I’m often asked “What’s primer? Do I really need it?”
It’s something that is often overlooked and yet it’s one of the most important products you could use in makeup.
Makeup primer is no different then primer you’d use on the walls in your home. I know. Scary. But it’s true.
Primer is used to cover up imperfections in the skin (think filling in fine lines and large pores) creating a smooth surface over your skin. It will help to enhance your makeup and extend the life of your foundation for the day.
There are many different types of primer. Hydrating, illuminating, mattefying and oil free even mineral. Finding one isn’t too hard. Start with something basic.
When picking a primer ask yourself these questions:
-What are your needs?
-What’s your skin type?
-What’s the desired effect if you’re looking for one?
When you can answer these questions it’s easier to determine what type you’re looking for. Then there’s the age old question how much do you shell out on a primer? I find it a necessary tool. It helps me stretch my foundation over the course of 8-10 hours so I personally tend to spend around $30-50. I’m always on the look out for a new primer.
I do still have some break through oil, but you’ll ALWAYS have that no matter what skin type you are. What the difference is how much will break through depends on your skin type. If you’re oily, you’ll want to aim for an oil free mattefying primer. If it’s winter time and your skin looks dull or it’s summer and you want to glow eve more, try an illuminating one. If you’re looking fo a basic one look for something that is multi-tasking. Mattefying, light reflecting and smoothing are usually good qualities in a multi-tasking primer. Try something like L’Oreal’s MAgic Perfecting Base at your local drugstores.
Here are some of my faves:
- –MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin [CA$36.50]
- –Eve Pearl Priming Moisturizer [US$28 online]
- –Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer [CA$19-49 @ Sephora]
- –Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance [CA$24-40 @ Sephora]
Ok, so you’ve picked one out. Now what do you do with it?
Here’s some tips on how to apply it.
Primer is applied after moisturizer and before your foundation.
It’s best over all to use a foundation brush for an even smooth application. You can also use clean fingertips to help massage it into your skin. You’ll want to apply the primer to your entire face with attention to the prominent features like the tops of your cheeks and bridge of your nose. This way if there are any light reflecting properties to your primer you’ll want them in these areas to pick up any light to reflect. Wait until your primer has dried before applying your foundation.
Hopefully that helps you pick out and apply your primer!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!
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