It may sound like an extra and cumbersome step in a makeup regime, but a face primer helps the rest of the makeup application easier, so it’s definitely worth the step!
What does a primer do?
A primer helps smooth out your skin so it becomes a better canvas for your foundation to work on. Think about how the wall needs a primer too, before painting it with your favourite colour – same idea. It also helps foundation to stay on longer than if it were on its own. Added benefits? These days, most primers also come with light-diffusing properties that can give your skin a natural glow, and others have technology that helps your pores appear smaller.
How to apply primer?
The easiest (and most common) way is to apply primer all over your face, then apply foundation, and set with powder if your primer and foundation don’t have a mattifying effect. Another way to use a primer, especially if you only want a mid-coverage, is to mix foundation and primer in a 2:1 ratio, and blend it all over your face.
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BEST FINISH: Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer
This promises to lock on your foundation for 15 hours and has an invisible formula – this means that it doesn’t interfere with your foundation. It comes in a stick so you can apply directly onto your skin. Start from the centre of your face and swipe it in an outward motion. Pat on more of the formula using your fingers onto areas that are prone to caking, for instance, the nose or the forehead.
MOST REFRESHING: Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer
This lightweight and oil-free product comes in six different shades to provide you with colour-correcting benefits (e.g. apply green to get rid of redness). It also has a transparent one for general use. This product helps to nourish skin and diffuse any visible lines. Created for makeup artists who have to work on camera-facing clients, this is definitely the primer to use, if you think you’re going to receive a lot of photo-taking opportunities.
MOST AFFORDABLE: L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer
In a jar, pick up some of the product and warm up the formula with your fingers. This works especially well in concealing your pores, so apply more on affected areas. This is also good in creating a surface that’s smooth to touch. Apply it onto areas where there is more oil too.