Everything You Can Do With Primer Makeup (Hint: Glowing Skin Included!)

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March 23, 2021

Rachael Grant

Primer makeup is the shared term for al makeup products that optimise the skin for foundation application.  There are many ways you can use primer makeup to get silky skin with long-lasting effects; modern primers are multifunctional and can even solve skin problems such as acne or skin dehydration.

What Type of Primer to Use?

The purpose of the primer is to optimise your skin by subtly filling in all skin imperfections.

Face Primer

Makeup artists use a face primer to create a smooth layer for applying the product that comes next – whether it is a concealer, liquid foundation, or a tinted moisturiser.

Eye Primer

Eye makeup primer is a creamy product that is placed on the eyelids to help eyeshadow or eyeliner last longer and prevent smudging. If you have sensitive or oily skin, anywhere on the face, primer makeup creates a canvas that protects your skin and doesn’t let the beautiful colours budge. Mascara primers are colourless liquids that add lash volume before the black mascara application. Lip primers extend the lasting of lipstick or lipgloss when applied on freshly scrubbed lips.

Body Primer Makeup

Unlike face primers, body primers prepare your skin for sun exposure. Illuminating or hydrating properties of body primers can replace low-key tanning products or be used for pre-tanning prep.

Best Primer Makeup Fixes for Smooth, Silky Skin

Since you can solve multiple skin issues with the right primer makeup, it is important to dedicate some research time to your skin needs and skincare routine. A lightweight illuminating primer is perfect for a simple, low-maintenance routine with plenty of time spent outdoors. If you work under heavy makeup, a camera-worthy look will depend on carefully layering your face with preparatory and decorative products. To avoid the plastered look, you must carefully think about how many products and how much of each product you apply.

Hydrating Primer Makeup

Hydrating primers contain ingredients that prevent dryness from occurring during the day. It ensures flawless makeup application and maintaining the glow of 16-hour-long makeup looks. Common active ingredients in hydrating primer makeup include vitamins A, C, and E, all with antioxidant properties and silk proteins and plant extracts (green tea extract, to name one example).

Before you apply the primer for dry skin, though, you still need to moisturise your skin. The rule of thumb is that the moisturiser is the last step of the skincare routine, while the primer is the first step of the makeup routine.

Illuminating Primer

Skin radiance is a must-have that tops all lists for great makeup looks. The purpose of illuminating primers is to create a sheer layer of glow that adds light and freshness to the foundation base. The primer is used before you apply the foundation layer. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of the radiating primer to a liquid foundation and transform any makeup base you use into a radiating one.

Do I Need a Foundation Primer?

Is applying primer before foundation necessary – the FAQ. Well, you won’t end up on makeup artists’ blacklists. Still, if you compare the precision of makeup looks using a foundation primer, you won’t have any doubts about the irreplaceable effects of primer makeup. For perfect makeup on your eyes or face, you need a primer.

Water-based vs. Silicone-based

It is vital to make a difference between water-based and silicone-based foundation primer. When you shop for a foundation primer, check the label for ingredients. Water-based primer makeup mixes with a water-based foundation. Silicone-based primer makeup blends well with silicone-based foundations. Combining different bases can result in an uneven look.

Best Foundation Primer

To find the best primer makeup, look for label descriptions. Various primers usually have the following tags: oily skin, dry skin, acne-prone skin, mature skin, anti-wrinkle primer, fine lines, and sensitive skin. Other factors to consider are:

  1. Content of your existing makeup bag
  2. Season – winter or summer, spending more time indoors or outdoors
  3. Lifestyle – sporty, business, or glam

Primers have a thinner, serum-like consistency. They have no colour, and you cannot wear them alone. They are not the same as tinted creams. Tinted moisturisers (and BB or CC creams) provide light coverage and foundation. BB creams also include added skincare benefits and UV protection.

How to Apply Primer for Oily Skin in 5 Steps

Dewy, oily skin is the best base for primer makeup. You will notice a significant difference in considerable pore reduction and skin breakouts coverage. For a perfectly matte complexion, you need a gel-based primer that absorbs excess oils and leaves skin smooth for foundation application.

Follow these steps:

  1. Wash and rinse. Scrub before if you have skin impurities that require more in-depth cleaning.
  2. Moisturise. 
  3. Apply primer to all face. Use fingers or a makeup sponge if you are concerned about hygiene. A brush may distribute the product unevenly.
  4. Pay special attention to the problematic T-zone. The area around the forehead, nose, and chin tends to be the first to become shiny throughout the day, so it is important not to miss a spot.
  5. A light touch goes a long way. Use small amounts for best results and to prevent a cakey texture.

Rule number one is that whatever feels good on your face should be your choice for primer makeup.

Avoid the Most Common Primer Mistakes

You cannot go terribly wrong with primer. However, to achieve that flawless look, make sure you don’t make the following mistakes:

  1. Apply the foundation immediately after primer. Wait for at least a minute to let the products absorb into the skin.
  2. Choose the wrong type of primer for your skin. For instance, buy a primer for mature skin if you are fighting acne.
  3. Use the same face primer and eye primer. They come in different consistencies.
  4. Primer-foundation incompatibility. Even if you get the best primer makeup in the world, if it doesn’t blend well with your favourite foundation, you won’t be happy with the final result.

Before finding an appropriate primer, do a small test: get testers and mix them with your current makeup palette. Also, make sure to follow a good primer application routine.

Primer is not for quick touchups or when you are in a hurry; patch-free smooth skin demands patience. Arm yourself with some of it, and you will quickly adopt the primer application skills necessary for fresh, glowing skin while people aks you what’s your secret!

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