All you need to know about Primer

What is a primer?

Primer is a liquid or gel-based product that is used to provide a smooth canvas before doing any makeup art on the skin. Primer is generally skipped by makeup artists. Many can fail in seeing primer effects in the makeup.

Uses of primer

A good primer should

  • smooth the skin texture
  • seal in the hydration
  • controls / absorbs oil
  • prepares a base for the next layer base products to soak in the skin
  • closes and blurs out the pores
  • increase the makeup longevity
  • prevents base makeup products to become oxidized

There are many primers available in the market. Good primers should satisfy at least a few things mentioned above. Primers should be chosen according to our needs and desired output of the makeup.

Types of primer

Commonly, there are types of primers. They are

  1. Mattifying primer
  2. Tinted primer
  3. Silicone-free primer
  4. Color-correcting primer
  1. Mattifying primer: Mattifying primer provides a good base for the foundation and concealer. It is generally, silicone-based gel texture, which absorbs the oil secreted from the skin. This primer can clog pores. Thus acne-prone sensitive skin should avoid this. Still very suitable for oily skin people, to increase the longevity of the makeup.
  2. Tinted Primer: Tinted primer is suitable for people with dry skin. this primer seals the hydration in the skin and prevents the makeup from becoming patchy after application. It gives a dewy finish for the skin and works great for uneven skin tone.
  3. Silicone-Free Primer: Silicone-free primer is crafted for people with combination and dry skin. This primer usually comes in a cream base and may feel heavy on the skin. Silicone-free primers provide intense hydration for the skin. This helps to achieve a flawless base for makeup. But most avoid for acne-prone skin.
  4. Color-correcting Primer: Color-correcting primers neutralizes the skin and prepares it for the next layer of makeup product application. This is perfect to use for sensitive skin. Color-correcting primers give a smooth finish, which makes the application of foundation easy and effortless.

How to choose a primer?

The primer should be chosen as per our needs. Each skin is unique and every product works differently on different skin. Use the trial and error method to choose a perfect primer for our skin. Below are a few lists of recommendations.

  • Oily skin/ pore skin – Mattifyingprimer
  • Dry skin – Tinted / Silicone-free primer
  • Pigmented and imperfect discolored skin – Color-correcting primer
  • Matte finish makeup look – Mattifying primer
  • Dewy and glossy finish makeup look – Tinted primer

How to apply primer?

Primer can be applied after moisturizing our face. No need to apply primer all over the face. If we want to give glossy glow only in the cheeks, we can apply a tinted primer on the cheeks. If we want to control oil on the T-zone (A problem with the combination and oily skin people), mattifying/ oil control primer can be applied only on the T-zone. Use an appropriate primer for a particular area, If we want to blur out the pores and imperfections.

When to apply primer?

The primer should be applied once the face is prepared for makeup after basic skincare steps. For basic skincare steps, please visit here.

Primer mistakes!!!

  • Apply primer and rest face for at least 2-4 minutes for the product to work
  • Choose the primer according to the skin type and desired finish look
  • Primers are not for daily use. If we want to keep the makeup for the longest time on the skin, primers can be used
  • Always clean the face with deep cleansers when we use primers

Is it neccessary to use a primer before makeup?

Absolutely not!!! If we do not want primers before our base makeup and feeling like it does give any considerable change on the skin, we can skip this step in makeup. If one does not see a noticeable change in the makeup after using primer, they may not have chosen the perfect primer for their skin type.

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