Makeup tutorials: Why Primer Is a Must

Posted on May 01 2017

I'm almost ashamed to admit that I had been wearing makeup for years before I discovered primer. So it's no wonder that my makeup didn't go on nicely and was fading away or wearing off just a few hours after I put it on -- more if it was a hot and humid day. But primer is my saving grace, and I'm here to tell you all about it.

Primer serves a few different purposes. As the name suggests, it primes your face for makeup, which means your makeup goes on more smoothly. This saves time and effort because, let's face it, none of us have flawless skin. Lines, wrinkles, blemishes, roughness, dry patches and even scars can make makeup go on less easily. You can just feel when your brush or sponge is dragging along your skin and not gliding smoothly. But makeup primer helps with that!

Other benefits of makeup primer include making your makeup stick longer. When I wear primer, I feel confident that my foundation or eyeshadow will last all day, which is something I could never count on before! I waste less product because I don't need to reapply multiple times to keep my face looking fresh!

I also love how eyeshadow primer, which is made specifically for wearing under your eye makeup to prevent fading and creasing, can make the colors more vibrant without using more product. I would sometimes feel like my eyeshadow just didn't pop enough, but primer has fixed that. I use a separate eyeshadow primer for my lids, which comes in a smaller tube with a wand for application.

So how do you go about using primer? Start with a clean and dry face. Apply the primer, which is typically a cream, with your fingertips. Work it into your skin.  For eyeshadow primer, you can use the wand directly or apply the product to clean fingertips. Use your ring fingers to gently pat your primer onto your lids. 

You may want to give your primer a few minutes to dry if it feels too moist to add makeup over the top. If you want to wear moisturizer, put it on after your primer, and allow it to dry per usual.

Psst -- love this post? Check out the rest of our makeup tutorials to discover how to become a makeup goddess!

Note that some primers also function as moisturizers or have features such as reducing oil, preventing breakouts, minimizing pores or redness reduction. You won't usually find makeup primers sold as part of sets for specialized skin concerns, but it's easy to find one to help you battle the issues that concern you most (mine is redness!).

There's truly a primer for everyone; although, most primers are intended to be used by most people.  Not sure where to begin? Contact us to discover the primer options available. 

Word of advice: if your makeup is silicone-based, stick to a silicone-based primer (look for any ingredients ending in -icone or -oxane in your makeup and choose a primer with similar ingredients if you see them). You may also want to avoid silicone primer if you prefer a lighter product or struggle with acne.

It's better to use water-based primers with water-based foundations to avoid any makeup pilling or reactions, but water-based primers don't tend to react with silicone foundations as much as the other way around. You'll know if the primer and makeup don't play well because your makeup won't go on easier. But when you've got the right combo? You'll wonder why you waited so long to jump on the primer bandwagon. I know I did!

Primer is truly a godsend! Even if you wear mostly drugstore makeup, a good primer will extend its life and help with the application, not to mention how good you'll look once you finally add primer to your makeup arsenal!

 

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