When it comes to creating a beautiful, long-lasting makeup look, the first step might be the most important. Applying a makeup primer gives your makeup a smooth, even base to stick to, helping it stay smudge-free and flawless all day. Just like makeup, however, there is a large market for primers.
What’s a Makeup Primer, Anyway?
Primer is cream that is usually (but not always, I’ll get more into that later) colorless, which is meant to bridge one’s makeup and skincare routine. Makeup primers will create a barrier between the skin and the makeup, create a smoother skin surface for a nicer makeup application, prolong the makeup’s wear, and improve its overall appearance
If your skin begs for lotion after a shower, you definitely need to get a makeup primer for dry skin. A good, nourishing primer can take the place of your lotion, so you can hydrate your skin and prep it for makeup in one step. Look for primers with words like “hydrating,” “soothing,” or “replenishing.
When using a foundation primer, apply to a pea sized amount to clean, moisturised skin. Try to avoid the temptation to use more than directed; it may seem that if you use more then surely it will work better; however the opposite can be true if you apply too much.
If you’ve found that your skin is sensitive to the products you use, it’s a good idea to choose primers with a short ingredient list. Many beauty supply stores will have primers for sensitive skin that are oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and so on. The less additives in your facial products, the lower chance you have to experience a negative reaction.
Dry skin is a little complicated to prime. You want a primer that will moisturize your skin and give you a dewy finish. However, often the word “dewy” is just a substitute for shiny. Unfortunately, shimmer can emphasize flakiness.
Dry skin types have the hardest time finding a great makeup primer, so it’s really important to ask for a sample before purchasing a product. Your goal is to find something that is hydrating and creamy, but with a very light texture.
Ahh, combination skin types! The worst of both worlds – I would know, this is my skin type. With combination skin types there are two options: either choose a neutral primer that won’t overly mattify, but won’t make you look shiny either. It’ll just make your foundation go on smoother and last longer.
Alternatively, you can choose a mattifying primer for the parts of your face where your skin gets oily, and use a different kind in the dryer areas of your face.
Step 1: After applying your daily eye creams and facial moisturizers, squeeze a tiny bit of primer onto a flat eyeshadow brush, (like the Giorgio Armani Beauty Concealer Brush) or your fingertips.
Step 2: The layer should be thin and quickly absorbed into the skin so it can make the skin smooth and shadow-ready. Just a mustard-seed-sized amount for each lid will do the trick.
Step 3: Use rapid, gentle tapping motions to blend the formula into the skin. Start at your lash line and work all the way into the brows (yes, the brows — this will make your brow products last longer too).
Step 4: Remember to apply primer under the bottom lashes as well if you intend to use shadow or liner there. Allow about a minute for the formula to dry and absorb.