Are There Primers Without Silicone?

Silicone is known for its ability to fill in fine lines and pores for a smooth finish, so it's no surprise that this ingredient is common in primers. However, silicone isn't for everyone.

If you're not a fan of silicone, you don't have to give up primer. There are plenty of silicone-free primers to choose from, all of which still have amazing benefits.

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What Is Silicone, And Why Is It Used In Primers?

Silicone is a synthetic substance, usually listed as 'dimethicone' on product labels. Silicone is used in primers to fill in imperfections, allowing for smooth, even makeup application. This ingredient also creates a slightly sticky surface that keeps makeup on the skin all day.

Silicone is oil-free, so it's perfect for regulating sebum production on combination and oily skin. Silicone leaves your skin with a velvet-like finish for an airbrushed look.

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What Are The Drawbacks Of Silicone?

Some people simply don't like using synthetic ingredients on their skin. Silicone can also have negative side effects on some skin types.

Applying a silicone primer to dry skin can leave it feeling flaky and dehydrated, despite the product's silky feel. Silicone is also said to clog pores and cause breakouts if the product builds up over time.

Silicone primers create a layer between the skin and makeup. This layer may trap impurities and bacteria, making skin prone to breakouts and irritation.

You may choose to use a silicone-free primer if you're using a water-based foundation, such as the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Brightening Makeup. Silicone doesn't react well with water and can disturb your foundation, leading to a messy finish. Silicone pairs best with oil-based foundations, such as Napoleon Perdis Stroke of Genius: Liquid Cashmere Foundation SPF20 .

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Choosing A Silicone-free Primer

If silicone isn't for you or your skin type, you can choose from plenty of silicone-free primers. You may have tried primer in the past and felt it didn't agree with your skin. However, if you use the right primer, it can work wonders for your makeup application. Try a silicone-free primer and see if you don't have a completely different experience.

Inika Pure Primer

Inika Pure Primer contains certified organic essential oils that each have important skincare benefits. Lemon Myrtle essential oil balances the skin, helping reduce oil production without drying out the skin. Bergamot essential oil is naturally antiseptic and helps unclog pores. It’s commonly used in natural skin care products because it works so well on all skin types. Bergamot even helps brighten a dull, dry complexion. Lavender essential oil eases skin inflammation, calms sensitive skin, and aids in wound healing.

Inika Pure Primer
La Mav Bio-Active Primer

The combination of natural skincare and perfect makeup base that your skin has been looking for. La Mav - Bio-Active Primer provides anti-ageing antioxidant protection and locks in plumpness, creating an ideal canvas for your makeup to stay put throughout the day. La Mav - Bio-Active Primer is ideal for all skin types, including mature and sensitive. Enriched with Rosehip Oil and Vitamin C extract, the skin is protected from free radicals that can cause premature ageing, and over time the skin is left more bright and even-toned.

La Mav Bio-Active Primer
Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray - Silicone-Free

Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray is a revolutionary ultra-fine primer mist that creates a smooth, silicone-free base for your makeup. In a convenient mist form, Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray creates a light, breathable barrier between your skin and makeup. This vitamin-based primer is clinically proven to reduce redness, minimise pores and diminish the appearance of fine lines. Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray ensures your makeup goes on smooth, and stays put!

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Nude by Nature Airbrush Primer

Give your makeup a sultry, airbrushed finish by prepping skin with Nude by Nature Airbrush Primer. A transparent, whisper-light formula, this silky formula glides over skin, infusing your complexion with hydration and creating a smooth, even canvas for makeup application. This seamless-finish primer goes deeper than just perfecting in the moment, with a formula enriched with antioxidants for a unique dash of anti-ageing skincare that leaves the skin smooth, primed, and protected against environmental damage. Stay silky smooth all day long with Nude by Nature Airbrush Primer.

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ICONIC London Prep-Set-Glow

It’s the versatile skin-friendly makeup mist that keeps selling out. Try the refreshing, 100% vegan superhero mist that is responsible for most of that glow you keep seeing on social media! This skin-boosting mist not only hydrates the skin, but gives you that 8-hours-of-sleep freshness with caffeine, and a beautiful blend of light reflecting molecules that make you glow.

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