Everything You Need to Know About Makeup Primer

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Off late primers have been in focus and for good reason. But there still are a good chunk of people who do not really understand the real purpose of the primer in makeup and why and how to use makeup primers. Many of us do not own a primer or ask simply what is primer when hearing it for the first time. Also, many skip the step thinking it's unimportant and many simply avoid it because they're unsure of how to use it. Like every product in makeup, primer too has a purpose, and a very noble one indeed.

Purpose of Makeup Primer

The main purpose of primer is to smoothen out the skin, making it look more polished and even. Consider it like prepping the skin to create a canvas for the makeup you’ll be putting on your face. Primer fills in the pores, blurs our blemishes, and gives smoothness to the skin. Think of primer as a base which gives the makeup something to adhere to. It protects the skin by acting as a barrier and also helps makeup to last longer

Types of Primer

Now that you have known what is primer and its purpose, you should be familiar with types of primer available and what each has to offer uniquely so that you can find your perfect primer as per your need.


Gel Primer- Gel Primers are ideal for dry skin as the purpose of this primer is to keep the skin hydrated and give smooth finish. Nowadays you get hyaluronic acid and antioxidants in gel primers for more effective results.


Tinted Primer- This type of primer can be either gel or liquid form with touch of tint. Tinted primers are used for having sheer coverage on skin that hides fine lines and wrinkles on the face.


Cream based Primer- The texture of this primer will be creamy that works perfect to give better coverage and blends well while giving you the one shade better pigmentation than tinted ones.


Silicone Primer- This type of primer gives you a smooth canvas like finish skin application. It’s an alternative to water-based primers. It helps your makeup to stay for a longer time.


Eye Primer- There’s primer for eyes as well, as eye makeup requires special application for getting eye makeup done properly. Basically, this primer helps in colour correction of eyelids before applying makeup. 


Lip Primer- Our lips lose the natural colour with time and become pale, to curb this problem, lip primer is applied to prepare the base of applying lipstick. This in turn helps lipstick to stay for a long time and brings the pigment of the shade at best.


Nail Primer-  For all your favourite nail art, you need to apply nail primer before applying nail colour. A layer of nail primer will keep the nail paint protected and will increase the durability of the polish.


How to Choose a Makeup Primer?

Knowing about primer is not just enough when it comes to buying the right primer for yourself. If you are looking for a face primer or makeup primer and confused about how to choose your primer? Follow these guidelines.


Primer makeup selection should be based on two things, skin type and skin tone, therefore it is important to know everything about primer relevant to your skin tone and skin type.


Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, the main concern is to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised. People with dry skin need to try a super hydrating primer that gets absorbed into your skin keeping it hydrated and moisturised. Oil based primer works well too for this type of skin.

Oily Skin

If you have an oily skin, you cannot choose an oil based primer for sure as this type of skin produces extra sebum and hence, you need a mattifying primer that is primer giving you matte finish as it will help the makeup to stay longer.

Combination Skin

Combination type of skin is all about having certain areas of the face as oily and certain as dry. In such cases, you can use a combination of primer for oily skin and primer for dry skin on the respective concerned areas.


Acne-Prone Skin

This type of skin needs primer the most as you deal with oiliness and sensitivity of the skin. Acne prone skin is like ready to breakout anytime, if they are not properly treated. Makeup can sometimes be a threat for acne-prone skin and therefore primer before makeup plays an important role here. One needs to pick up an oil-free primer or gel primer that gets absorbed quickly giving you the smooth and perfect base for makeup.

When to Use a Primer?

  • Using a makeup primer creates a smooth surface and flawless-looking skin. 

  • After the CTM routine, apply the primer followed by foundation or BB Cream.

  • You can even wear the primer alone if you just want to minimize the pores and do not want to layer on makeup. 

  • Just apply primer and set it with fixing powder or compact for a natural look.


How to Use Makeup Primer?

Primer is supposed to be applied on clean and moisturised skin. Always ensure to use a suitable moisturiser before you apply primer. Wait for a few minutes and let the moisturiser seep into the skin before you start to prime it.

  • Use a finger to take a small quantity of product and dot it all over the face or just the areas where you have extra large pores. 

  • These will be the areas which are oily and don't allow makeup to last long. Nose, chin and forehead are the most common problem areas. Large pores are also readily visible on cheeks.

  • Now smooth the primer all over the face and gently work it into the skin using circular motions (as you apply cream or moisturizer). 

  • Do not be harsh and do use too much product. Take the tiniest amount at a time and keep on adding product if required. 

  • Always remember, less is always more when it comes to makeup.

What are the Most Common Primer Mistakes?

Doing your makeup right and making yourself look beautiful can be easier than being able to sustain the makeup for a longer time or through the day. Therefore, primer kicks in here to be the saviour of makeup. Primer gets you ready with perfect canvas like base for you so that your makeup stays longer. Often we make mistakes when we don’t have knowledge of dos and don’ts. Steps in primer application differ as per the kind of product you will be using in your makeup. So here’s a guide for avoiding common Primer mistakes.


  1. Using Wrong Primer- When you don’t have the idea about your skin type and condition and pick a primer based on the results you want can make you commit the mistake of choosing the wrong primer. Therefore, it is important to know your skin condition before picking your primer.


  1. Applying Foundation Immediately After Primer- It’s one of the common mistakes to apply foundation right after primer. Your primer needs a few minutes to settle down on your skin before you get started, as it will ensure you have a smooth base such that products get gilded easily.


  1. Not Using Eye Primer- Eye makeup plays an important role as it is the centre of attention out of the entire face. Often you might have the complaint of eye makeup not staying around for a longer time therefore, one must not skip applying eye primer application before proceeding.


  1. Applying excess or little-  Another common mistake you could do is applying primer in excess or little amount without knowing how much your face needs it to get the job done. Too much of primer will slide your makeup and will interfere with application. Too little primer will make no sense of having primer as it won’t be enough to prepare the base properly.

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How To Use Face Primer For Long Lasting Makeup?

Indeed Primer helps in sustaining make for longer time and one needs to know the way to it. This involves just two steps. First, you need to cleanse your face with good face wash, followed by moisturizer. Once your skin is ready, take a small amount of primer on the back of your hand and using fingertips start blending from centre of nose to outwards until all the areas are covered. Wait for a few minutes for the primer to settle and then you get on with the next step of foundation.

Do Face Primers Really Work?

Face Primer creates a smooth base and texture for perfect makeup application. There are different types of primer as per skin condition, such as hydrating primer for dry skin and mattifying primer for oil based skin. It’s main purpose is to hold the makeup for a longer time and doesn’t allow any fading.  Along with this, it helps in makeup application as it gives base for makeup to perfectly glide over.

What Does Face Primer Do?

Face Primer provides a canvas like base for makeup products in order to have a smooth application. It helps in gliding easily giving you the desired look that can stay for a longer time. It also provides a luminous look and uplifts the skin texture to have added benefits in your entire makeup application.


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