What is the Purpose of a Makeup Primer?

Prepping your skin prior to putting on your makeup is an important step, one that normally involves cleansing and moisturising.

However, tossing a primer into your cosmetics bag can be the best beauty prep of all. Longer-lasting makeup and a more even application are just two of the perks.

What is a Makeup Primer?

Primer creates an extra layer between your skin and makeup. Priming products are predominantly used to help makeup last longer, smooth the skin's surface, and even out the skin tone. (To assist in smoothing the skin, reducing spots and blemishes we absolutely love SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense Serum).

Different primers can be used on the faceeyeslips, and even lashes. Choosing your primer really depends on your makeup focus and beauty goals.

What are the Benefits of Using a Face Primer?

Face primers have the most variation of them all. There's a primer for every skin type and concern.

Illuminating Primers: Some primers contain glimmering particles to give your skin extra radiance. These products are perfect for adding glow to your makeup base and can even be worn on their own. Consider PUR Cosmetics No Filter Blurring Photography Primer, which helps filter the skin with a light golden sheen.

Mattifying Primers: If you have oily skin, you may want to use a mattifying primer. Such a product helps reduce shine and control sebum. We recommend Estée Lauder Perfecting Primer The Mattifier.

Colour-Correcting Primers: Tinted primers can be used to deal with any discolourations such as red, ashen, or sallow skin. Clinique Superprimer Face Primer comes in varying tints for every skincare concern.

Hydrating Primers: If you suffer from dehydrated skin, add an extra layer of moisture with a special primer. A hydrating primer like RCMA Pre-Foundation Moisture Lotion or Benefit The POREfessional Hydrate Primer will help to freshen and condition the skin.

Pore-Minimising Primers: If you have large pores and an uneven skin tone, consider a primer to help reduce the appearance of pores and allow your makeup to apply smoothly. Benefit POREfessional 22mlis a favourite for many. For a silicone-free version, try Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray.

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What are the Benefits of Using Eye, Lash, and Lip Primers

Each part of your face should be primed in a different way. Using separate eye, lash, and lip primers will help cosmetics last longer and apply easier on the specified area.

  • Eyelid primer keeps eye makeup in place and prevents eye shadow from creasing. Eye Primers are specifically formulated to prep the thinner, oilier skin on the eyelids and magnify vivid shadows.

  • Lash primer often supplies nutrients whilst creating an even base for voluminous lashes. Consider Blinc Lash Primer for a nourishing treatment.

  • Lip primer creates a smooth base for even lipstick application. Colours don't bleed and last longer. We recommend Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Lip Service