A primer is a product to use for your skin care but before your makeup. They often contain silicone’s and settles like a film over the skin. The word “Prime“ comes from English language and means to prepare. It simply prepares the skin for the following makeup by giving it a smooth surface.
A primer will help to even out your face, so that the result of your foundation will be as perfect as possible. It also gives a glow to your face and gets your foundation to sit better. Apply primer where you think it is, needed such as the nose, around the nose, between the eyebrows, forehead and chin.
It reduces redness, makes pores appear smaller and gives a nice glow. It not only provides a beautiful skin, it also ensures that your foundation adheres better and lasts longer. Primers often contain silicone to make them easy to apply. Common ingredients are light reflecting pigments that minimize pores and fine lines.
Why we use them?
Primers are something we hear about everywhere. We can talk about wall painting and makeup in a similar way. This beautiful thing does actually the same task: to get the paint to adhere better.
When we talk about makeup, there are primers for eyes and face. They are to be, used just for the eyes and face. A face primer does not work on the eyes, and an eye prime would be far too expensive and run-out at one time if you would use it on the face. They contain different substances that work in different ways to get your makeup to sit better.
A face-primer is applied after your moisturizer and before your foundation. This type of primer often reduces your pores, refines lines if you have any, and make the skin smoother so that your base stays fine during the day. There are also creams that are both moisturizer and primer in one.
With and without Primer- Comparison
Eye primer has the function to keep eye shadow in place all day, but that it should lie in the crease or fold on the cheek for half the day. It also lets you get the same color on the lid as the shade you buy, and that shadow will be smooth and nice when you put it on. It is a base for powder and foundation on the eyelid.
You will need to apply small amount of it for the eye shadows to stay good. Otherwise, the shadow will start creasing. However, sometimes a separate eye primer is not required if you are not facing any major issues such as very dark circles or eye bags.
You can apply it as a day cream and before foundation, BB or CC cream, depending on which you prefer.
Magic of Primer… Yes or No?
If you are one of those people, who have seen primer on the makeup counter, but never really considered it necessary. You are not alone!
Many people thought they did not need the extra cost of a primer, until they had tried it. Here are ten reasons why you might want to think about using it for a glowing YOU:
It helps makeup to go smoother
This makes your whole makeup look much smudged. Apply it and you will see that you get an almost velvety softness to your makeup. This softness; you do not want to be without it again.
Your pores are invisible!
One of the biggest advantages of the primer is that it can completely hide your pores. No matter how small your pores are, liquid foundation alone can actually make them more visible, but the this magical being seals them completely.
Makeup lasts longer!
They help to stop sweat from your pores and thus will help to make your makeup last longer. This alone is a good enough reason to use one! A fresh you ALWAYS!
Now, it also helps to reduce gland secretions. They can absorbs oil, so if your skin becomes oily during the day, it will not be as visible as it would if you had not used the magic we quote!
Evens your skin tone
You can buy types, which, are specifically designed to smooth skin tones, even before you put on another layer of makeup. For example, they are available in many colors. You try a purple tinted-one, to cancel out yellow tones, and others, such as a green-tinted, to neutralize redness.
You look younger
TRUST US! As your skin looks much younger with constant use. It gives the skin a smooth appearance and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You also get silky-soft, fun isn’t it?
Acne Spots Are Down!
Although primers do not fight the acne itself, they help to reduce the redness. It is much better at hiding the appearance of acne than a concealer alone, and is a lot more subtle too.
Brightens up your skin
Depending on the type you choose, primers also brighten up your face before applying any highlighter. You can buy the ones that have light-reflecting pigments that light up any complexion. Speak to our experts; about it and how to add them to your beauty collection.
The more hydrated YOU!
You should still use a moisturizer, but the primers will make your skin look and feel more hydrated. Many of these will also contain moisturizing ingredients that will help to safe your facial skin from dehydration during the day.
Easy to apply
Yes, it is another step in your makeup regime, but it is dead-easy. You can apply the primer in the same way as you would apply a lotion. Therefore, it does not take long, but it can make a big difference.
2 Reasons why you should use an eye primer
The use of a primer before you add a stylish base and eye shadow is super important! 3 things that can make an eye primer important:
Strengthens your make up shades
A primer is partly to enhance the color of your makeup. If you are, found with a primer before applying an eye shadow color will be, enhanced and shimmer in a completely different way. If you do not care about the product, the result is rather easy colorless.
Provides extra luster
Just like a primer base for your foundation and your powder gets your skin an extra shine and luster. The same applies with eye shadow primer, you will undoubtedly get a better looking and shimmery eye make.
Remember, not all the of them work in the same effective manner on your skin. Sometimes you have to try a few before you find your favorite.
How to use a primer in an effective way?
This extra ordinary stuff is important for you to be successful with a stylish makeup.
The product can be, easily used to tell the difference between success and failure. Primer stipulates plane, smoother and more long-lasting results.
They are available in many different varieties. There are primers for different skin types and for different problem areas.
Regardless of the primer you choose, all have a common denominator – that evens-out and ensures that the base sits all day. We mostly prefer to use fingers, but also brush and sponge is fine to apply. You do not need brushes or sponges to apply; the best is to use your fingertips.
The primer is the basis for substrate and used after moisturizer and before foundation. For a more natural look, use before the day cream had time to dry properly. If you are blessed with smooth skin and do not want to apply on the entire face, concentrate on places where your foundation has a tendency to disappear. These can be the oilier T-zone for example.
They are generally available for all skin types.
We have collected tips and tricks for you to succeed with your makeup base. Follow these simple steps to your perfect primer application:
First, apply your moisturizer or moisture. Let it sink in. You can continue using your own moisturizer or use a primer with moisturizer as well. Today there is a plethora of different variants: Primer carpeting down oily skin, those that give shine and moisture to dry skin, color correcting for you with redness – among other things. If you have many visible blood vessels on the eyelids then use colored primers that also functions as a light concealers.
Now, apply your primer all over the face, in the T-zone or “problem area”. Use your fingertips or a foundation brush. We recommend applying the primer with your fingers, the warmth of your fingers will help it to melt into the skin in a natural way. Primers are often very hefty so you do not need much. You can decide for yourself if you want to use primer all over the face or spot apply it where you need. Massage the primer in the face using light, circular movements. The longer you work in, the better the result.
To get more even and sustainable results, use it every day. But don’t include it in your morning routine. Thus, it is a must when going to a party so the makeup lasts all evening.
“Less is more” is a good rule of thumb here. If you have too much primer on the face, it can be heavy on the skin.
Then we come to a step that is optional, but a very important step for all of us who have red or blue portions of the skin. Now we will use the so-called “corrector”. This is a concealer. Choose a concealer according to your skin tone. Apply it under your eyes and on imperfections.
Remember never to dip the applicator back in the vessel after touching your acne. Try to use your fingers. Blend the concealer with a brush at the end if needed.
Talk to our experts for concealer selection. They can help you select the best concealer.
Here and now, your skin is ready for the foundation!
What kind should you use?
The answer of your question lies in your skin. What are your skin needs? There are different kinds of primers, such as mattifying for those with oily skin, color correcting and anti-aging primers. There are also those who give a fine finish without being focused on something special. These are general primer varieties.
How can you choose the best?
Makeup primers are, designed, to create a protective barrier between the skin and makeup used. It allows the makeup to adhere better to the skin. Choosing the best foundation primer will depend on the type of skin you have. The selection should also take in account any pre-existing conditions that may affect the skin, for example pigmentation or Acne.
Please note the design and formula of the primer. In order to combat the dryness that is usually associated with mature skin, we suggest getting a hydrating and moisturizing primer. On the other hand, it should be able to control sebum production in oilier skin types. Different packaging will also have advantages and disadvantages accordingly.
Gel-based primers are generally favorable towards combating excessive sebum on the skin surface. Choose the best foundation primer for oily skin can be difficult. If the primer is for plasticizer, then it will only contribute to the oily appearance. Primers are not moisturizing enough; they will only cause your body to create more sebum. Primers, which are gel-based, will offer extensive coverage while still allowing the skin to breathe.
Cream- based Primers
A cream will be the best foundation primer base for dry skin. If dryness is a problem, make sure that the ingredients listed on the back include glycerin, hydrolyzed protein, or a kind of natural emollient like cocoa butter or jojoba oil.
Upon selecting the best foundation primer to dry skin, the product should have humectant properties, which bind the ambient moisture and increase the moisture content at the skin surface.
Color Corrective primers
It is a primer with color. Contrasting colors cancel each other out. If you have red-pigmented cheeks you would want to tone it down, for this, you can use a greenish primer. It is not green on the skin, but when it is placed over the red, mixes together to make beige/nude.
Some makeup primers will come in corrective color. Our experts can help you select the best shade primer. Contact us for more detailed and personalized response.
If you suffer from hyper-pigmentation or scarring on the face, you should select a neutralizing color. Red, irritated pimples can be neutralized with a green-colored primer. While yellow-tinted primers neutralize the purple hues usually associated with under-eye circles. Pink and iridescent shades can highlight areas of the face to offset weary shadows.
A foundation primer can help create a smooth canvas for makeup products. The one with yellowish undertones is best to hide dark circles.
Choosing the best foundation primer will also require careful consideration of the packaging. Some primers come in a spray form, allowing for practical application. Makeup primers come in a pallet with many corrective colors, allowing for coverage that is more comprehensive. Also, consider your application method.
It also helps partly to keep makeup in place throughout the day and depending on the type of primer you choose can either help abrade your skin and smooth the imperfections such as acne scars, large pores and small pimples or give your skin a little extra luster (good for dry and mature skin).
Uneven skin, skin that suffers from lighter form of acne or pigmented skin it is best to choose a silicone-based primer.
The silicone helps not only to mat the skin but it also fills again uneven and bumpy skin. However, we would point out that no product in the world can make your skin smooth as a baby-butt. No matter what the commercials say, you cannot. With the makeup, we mostly correct irregularities in color, for example, we remove the redness of pimples, blue circles under the eyes, etc.
Our experts come across many who suffer from breakouts (especially young girls feel bad about their acne) to be able to smooth the skin with makeup. It is not possible hundred percent but silicone-based primer can help to smooth the skin slightly and it often gives a silky finish.
It is also important to choose a primer that can barely be felt or appear on the skin. You should have as little product on the skin that you hardly believe that there is something, because if you apply too thick primer, your foundation just starts rolling in. It will not be able to adhere properly to the skin if you have a huge stock of primer in between.
10 things you did not know about makeup primer
Some girls shun primer thinking that it would cake-up the overall makeup of the face and prevent the skin from breathing, but it is actually not true. At least not these days.
Professional makeup artists including our experts swear by the primer and think to miss it when applying makeup is a mistake. Here is why.
It regulates oil production
Applying primer before foundation and everything else helps control the production of sebum, the oily substance that the skin glands. This in return helps makeup unchanged for a long time and, simply put, makes you look better.
It makes the skin evener
Imagine a blank canvas that an artist will paint his masterpiece. This must be smooth and easy to work with, so the artist could bring his vision to life in the best possible way. It is the same for the primer. It makes your skin smoother to fill up fine lines and wrinkles, which then makes it easier to apply real make-up on.
Moisturizes the skin
Yes, it does. It does not damage the normal hydration of the skin; it actually helps to maintain it. Primers contain silicon, which literally captures the moisture in the skin by pulling your pores, and not make it possible to fly. Moreover, a primer helps protect the skin from certain potentially harmful ingredients in makeup you put on.
Helps with acne
Given that, the purpose of the primers is, to effectively build a barrier between your skin and your makeup. It is no surprise that, this barrier helps, to deal with acne and other skin problems. If your skin is very sensitive, even the most hypoallergenic makeup can irritate it. With a primer, this problem disappears.
Makes your eye shadow lighter
There are specific primers for your eyes, on the one hand, does the same job as the face primers, to make the makeup last longer. They also help paint stand by. However, that these two types of primer are not interchangeable – one is for the face and the other for the eyes.
Makes your skin softer
Primers soften the skin, in addition to making it look younger. Silicon, remember? That is not all – the primer will also help you with any redness due to a skin irritation, as it contains pore minimizing agents. In other words, you can use it as a treatment, not only as a makeup base.
It comes in tinted versions
Although most of the primers are neutral color and therefore used on any skin color, there are also tinted versions that help with some skin problems, such as pale cheeks, a dull color or red pigmentation. Red shades are for dull skin, purple is for pale and green, yes green, for the redness.
Functions on mascara
There are primers for each part of your face that you put make-up, including mascara. It works the same way as the other types – which makes mascara more durable and looks better. Apply before putting mascara on and forget about touch ups.
You do not need piles of the product
A major advantage of the primers is that they have amazing coverage. You do not rub them with your palms, only a few drops are quite enough for the whole face. Just apply a thin layer to get the smoothest canvas look.
Reduces the amount of makeup you need
Considering all the benefits of primers listed so far, we only listed the logical facts. With everything a primer does to your skin; you can comfortably cut the amount of foundation and other products you use in your makeup regime. You simply cannot do too much with a primer.
Nivea After shave as a primer?
But! Nivea Aftershave? Yes, you read that right. This makeup “trend” comes from YouTube star Nikki tutorials. This is going viral these days. In her clip, she tells the story of how she accidentally found a DIY solution that actually works.
Search only such product on YouTube and hundreds of videos coming up. Internet is ecstatic and our experts reviewed it as well.
The reason why this product functions as a primer is that it contains large amounts of glycerin. This substance, in turn, has the ability to get products / substances to attach themselves to it. The major reason you would choose a primer.
If you tested this, how did you feel about the result? Share your make-up experiments with our experts.
REMEMBER! You are beautiful!