There are so many makeup products out there that sometimes it can feel like not all of them are actually necessary when applying makeup. Many people don’t think it’s worth the investment when it comes to primers. Do they really help your makeup stay on longer or are they just a quick way for cosmetic companies to pull more money out of your wallet?
Prepping your skin before putting on your makeup is an important step, one that normally involves cleansing and moisturising, but a makeup primer can also be the best beauty prep of all.
What is a makeup primer?
Makeup primer is a base for foundation or face makeup that allows it to go on smoother and last longer giving it something to hold onto so it lasts throughout the day. It creates an extra layer between your skin and makeup and it evens out the skin tone. Formulas are available in cream, gel and powder.
How to choose your primer
Choosing your primer really depends on your makeup focus and beauty goals. Many makeup primers are silicone-based because of their smoothing effects. When it comes to picking a primer you’re going to need to consider your skins needs because nowadays the formulas do so much more than simply prep your skin.
Illuminating primers are ideal for when you’re looking for that dewy radiance without heavy strobing. They’re infused with pearly ingredients that give your skin a gleaming finish.
BECCA BACKLIGHT PRIMING FILTER
If you’re struggling with oily skin, you may want to use a mattifying primer. It targets the oil-prone areas that are guilty of causing your makeup to move, reduces shine and controls sebum.
ESTÉE LAUDER MATTE PERFECTING PRIMER
This product has dual functions. For starters it has a primary function of extending the longevity of your makeup. Next it is formulated with colour correcting pigments to help conceal problem areas such as redness.
CLINIQUE SUPERPRIMER FACE PRIMER
Even though most of the primers are meant to make your makeup last longer, there are certain primers that really increase the hold and locks your foundation in place all day.
BENEFIT STAY FLAWLESS 15-HOUR PRIMER
If you have dry and flaky skin, applying a moisturising primer before you work in your foundation will not only give you a lit-from-within glow but also hydrate your skin for hours on end.
LAURA MERCIER FOUNDATION PRIMER – HYDRATING
It can be difficult to see what certain types of primers actually do for your skin, except the pore-filling ones that give clear and immediate results. If you have large pores and an uneven skin tone, this product should be a life-saver. The pore-filling primer can even be worn on its own.
How to apply the primer
Always apply moisturiser beforehand and wait a few minutes for it to sink into the skin. Then, put a small amount on to your nose and blend outward using your fingertips, it allows you to really work the product into your skin. Another tip is to massage the primer onto skin using to help getting the blood flowing underneath.