicone primers best for a smooth skin finish?

Silicone primers are just one of many type of primer on the market. But are they really the best for creating a smooth finish?

Silicone primers are probably the most popular kind of primer. But are they the best? And if so, why?

When it comes to primer, we often ask a lot of it. We want a smooth finish, glowing complexion and of course, lasting power for our foundation. There are so many available though, it can be difficult to know which will work best for you, and your skin. After all, we're all different and what might work for me or my friend, mightn't work for you. So today, we're looking into silicone primers to decide if they really are the most universally wearable (and flattering).

How they work

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Primers, as we know are designed to be applied after moisturiser, and before foundation. They act as a light barrier between skin and makeup. A bit like wearing a slip underneath a dress to give it a smoother, more streamline finish.

Silicone formulas are often sold on their ability to smooth out skin. This can mean everything from reducing unevenness and texture to softening fine lines. They can be applied with fingertips, a brush or sponge depending on your preference.



A smoother looking complexion is by far the biggest selling point of any silicone based primer. They generally have a silky feel to them which is easy to work with. The idea is to create a veil over skin (or a "new skin effect") which fills in pores and fine lines. Smashbox Photo Finish has won countless awards and is probably the most well known out there. Benefit's Porefessional would be another popular example.

Another plus point for a silicone primer is that it can often be used to top up makeup or reduce shine when patted on over foundation.


Silicone primers aren't for everyone. Some people feel that their skin can't breath when they're wearing them. Or that they can cause breakouts. Another issue is peeling. Sometimes, certain formulas will ball up, or peel when you try to add a foundation on top of them (taking your new skin effect with them!). This could be down to too much being applied (only a little is needed), or it being a dud product.

Another reason could be because your foundation is water-based, which isn't as compatible with a silicone primer, as a silicone based foundation formula will be.


Overall, when it comes to finding the right primer, it's a personal choice. Silicone formulas work for a lot of people, especially those who battle with uneven skin texture and shine. Often times it's a case of trial and error, but if you're looking for something that will help smooth out your complexion then a silicone primer could be the answer.

What's your favourite kind of primer?

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