Wondering what is a face primer and what it does? Often a skipped over step in our beauty rituals, primers actually have a lot of benefits you might be missing out on. A primer makes a huge difference in the look and wear of your makeup. If you’re dealing with smudging, creasing, or disappearing foundation throughout the day, add a face primer to your morning product lineup and you’ll notice the benefits instantly.
OK, so first up, what is primer? Like an IG filter, but make it IRL. Face primers prep skin ready for smooth foundation application. Think of your skin and makeup like canvas and paint. You can apply paint directly to your canvas/skin, but priming it first increases the longevity of your work and makes the surface easier to work on, so you won't have to use as much paint aka foundation. And, less foundation makes for a more natural second-skin finish. It’s a win-win situation.
But the benefits to adding a primer to your makeup kit don’t end there. Primers can also target specific skin concerns such as oily or dry skin, helping to mattify, blur, illuminate, or smooth, depending on which formulation your skin needs. Reducing the appearance of pores and hyperpigmentation, filling fine lines, color-correcting, and protecting skin from damaging free radicals, finding the right primer for your skin’s needs will be a game-changer.
Primer fills in fine lines and blurs imperfections, and with a smooth, even surface, your products will apply more easily. Since you’ll need to use less makeup to get the same coverage, you will save on product and pennies in the long run. Plus, primers creates superior surface adhesion, so your makeup stays in place and lasts longer, especially in extreme weather temperatures and conditions. Hot and humid in the summer or cold and dry in the winter, primer is going to be your new BFF.
Absolutely! A good primer can make all the difference to the smoothness and evenness of your complexion. If you’re looking to achieve a super natural, your-skin-but-better look, adding a primer will be your go-to.
We recommend using a dome shape brush, but you can also use finger or even a makeup blender sponge depending on your preference Applying primer with your fingers will help warm the product so it melts into your skin. If you’re using a sponge, spritz it with a hydrating mist first then stipple the primer onto your complexion.
Yes, for minimalist makeup days or if that’s just your general vibe, you can use a primer without makeup as skincare-makeup hybrid. Perfect for your no-makeup-makeup look, adding a tinted primer after your skincare and heading out for the day will give you a smoothed complexion, with flexible and customizable coverage, while neutralizing any unwanted color issues or blemishes.
And, if you’re using a tinted primer with SPF that will also help protect your skin from premature aging caused by free radical damage. If your primer doesn’t have SPF in it, be sure to add it after you moisturize and before you add your primer.
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