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Like your intimate knowledge of S Club’s dance routines, painting your face green, blue or lilac may seem like a hobby best left to your childhood.
Hold up a sec: used under foundation, colour-correcting primers (in these shades and more) can act as camouflage for many complexion imperfections.
“To understand how they work you need to think of a colour wheel,” says make-up artist Simona Janek. “Work out the colour of the flaw you want to cover, then choose the colour directly opposite on the wheel to neutralise it.”
The trick to making them work is a light touch, says make-up artist Rae Morris. Choose sheer formulations and use only on the areas that need them.
“The primer shouldn’t change the foundation colour too much,” she notes.
Photo by John Rintoul Sep 6, 2012
There are some very good reasons to use a primer, says make-up artist Simona Janek. “They hydrate the skin, lock in moisture and create a smooth surface for make-up to glide on and stay on; some help control shine and camouflage pores, and others help give dry skin a dewy finish.” Win.