Why You Should Use Makeup Primer

Looking to achieve that flawless complexion but just don’t seem to be able to do this with cover up and foundation alone? What you may then need is makeup primer.

Makeup primer is a beauty tool that allows you to smooth out those fine lines that may otherwise be accentuated by the application of foundation and cover up. If you’re tired of those fine lines around your lips or eyes, a makeup primer will take care of those. A makeup primer will also increase the longevity of your makeup!

Most makeup primers are made up of different waxes, silicones, and polymers. These ingredients help to both fill in the fine lines as well as “bond” your makeup to your face.

TIP: If you’re looking for a more natural makeup primer, some women swear by using Milk of Magnesia.

You can find makeup primers in various tints and shades to match your skin tone, or you may opt for a clear makeup primer. If you use foundation on a regular basis, you may wish to opt for a clear primer. Otherwise, choose a tinted primer. A tinted primer will also be able to help conceal lighter blemishes, such as age spots and freckles.

Some other benefits to using a makeup primer include:

  • They nourish and hydrate the skin without blocking your pores
  • Make up primers are usable by most women of any skin type
  • Makeup primers both reduce skin inflammation and redness
  • Primers help block the skin’s natural oils, thus reducing shine and oiliness
  • Makeup primers often contain SPF15 or higher, which helps protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays
  • If you have enlarged pores, a makeup primer will help reduce their appearance
  • Can conceal facial scars, such as acne “pock” marks

So how does one “prime” their skin for a makeup prime? Start off by thoroughly cleansing, toning, and moisturizing your face as you typically would. Once the moisturizer has sunk into the skin, begin applying the primer in smooth, circular upwards motion. Take particular care around your eye area. Then, allow a few minutes to pass before applying your foundation.

Alternatively, if you are using the less common spray-on primer, apply the spray-on primer after your foundation has been put on and has dried. Allow the primer to dry after it has been sprayed onto your foundation. Try dabbing the primer with a moist makeup sponge to help blend it in with your foundation.

There are some women who should not try using a makeup primer. For any women with skin or contact dermatitis (such as eczema), skin allergies, or tiny under eye cysts (milia) a makeup primer may not be for you. While most skin primers are also non-comedogenic, for anyone with oily or sensitive skin it is important that only primers that are oil-free be used.

If you have any concerns about using a makeup primer and how it may react on your skin, feel free to try a primer out at the store or ask for a free sample.