Everything You Need to Know About Makeup Primers


Primer is a product that is highly recommended by beauty professionals, but not truly known about by the public. Primer is known to smooth the surface of skin before makeup is applied, control excess oil produced, and keeps makeup looking fresh throughout the day.

It’s easy to get lost in the vast amount of makeup products offered to the world, to make it easier, we have compiled information to help you figure out if a primer is right for you.

What is a makeup primer?

Contrary to popular belief, primers have been around for a long period of time. Like many beauty products, primers were made to protect the skin of actors and performers in the theater world who relied heavily on makeup. Since then, primers have advanced in their formulas and aim to make your makeup last a long time. Additionally, primers work to decrease fine lines, color-correct, fill pores, and help oily or dry skin. Some face primers even contain SPF and other ingredients that help to make skin radiant and healthier.

What are the different kinds of primers?

There are so many primers available. Anywhere you can wear makeup, you can use a primer– there are eye, brow, lash, nail, lip, and overall face primers. Primers are either silicon or water-based. Silicon helps fill in pores and lines, whereas water-based products assists in extending wear.

Which primer is right for me?

Choosing the right primer depends on your skin and beauty routine. With oily skin, primers help makeup stick and control oil regulation. If you face dry lips and love matte lipsticks, primers can assist with smooth application. For fuller eyelashes, a mascara primer is your best bet. It’s best to do your own research to find out which primer brands are best for your needs and skin type.

How do I use a primer?

Face primers act as a base, and therefore, should be applied before you put on any makeup. Immediately after you wash your face and apply moisturizer, the primer should be applied. Additionally the saying, “a little goes a long way” applies to the usage of primer. A pea-sized squirt works well. Be sure to apply it to your entire face, including eyelids and lips. After, let the primer sit for a few minutes and then apply your makeup.

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