Do i really need to prime?

Do i really need to prime?

Ever since I started buying makeup at 14, I’ve always asked myself, do I really need a primer? I suffer a lot from oily skin so makeup literally does not last as much as I’d hope to on my face but every time I go to buy a primer I never know where to start because there’s so many, if not too many options available; there’s hydrating, brightening, mattifying, blurring, luminising, and more — so which one do I pick??? Then I’ve seen people use different types of primers for different areas of their face, then do you guys remember that time people were using men’s Nivea shaving balm as primer?? Makeup is actually so confusing sometimes because what works for other people may not work for you, and it’s one of those situations where you actually have to test it out yourself until you actually find what works for you.

Some people love primer, some people hate it and I still don’t know if it’s actually a necessity in my makeup draw or if just haven’t found the perfect one for me.

What exactly is primer and what does it do?

Primer is one of those words that literally explains itself, it is exactly what its name implies: It’s a prep product that’s applied after your skincare to create an almost clear canvas to hold onto whatever makeup you want to apply — from foundation to tinted moisturizer or even just concealer, primer will supposedly make sure nothing moves an inch whilst also blurring your pores, helping to fade fine lines and smoothening skin! Your primer might come in the form of a hyaluronic acid-spiked facial serum that boosts hydration, a sunscreen that protects and softens the appearance of pores, or a traditional silicone-based primer that smooths and blurs.

What’s the best way to apply them?

Primers are ALWAYS applied after your last skin-care step and before your makeup. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.  Many makeup artists recommend that you apply the product with your fingers to apply primer, as they say, it’s the best and easiest way to blend everything and get a seamless finish. It’s also advised that you wait a full minute for it to dry before layering anything on top in order to avoid disturbing the makeup. A little goes a long way with primer, and too much can ruin your makeup look before you even get to create it.

Skin type

Dry: Dry skin benefits from moisturizing primers with added glycerine, aloe, or shea butter. Look for words like nourishing and replenishing.

Normal: If your skin isn’t particularly dry or oily, choose a photo finish primer or a blurring primer made with silicone that minimizes pores and leaves a fresh, dewy finish.

Oily: If your skin is oily, look for primers that advertise shine reduction or mattifying to help keep shiny skin under control.

What are the most common primer mistakes?
  • Applying too much
  • Applying makeup straight after, rather than allowing for the primer to dry first
  • Choosing one completely wrong for your skin type
  • Picking a primer that does not go well with the formula of your foundation
  • Layering primers
So do I really need primer?

Whether or not you feel using a primer is necessary, it’s completely up to you and whether or not you’re happy with your current makeup routine. But it wouldn’t hurt to try it out and see if it actually makes an improvement or adds some sort of value to your life – you may find that primers don’t make a marked improvement in your face makeup, and in that case, skip the step. However, it could also mean you haven’t found the one. Whatever you do, before choosing a primer do your research, get recommendations, and try different formulas in store.

The bottom line: If you’re wondering whether or not you need a primer in your life, just ask yourself how happy you are with the overall look, feel, and finish of your face makeup. If there’s something off or missing — maybe you want to add more overall glow or trim shine from your T-zone — a primer could be precisely what you need.

My go to sweat-proof concealers for summer

My go to sweat-proof concealers for summer

A long-lasting, crease-resistant concealer is a must! Concealer is a must-have for my makeup bag, for me, I cannot live without it – to me, it is more of an essential than foundation and powder because of the number of things it offers for my face; it not only covers up any dark circles under my eyes but it also covers breakouts, blemishes and dark spots to even out skin, while it can also double up as a highlighter and/ or colour corrector. And in summer it’s more essential than ever, especially for the days when it’s too hot to wear a full face of makeup and because of the fact that the days are longer so you need something that won’t move through the day aka sweat off your face.

 These are the 3 reasons waterproof concealers is the only makeup product you need for the rest of your life;

It doesn’t budge

It’ll keep uneven skin, fine lines and dark circles away all day long. Waterproof concealer will keep your eyes looking big no matter how little sleep you’re getting or how active you’ll be throughout the day. Test it out at the gym if you don’t believe me.

Gives the illusion of clear skin?

A waterproof concealer topped with a little setting powder will have everyone thinking you have the most flawless of skins!

Waterproof Makeup Is the New Thing

More and more, waterproof makeup — from foundation and concealer to mascara, blush, lipstick and more — is popping up everywhere as women are looking for cosmetics that will actually stay put. These new formulas will finally allow you to spend the day out in the sun, in the office or out with your friends without having to touch anything up. 

Here are my favourites;

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer Concealer

Why you need the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer | lookfantastic

Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealer

All Nighter Concealer Light Warm in color Light Warm

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer

MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer | ASOS

Make- Up Forever Full Cover Concealer


It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer

Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer-12 ...

Winter concealer???

Winter concealer???

So a few weeks ago I did a post on winter foundations and I thought why not do one on winter concealers, I mean its’s only right! Concealer is honestly my favourite makeup product of all time. If I could only wear one makeup product for the rest of my life it would be concealer. No joke. Winter is literally where my skin is the driest meaning that I not only have to change my foundation but also my concealer because we cannot forget that your eyes are the most sensitive parts of your face, therefore, they need to stay hydrated at ALL TIMES meaning you need a hydrating concealer and to probably ditch the baking this winter. Dry winter skin is a real thing, people!!! So please listen to me when I say moisturising and eye cream is not enough to save your complexion from drying out, switching to more hydrating versions of all of your beauty products is ultimately your best bet! I don’t think men actually realise how hard and expensive it is being a girl 🙁

During winter we should be looking for creamier formulas that hydrate dry, flaky areas instead of accentuating them this means sticking to liquid or cream concealers.

My Personal Faves

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

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Now, this is the holy grail of concealers, the texture 10/10, colour range 10/10, consistency 10/10. There is no one in this world that has a bad thing to say about this concealer. Everything about it is amazing and the best thing about it is that its not only hydrating but you can also apply it with your fingers!

Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer

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So apparently this is the UK’s very own version of the Tarte shape tape concealer aka the one concealer that every US influencer swears by! I love this concealer but what I love more about it is the Price – for £4 you get the creamiest consistency and FULL coverage!

L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal

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This is the OG drugstore concealer for us WOC. (If I were you I’d buy it from your local hair shop, it’s a lot cheaper at £2.99). This was the first-ever concealer I bought and I was literally obsessed, it is an exact dupe of the makeup forever foundation and has the most amazing finish/ coverage!

e.l.f. Cosmetics e.l.f. 16hr Camo Concealer

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This is an exact dupe of the Nars radiant concealer and the amazing thing is that it’s only £5 so if you can’t bring yourself to pay £22 for one concealer then this is the one for you! The only problem is that you have to be fast when blending due to the thickness of the formula.

SPF in the winter?

SPF in the winter?

When I was little people always used to tell me that I didn’t need suncream because I am black but bbbooooyyyy where they completely wring, everyone needs suncream, melanin does not make you immune to sun damage and it has a lot of benefits which is why you should wear it EVERY SINGLE DAY not just in summer simply for the reason that “Ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always present,” explains Dr. Shilesh Iyer, M.D., a Board Certified dermatologist with the renown New York Dermatology Group. “They are independent of cold or hot weather and are not blocked by clouds. On overcast days, only visible rays (but not UVB rays) from the sun are blocked. The best way to protect the skin is with sun protection.”

And yessss the SPF in your foundation, concealer, primer or powder is not enough. You might be thinking that your makeup containing SPF is a suitable substitute for sunscreen, it’s likely not protecting you from sun damage as well as you think.

What exactly is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor (Pretty obvious). It measures the level of protection a product will give you from UVB. The British Association of Dermatologists recommend always using a minimum of SPF 30, which blocks 97% of UVB. To put that into context, SPF 15 blocks 93% and SPF 50 blocks 98%. So, in reality, they should kinda stop selling anything below SPF15 because it is very misleading and as you can see not useless but not as effective as anything at SPF30 and above.

How much damage can UV rays really cause?

Sun damage shows itself in the form of dullness, uneven pigmentation and loss of firmness. Which is why SPF is perfect for preventing wrinkles for as long as possible, they kind of work as an anti-ageing product. “Ultraviolet rays from the sun are extremely harmful to the skin and cause more than 90 per cent of the visible signs of ageing including wrinkles, sagging, rough patches and skin discolouration,” confirms Dr Shirin Lakhani.

What’s the best way to apply your SPF?

“Your sunscreen should be applied after you moisturise and before you apply your foundation,” says Shirin. “Even if you are wearing makeup you still need to re-apply every two hours.” It also needs to be applied correctly to be effective, so make sure you’re using a decent amount. “Sunscreen should be applied before you leave home in the morning all year round,” adds Dr Qian Xu. “Even on cloudy winter days.”

Best SPF moisturisers



Did Fenty Beauty change the game?

Did Fenty Beauty change the game?

2017 was a big year for the beauty industry and a lot of it was due the release of Fenty beauty. Every year the beauty industry is getting bigger and better and evolving, it has come a very long way in the last 10 years but there is still an even longer way to go until we can officially say that there is a range of diversity within the beauty world, whether that be high end or drug store beauty products.

Eventhough Rihanna released Fenty Beauty weeks ago Instead of doing a review I have decided to explain to you why I believe that Fenty Beauty has officially changed the game forever! Ever since I started my blog I have always expressed my opinion on the lack of diversity within the makeup industry and I am just happy that Rihanna finally answered every woman of colours call! Somebody in this industry finally gets it!

No matter how overrated you may believe Fenty Beauty to be at the end of the day we cannot ignore the fact that Rihanna release 40 SHADES! And they’re not all different shades of caucasian but a range of beautiful shades for women of different undertones and complexions. This was and currently is the most shades a brand has ever released during their first product launch. This has now for me set the bench mark for beauty brands when releasing anything like foundation, concealer etc.

Although I am happy about this it’s just a shame that it took this long for it to happen and that it was done by a woman of colour who saw this problem and decided to fix it herself. However I hope that more brands like kylie cosmetics that released 30 concealer shades will follow in Rihanna’s foot steps, especially drugstore brands for all those women on a budget!

Shop Fenty Beauty;


Best foundations for different skin types

Best foundations for different skin types

It has taken me a couples of years to truly understand my skin type and what’s best for it. I used to think that I had dry skin but I realised that it was the products that I used that caused my skin to become dry and that In reality I actually had normal skin. However In extremely hot weather conditions I usually end up with oily skin, so every season I have to switch up my routine to suit the weather. I also have to change my foundation but it’s hard to know which ones best for your skin type because the worst thing you could do is spend more than £25 on a foundation that is completely wrong for your skin. But that’s why I’m writing this blog post to make it easier for you!


There are so many different issues when applying foundation to dry skin from a caked finish to flaking skin to emphasising patches of dryness and fine lines, put the wrong foundation on it, and you can end up making things look a whole lot worse – and end up feeling self-conscious while out and about as a result.


The struggle is real when it comes to finding a foundation that controls excess oil and stays in place all day. To say that wearing foundation when you have an oily skin type is tough may be a massive understatement, but it’s not completely impossible. When you have oils skin it’s best to stick to matte foundations and one that are oil free.

Beauty products you Need from beautybay this summer!

Beauty products you Need from beautybay this summer!

I have recently been doing a bit of spring cleaning and in the last couple of weeks I have cleared out my my entire wardrobe and makeup draw ready for the summer! My mother calls me a hoarder which I think is nonsense. Every single year without fail she has managed to secretly get rid of a couple of my things and either thrown them away or given them to other people. However this year instead of waiting for her to do it again I decided that It would be best if I did it myself. I hate spring cleaning and I hate getting rid of things especially those that are sentimental to me and hold a lot of memories but sometimes it needs to be done in order to make space for new and exciting thing in our lives!

Now that I have thrown away all of my old and out of date beauty products I am going to need more makeup and skincare so what better place to go than the land of beauty bay! If you live in the UK and have never heard of beautybaty, where have you been living for the last couple of years? It is the go to when it comes to beauty products, they have an amazing range of products from ABH to Morphe, I mean what more could you want!

Beautybay Summer wishlist

Beauty Trends we can’t stop obsessing over this spring/summer!

Beauty Trends we can’t stop obsessing over this spring/summer!

Although we may not follow them as religiously, just like fashion there are trends within makeup, we mostly see them on the runway or on celebrities but you rarely see the average person testing out beauty trends. But why not change that? Take a risk this summer, be bold and try one of these beauty trends!

This season it’s all about water colours of every colour, skin so glowy it’s almost illegal, and all around total gorgeousness. The stand out looks at this years runway shows were brighter and bolder than ever before, inspired the most colourful decade ever – the 80s. Even though the 80s were an absolutely tragic era for fashion it was a truly revolutionary era for beauty and makeup. It was a decade in which people started to see the art within makeup and turn away from simple looks to start experimenting and seeing how they could enhance every single feature of their face.

Beauty trends of the season;

  • Glitter lips – Last year, Pat McGrath introduced us to the beauty of glitter dusted lips and it’s going to be a big hit this spring. it’s a lot more wearable than you think!
  • Red lippy – will red lipstick ever go out of trend? I don’t think so, at least not anytime soon.

  • ‘no make up’ radiance – This spring its about simplicity and maintaining a radiant glow so it never looks as though you’re trying too hard.
  • Colour  – Spring/ summer is all about colour with a twist – colour is no longer just for you eyelids!