Today we’re talking primers. What the heck are they and do you really need one? The short answer: yes, you really need one. And if you’re someone who usually skips this step, you’re not alone! Many people think primers are just an “extra step” in a makeup routine, but they’re actually a must. Whether you’re trying to even out skin tone, camouflage pores or get your makeup to last longer, a good primer is the answer. But of course, not all makeup primers are created equally, so today I’m sharing my top three favorites + tips on how to use them!
WHAT IS A PRIMER?
A primer is used as a base for makeup, giving your foundation something to hold on to so it lasts all day. Makeup primers come in cream, gel, liquid or powder form. There are tons of primers out there that cater to every skin type or makeup concern.
HOW TO PICK A PRIMER
The best way to pick a makeup primer that will work for you is to think about your skin type.
- If you have oily skin, try a mattifying or pore-minimizing primer.
- If you have dry skin, try a moisture-rich primer.
- If you have acne-prone skin, try a color-correcting primer or acne-fighting primer.
- If you have mature skin, avoid shimmery primers and try a hydrating primer.
- If you have sensitive skin, try a natural primer with skin-soothing ingredients.
HOW TO APPLY PRIMER
- Start with a clean base
- Follow with your skincare routine (moisturizer, sunscreen etc.)
- Wait a minute or so before applying primer
- Apply a pea sized amount and use fingers to smooth primer onto skin
- Let primer sit for a few minutes
- Continue with makeup application
MY PRIMER PICKS
Wearing a primer is a makeup step I never skip. I have dry, acne prone skin and rely on primer to give me an even base and to mattify my larger pores.. The first primer I’m loving right now is the Clarins SOS primer in the shade 02 Peach Blurs Imperfections (see it in action here). It’s super lightweight and and is great for blurring imperfections before applying makeup.
The third one I recommend is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. It’s clear, super lightweight and instantly reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines.
And lastly for a more affordable makeup primer option, the Maybelline Master Prime is a good one for smoothing and evening out skin tone for all skin types.
Do you guys use a makeup primer? Let me know which one you’re obsessed with in the comments!