We get asked all the time “what is primer?” and “should I use it.” We answer….if you want flawless makeup then use it. If you can’t be bothered with the extra step in the morning….then don’t worry about it. But what is it? Read on……all will be revealed.
Primer is designed to smooth and conceal fine lines and uneven skin texture, it gives a smooth, even surface to apply your makeup and it helps it stay on all day. They are usually made from things like waxes, polymers, and silicone, and often contain SPF to block the sun.
There are different types of primers for different types of skin. There is light weight, silicon based for oily or acne prone skin, it will be labelled ‘oil free’, and for dry or aging skin try a more creamy one which will contain waxes, lotions or emollients.
Primers can also be transparent or coloured. Depending on the colour, they can help hide dark circles, redness, age spots and un-even skin tone.
Now you know what it is and what’s in it, how and when do you apply it. Good question.
You should apply it after moisturiser, but before foundation or concealer. Wait a few minutes after moisturising, so it sinks in, then apple your primer of choice. Wait a few more minutes, then put your face on. We generally use a brush or sponge to apply it, but at home, if you want to use your fingers, thats ok too. Just make sure your hands are clean!
There are heaps of different primers on the market, so start with your favourite brand and go from there.
Here are some that one of our fav bloggers has reviewed. The Plastic Diaries. Click through and see what she thinks.
You can also get primers for lips, eyeshadow and mascara. They basically do the same thing but we will save them for another day.
Let us know if there is any other products that you are not sure about and we will do our darndest to help.
*thanks for the info Wise Geek and The Plastic Diaries