Prepping your skin before applying makeup is an important step that protects your skin and makes the makeup stay longer. For most people, this step normally involves the daily routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing the skin before applying makeup. However, adding a primer to this routine can be the best preparation for a smooth and lasting look. Whether you wear a full face of makeup every day or use a BB cream and lipstick, a primer can make a smooth base for the foundation.
Many beauty experts and makeup artists rave about this product. Makeup primers have been making waves in the drugstores for quite some time now. However, most people are still not sure of what is it, whether they need it or how to use it. If you too haven’t been using primers in your makeup routine due to the above reasons, you’re missing out. Here is everything you need to know about primers and why you need them.
What is a Makeup Primer?
A makeup primer is a base for the makeup that allows the makeup to go on smoother and last longer. Most makeup primers contain silicone-based polymers like dimethicone. The smoothing effects of these polymers can help smoothen and even out skin tone. The primer works to fill in pores, even out your skin texture and absorb excess oil so that the makeup goes on more smoothly. It gives your foundation something to hold on to so that it lasts longer. However, other than these key roles, a primer can also have other functions. You can also use a primer to correct or conceal any skin issues before applying makeup.
Some primers are specially formulated to give skin-care benefits like hydration, anti-aging, reducing redness, conceal spots, fill pores, etc. They also prevent your makeup from fading, blotching, etc. Many primers now come infused with SPF to lend you protection from the sun while giving you a flawless finish.
Types of Makeup Primer
Makeup primers are available in cream, gel, or powder form. The main role of primers is to make your makeup stay longer and give you a smooth finish. There are many types of primers for face, eyes, lashes, and even lips.
Face primers have come a long way since they were first used. Today, there are primers for every skin type and concern. Different formulas in face primers target specific skin concerns like hydration, color-correction, pore-minimizing, etc. The different types of primers are illuminating, mattifying, color-correcting, pore-minimizing, and hydrating primers. Illuminating primers have glimmering particles that offer extra radiance and glow. Mattifying primers are suitable for oily skin as they control sebum and reduce oil to give you a matte finish. You can use tinted color-correcting primers for concerns like reddish or sallow skin. For dehydrated skin, hydrating primers can offer an extra layer of moisture and hydration. And for those who have large pores and uneven skin tone, pore-minimizing primers can reduce the appearance of pores and give a smoother even tone.
Prepping each part of the face is equally important to get that smooth flawless finish. Just priming the face without prepping the lips and eyes can give an uneven look. A flawless face with a feathered or fading lipstick will still look uneven. Lip primers prepare the lips so that your lips don’t look dry and your lipstick lasts longer. It creates an even base for the lipstick by filling in fine lines and reducing lipstick feathering. They also enhance color payoff and prevent color bleeding.
Many of you may face the problem of your eyelids getting oily throughout the day or your eye makeup getting creased after some time. Often the shadow’s pigment also fades from the eyes after wearing makeup from some time. Eye primers are just what you need to overcome this issue. Eye makeup prepares your eyelids for an even application and longer-lasting makeup. Moreover, it also prevents creasing and enhances the pigmentation of your shadow.
Eyelash primers create a nice base for your mascara to grab onto and make it last longer. They can also nourish lashes and prime them for makeup. Lash primers can also lengthen your lashes and sometimes even stimulate lash growth. If you’re looking for stronger and thicker lashes, eyelash primer is just what you need!
How To Use
Primers should always be applied before makeup and after moisturizers. This will make your primer application even. Applying the primer correctly can make all the difference in the way you look. For small areas like eyelids or lips, you can use a small brush like a lip brush to give a finished look. However, for larger areas, it is better to use the fingertips to evenly spread the makeup over the face. Using the fingertips will allow you to work the primer into the skin while massaging the primer onto the skin can also get the blood flowing underneath. This technique will give you a more natural and finished look.
Many women believe they don’t need primers or don’t know how to use it. This isn’t a good enough reason to skip this step. Priming is an important step in applying makeup. The main function of primers is to prep the skin for a smoother application of makeup and making it last longer. However, primers today don many hats and do much more than the basic prepping. They also target specific skin concerns and help treat them. Moreover, if you prefer a natural makeup-free look, you can simply apply primer over your moisturizer as an added protection!