"What Is Makeup Primer...and Is It Necessary?"
Prepping the skin is key to a flawless makeup application! Adding a primer as the first step in your makeup routine will dramatically step-up your makeup game!
What Is Primer?
Depending on the formula, primers are generally mineral-based, silicon-based or water-based. While many primers offer different benefits, the main purpose of primer is to create a smooth canvas for makeup application, while creating a barrier between the skin and the makeup. Primers also help extend the longevity of makeup!
Which Formula Is Right For Me?
When choosing a primer, it’s important to choose a formula for your skin-type. There are primers that are designed for specific skin concerns, such as: oil-controlling primers, hydrating primers, color correcting primers, etc.
Most Common Types of Face Primer
illuminating primers often contain micro-particles that give the skin a radiant glow. If you’re looking to achieve a healthy & dewey glow, then this is the primer for you!
Becca Backlight Priming Filter Face Primer
mattifying primers are excellent for those with combination/oily skin! They help to reduce shine and control excess sebum oil.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Step1 Skin Equalizer Primer (1 - Mattifying)
color-correcting primers are available in a variety of different tones, to help with any necessary color-correcting, such as: discoloration, redness, sallowness, uneven skintone, etc.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Step1 Skin Equalizer Primer (5 - Redness Correcting)
while most primers help extend the longevity of your makeup, long-wearing primers have added ingredients to really lock in your makeup for flawless, all-day wear!
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
hydrating primers are perfect for those with dry and/or dehydrated skin. They give the skin an added layer of moisture, to help hydrate and freshen the skin.
Hourglass N° 28 Primer Serum
if large pores and/or fine lines are your concern, then you’ll want to get this kind of primer! These primers help to blur and minimize the appearance of pores and fine-lines, while leaving the skin with a soft-matte finish.
Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer
Other Types of Primer
Aside from primers for the face, there are also primers designed for the eyelids, eyelashes, undereyes & lips.
eyeshadow primers prep the eyelids by creating a smooth canvas for eye-makeup, helps prevent eyeshadow from creasing, and helps keep eye-makeup looking flawless all-day long!
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
applied to the eyelashes before mascara, eyelash primers condition the lashes and helps mascara give more volume & length to the eyelashes.
DIOR Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer
undereye primers help to prevent concealer from creasing and/or caking, while also helping concealer last longer!
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
lip primers create a smooth base for lipstick application, preventing lipstick from bleeding and extending the wear of any lip products applied on top.
MAC PREP + PRIME LIP