Multi-Priming – The Next Big Trend?

I feel I’ve spoken about multi-masking umpteen times – as it was the hottest trend of last year. I understand why, and I still multi-mask twice a week to sort out my oily chin/ t-zone and dry cheeks. It’s the perfect solution for those that have multiple skin concerns (because who only has one?). And a great reason to stock up on awesome skincare.

But multi-masking started us thinking, how many other products can we could use in multiples to counter act different issues?


The benefits of using a primer before your make-up are numerous. It helps your make-up go on smoother, stay on longer and look nicer. Primers can boost your skin radiance, hide redness and reduce the size of your pores. However not all primers contain every single benefit – which brings us to multi-priming. You can use a few different primers on different areas of your face to combat different issues.

Redness –

Experiencing redness and uneven pigmentation on your skin is not uncommon. Try a green tinted primer like the Napoleon Perdis Calming Skin Primer to counteract redness. The most common areas redness appears is on the cheeks and chin so focus your green primer there.

Dullness –

The perfect skin pick me up is another tinted primer – but for dull skin purple is your friend. It might sound strange but violet pigments work to mask yellowish tones that make your skin appear dull. Most yellow tones appear under the eyes so concentrate your purple primer in this area.

Dry Skin –

When your skin is dry or flaking, your make-up tends to stick to these dry patches, emphasising them. A primer works to smooth dry skin and help your make-up apply evenly. The Maybelline Dream Smooth Primer does exactly this, creating a flawless canvas to apply makeup on. Dry skin can be on your chin, cheeks, nose and forehead, focus your hydrating primer on your dry areas for best results.

Oily Skin –

Excess oil on the skin can cause your make-up to slip and slide around or sweat off completely – which I doubt is the look you’re going for. Try a mattifying primer in the areas you get the most oily such as t-zone and chin.

Large Pores –

Large pores are usually most obvious on the nose and under your eyes. Try a pore filling primer in this area such as the Dermalogica Hydra Blur Primer that helps to blur all visible lines and pores for naturally flawless skin.

Sensitive Skin –

If your skin is easily irritated or sensitised try a calming primer on areas where you easily flare up. The Dermalogica Ultracalming Redness Relief Primer contains natural green botanical extracts that soothe the skin and act as a barrier protection to keep external nasties away.

Eye Lids –

Your eyelids tend to get oily quickly. Use a eye specific primer to prevent your eyeshadow from moving around. The Jane Iredale Lid Primer contains silica to control oil so perfectly, you’ll never see a creased shadow again.



Now that you’ve got all the information you shouldn’t have any problems choosing the best face primer for your skin type. Sorry I meant primers! Let’s sit back and watch Multi-Priming take off.

Check out this handy little infographic to help you remember which primer where!

Have you tried Multi-Priming?

What’s the best primer you’ve used?

Renee Volck

Renee Volck

Writer and expert