The Importance of Makeup Primer

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Off late primers have been in focus and for good reason. But there still are good chunk of people who do not really understand the real purpose of the primer in makeup and why and how to use makeup primer. Many of us do not own a primer, many skip the step thinking its unimportant and many simply avoid unsure of how to use it. Like every product in makeup, primer, too has a purpose, and a very noble one indeed.

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

Primers come in silky cream and gel form. These can be tinted or colourless. There are primers for face and primers for eyes. But majority of face primers are tinted and can be matched with the skin tone/colour. Eye primers may or may not be tinted. The products’ job is to give your skin a smooth, flawless finish and to make the makeup last. Face primers cover the large and visible pores giving the skin a polished feel and making the skin look even toned. Eye primer act as base for eyeshadow, helping it set and stay on. It also gives better colour pay off. Some cosmetic companies even offer makeup primer for oily skin, dry skin and combination skin. You can pick the best primer for your skin type.

When to use makeup 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 the area which are oily and doesn’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.

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