One of the main questions I see asked a lot about using Seint is, “What is the BEST primer to use with Seint Makeup?” This is a great question that doesn’t have one definitive answer.
The answer is going to depend on your skin type and what you want to achieve by using a primer.
There are four reasons people use a primer:
- to mattify their look or keep oily skin controlled
- to create an illuminating glow
- to have their makeup last all day
- to hide their pores
The type of primer recommended, or if you even need a primer at all, will depend on the look you want to achieve. We’ll dive into each of these reasons in this guide.
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Do I Need to Use a Primer with Seint Makeup?
You don’t need to wear primer with Seint Makeup. The IIID foundation is not like traditional makeup and is actually designed to be applied straight onto bare skin.
The only reason I may suggest wearing a primer is if you have oily skin, but I would also suggest switching up your skincare routine to fix the reason your skin is oily in the first place.
I polled hundreds of Seint Artists about which primers they like best for themselves and their various clients. This Seint Makeup & Primer guide will list all the options that I’ve found in this poll.
One thing to keep in mind is that your skin will go through an adjustment period when you start wearing cream makeup, so I would wait a couple of weeks before you start experimenting with which primers if any, work best in your makeup routine.
Also, remember that everyone’s skin is different, so what may work for one person may not work for you. Keep experimenting until you find the right fit. This guide should break down the best options for your specific needs and skin type, however.
Primers Without Silicone
One important thing to note is that most primers have silicones in them and are silicone-based (which means silicones are in the first couple of ingredients listed on the package).
Here’s the thing, cream makeup does not stick well to silicone. That being said, your best bet is to find a primer without silicones or one that isn’t silicone-based.
Some artists have great luck with a silicone-based primer we’ll talk about later in this guide, but the general rule of thumb is to find one that is water-based.
Again, everyone’s skin is different. Some artists are able to use primers with silicone, while many find it causes their foundation to wear off after a couple of hours. You’ll have to find what’s best for you.
Best Primers to Use With Seint Makeup
The BEST primer to use with Seint Makeup will depend on what you want to use the primer for, so we’ll dig into all of that in the rest of this guide.
1. Priming to Mattify
If you have oily skin, a good mattifying primer will be your best friend. Your skin produces excess oil, and the primer will create a barrier for your skin.
You’ll want to find a primer without silicones, and I’ve found the best options are:
- MILK Hydro Grip Primer
- Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer
- NYX Marshmallow Primer
- Elf Power Grip Primer
- Honest Beauty Everything Primer – Matte
If you have super oily skin, you will benefit from applying a small amount of Seint’s vanilla dust with the perfecting sponge, followed by a setting spray. For oily skin, I highly recommend Charlotte Tilbury’s Setting Spray.
2. Priming to Illuminate
You may want to use an illuminating primer for a dewy glow. Seint’s IIID foundation is known for achieving that look with its creams alone.
However, if you want something with a little shimmer for a radiant glow, try Supergoop Glow Screen. It is an SPF as well as a primer and is silicone-free.
3. Priming for Longevity
Many people want to use primer for longevity. That being said, Seint’s IIID foundation is designed to last on your face all day. Before exploring primers, make sure you’re not dealing with the following issues:
- Are you using too light of a shade?
- Do you have redness that you aren’t color-correcting?
You can also use stay spray after application, which will help with longevity. Some artists swear by using Stay Spray prior to applying foundation, but it does have silicone in it. So experiment with this to see if it works, or try a silicone-free primer after trying on bare skin.
If you’ve tried all that and still need to use a primer for longevity MILK Hydro Grip Primer and Elf Power Grip Primer are the two most popular picks. For extra hold, finish off with Seint’s finishing spray if you have normal or dry skin or Charotte Tilbury’s setting spray if you have oily skin.
4. Priming to Hide Pores
Pore-filling primers create a blur to soften the look of pores. This works very well on bare skin, but because these primers are silicone-based, they don’t work well with cream makeup.
Before looking for a pore-filling product, be sure you are using the right shade. Lighter shades will emphasize texture and pores. Be sure you are color-correcting any redness or darker areas on your face first and then using the correct highlight shade.
My secret weapon to hide pores while using IIID foundation is a product I use after my foundation is applied. It’s Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender, and it’s amazing.
It has all the silicones in it that help blur pores, but because you use it as a powder after your foundation, it doesn’t impact how the creams stick to your face.
Hands down, one of the best products for pore-filling and longevity is Mally’s Ever Color. It is a pore-filling product you use after your foundation, so it doesn’t affect how the creams stick to your face.
Seint’s IIID foundation is truly built to go on bare skin, without a need for primer. Setting sprays and translucent powders after applying the foundation works best. However, many still do prefer a primer. Take into account what type of skin you have and what your goal for the primer is in order to find the perfect solution for your makeup routine.