Face primer is the cornerstone of beautiful, long-lasting makeup. The product may seem unimportant, remaining transparent under a layer of foundation, but it often proves to be the difference between an average and superior face of makeup. Smoothing the face’s skin is one of its two main purposes, and the application of primer can make a world of difference in the appearance of fine lines and large pores. The second advantage of primer is its ability to improve the staying power of foundation, thus prolonging the wear of your makeup.
Different varieties of primer are also geared towards people suffering from specific skin issues, including the reduction of acne and the ability to shrink pores and reduce fine lines, even after the primer is washed off. Some brands also sell moisturizing primers for users who struggle with dry skin, or sun blocking primers for those users who want better protection from UV rays. Finding a primer that works well with a certain skin type is easy with all the options available today.
To apply primer correctly, the user should begin with a clean, moisturized face. Washing the face will reduce the risk of acne and other flaws, and sufficient moisturization will keep the skin healthy and provide a better surface to apply primer to. Once the face is ready, a small amount of primer (a drop the size of a pea) can be applied using clean hands or a new sponge applicator. Spread a very thin layer over the face, concentrating on areas with more enlarged pores and fine lines. Once the the face is completely covered and the primer has had a few seconds to set, users can continue with their usual makeup routine, applying their foundation, cover up, blush, etc. Before the wearer goes to sleep, all makeup, including the primer, should be removed using a non-comedogenic makeup remover or face wash.
For faster makeup application, primer and liquid foundation can be mixed together. Both products still retain their skin-evening properties, and the primer will help the foundation go on smoother. This is best achieved with products of the same brand, as they are the most compatible. Those hoping to achieve a more natural makeup look can forgo foundation altogether, relying on the primer to provide a smooth skin texture. Tinted primer can also serve this purpose and can reduce redness, brighten, and add glow to skin.
Face primer can be used on the lips, to reduce the bleeding of lipstick into fine lines, and eyelids, to reduce the effect of creasing on eyeshadows and prevent the smudging of liner, though there are primers on the market specifically for lips and eyelids. Some people even use eyelash primer to improve the appearance of their mascara, or body primer to create a smooth skin texture over larger areas, like the shoulders and chest. Wherever you use it, its ability to fill in wrinkles and pores and provide long-lasting wear make it a must in any makeup user’s cosmetic bag.