What is a foundation primer? Primers are a base product used to create a barrier between your skin and the product you’re about to apply. Primers come in multiple forms. Foundation primer, eye shadow primer, primer for your mascara. Even the base coat you apply to your nails before nail polish would be considered a primer.
What are the benefits of using a foundation primer? - You can create your desired skin texture. - Encourages make up to last longer. - Even out skin tone. - Combat issues you may have when applying foundation in particular. For example: brightening primers for dull skin & calming primers for red, inflamed skin.
- Makes foundation application smoother.
What is the best way to apply primer? This all depends on the formula and what area you’re applying it to. I love using a buffing brush or just my hands to apply. I think this all comes down to personal preference, but massaging the product into your face is a pleasant, somewhat relaxing experience.
Do I have to wait for primer to 'set' before applying my foundation over the top?
If you're using a liquid primer I would definitely recommend waiting up to a minute for it to set. You'll have a slightly damp feeling on your skin upon first application so once that feeling has disappeared you're good to go!
What factors determine which primer I should use?
Skin type: if you have oily skin there are primers on the market to help soak up some of that oil so that your foundation can last longer. If your skin is dry, you can find a moisturizing primer so that your foundation doesn't settle into any dry areas on your skin. If your skin is a combination, you could use an oil control primer in your oily areas and a moisturizing primer in your dry areas. There's nothing wrong with using two! If you have normal skin - the world of primers is your oyster!
Skin tone: I'm not big on 'colour correcting' however using coloured primers can have their benefits. If you have particularly red skin you can find a green based primer to counteract that redness. This is really helpful if you suffer from acne or rosacea.
There are also purple based primers for sallow skin or pink based for giving the skin a brighter look to it.
Skin goals: If you want a brighter, glowing, dewy, matte, long lasting, less wrinkled (looking), sun protected, flawless, pore-less base, there's a primer for it.
Do I have to use a primer?
The short answer is no. You don't have to do anything! However, you might want to try one that caters to your skin before making that decision. Primers are popular for a good reason!
Here are some of my favourite primers, but I'll go into them in more detail in another post...
Is there anything else you'd like to know about primers? Please feel free to leave your questions below!
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