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Primers for all skin types

by TRACEY LENNARD Sunday, April 9 2017

There are so many different makeup primers on the market nowadays. What do they do? How do you use them? Who can use them? Today, we will break down the differences between the various types, and clarify their purposes.

There was a time when primers only came in cream or gel form. Nowadays, there are priming mists, priming water, serums and oils too.

And there are many benefits of using these primers.

They can blur the appearance of enlarged pores or skin texture.

Particularly if you have oily skin, priming can help to combat the secretion of oil and sweat, which is the main culprit in causing your makeup to slide off. They can also combat dryness and texture, treat acne, diffuse fine lines and soften wrinkles.

Since it can treat all major makeup concerns, priming can actually extend the wear of your makeup and create a more flawless overall finish on the skin.

Some people ask, “Why can’t I just use a moisturiser instead of a primer?” Moisturiser is meant to be absorbed by the skin.

It’s supposed to treat, plump and protect the skin.

Primer is meant to sit on top of the skin, and create a layer between your skin and your makeup. If you rub your eyes or nose, prop your chin on your hands, subconsciously rub your temples when you’re stressed, your makeup can tend to fade in those areas of your face. Priming creates a sticky layer that gives your makeup something to adhere to, reducing the chance of it smearing or sliding off.

So how do you use it? It’s easy to incorporate primer into your beauty routine. You simply moisturise your skin and wait a few minutes for that to be absorbed. You can do your eyebrows while you wait. Follow with your face primer of choice, dabbing it onto the areas that need it, and blending with clean fingers, a brush or a makeup sponge. Give it a few minutes to dry down on the skin. You can complete your eyeshadow while you wait.

It should be noted that less is more when it comes to primer. If you apply too much, it can create a cakey or muddy effect. Once your primer has dried down a bit, follow with your face makeup: foundation, concealer and powder, blush, bronzer, highlight or contour; whatever your heart desires. If done correctly, you should have a smooth, long-lasting makeup look that requires minimal to no touching up.

As I mentioned, there are many great primers on the market nowadays, and I happen to have quite a few recommendations. A pretty well known makeup primer is Hourglass’ Veil Mineral Primer, which is suited to all skin types. It creates a water resistant base for your makeup, so you will find that sweat and tears will bead up and simply roll off the skin, without disturbing your makeup. This works best if you smooth a light layer of if onto the skin using clean hands.

If your skin tends to dry out throughout the day, causing your makeup to crack or cake up, boost your skin’s hydration with a primer such as ELF’s Hydrating Primer, or a priming oil such as Farsali’s Rose Gold Elixir or Smashbox’s Primer Oil. For these, you’ll want to pat and press the primer or oil onto the skin, since rubbing might irritate your dry patches, making them more apparent.

If you have normal to combination skin, and simply want your foundation to apply more flawlessly, a priming serum such as Farsli’s Unicorn Essence, which is oil-free will do the trick.

If you have extremely oily skin and find that your makeup slides off throughout the day, you will benefit greatly from Becca’s Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. Dab a pea-sized bead of primer on your oiliest areas or areas with enlarged pores, and using clean fingers, press the primer into the skin. It will instantly mattify your skin and blur the appearance of your pores.

All skin types can benefit from primer waters, such as Smashbox’s Photo Finish Priming Water or Skindinavia’s Makeup Primer Spray. For an affordable alternative, Rosewater and Glycerin will be a great introduction into the world priming water. I particularly like priming water because it is usually free of silicones, which can be pore clogging, particularly to those with acne-prone or sensitive skin. You can also use it throughout the day to refresh your makeup.

Tip: keep your priming water in the fridge for a refreshing skin treat.



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