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When you are finding your feet with makeup, the first few things that come to mind are lipstick, eyeshadow, eyeliner, contour kits, etc. But makeup primer is often something
thought about at the last minute but that’s about to change! Contrary to popular belief, many people do not know what primer is and how it works. The same can be said for a foundation. Making decisions about makeup is important so here are a few tips on how choosing the correct products can change your life. But first, what is primer?
What is primer? And how does it work?
Primer is a product you apply to your face right after your skincare routine and before you apply your makeup - foundation, concealer, etc. There are different kinds of primers with some acting as a sunscreen that protects your skin, a serum that boosts hydration, and more traditional ones that are silicone-based that smooth out any kinks. Newer primers also brighten the face, fade fine lines and wrinkles, and target acne. So, do you need a primer? It does depend on how happy you are with the overall look and feel of your face after you’ve applied your makeup but if something is missing or off then definitely get a primer.
How to apply it
This depends on what works for you. The easiest way to apply primer is by using your fingers. This works well to blend everything and to get a kink-free finish. If you prefer, you can use a beauty blender sponge but not a makeup brush as it will just drag the primer all over your face. Pro tip: always use small amounts of primer at all times, it makes it easier to blend and gives a smoother finish. Additionally, wait a few minutes for your primer to set before applying your foundation.
What primer works best for me?
Simple, primer is not a one size fits all. It is important to figure out what you need from your primer before purchasing one. Do you want more radiant-looking skin or to reduce the appearance of fine lines? Well, for radiance, a color correcting primer will work. For fine lines and wrinkles, you’ll want something with a more smoothing effect.
What is the difference between primer, concealer, and foundation?
Primer: This is used to help makeup stick onto your face better and last longer. Concealer and foundation are applied on top of your primer-ready face.
Concealer: Simply put, concealer is applied to cover up any spots or blemishes. Concealer is usually applied only where the spots are showing but can be used on the entire face if you so choose. You must choose a concealer that suits your skin type. It is available in both powder and gel form.
Foundation: Mainly used to give the skin an even tone, the foundation is spread across the face evenly, and thereafter makeup is applied. The great thing is that there are various forms to choose from; water base, gel base, and the one we are focusing on, powder base.
What is a powder-based foundation?
Made up of pigments and minerals, powder foundation is applied to your face using a powder makeup brush. The ideal way to apply powder foundation is to take your time and do it carefully because when applied correctly, you can iron out all the kinks for maximum coverage. If you apply it lightly, your skin will not look cakey but rather smooth and clear. This is a great choice for anyone with oily skin.
Primer and powder foundation
There are many benefits to applying primer before your foundation. If we look at summer, just wearing makeup can turn into a hot sweaty mess but using a primer before applying your foundation will greatly reduce this. The matte finish helps to soak up all the excess oil, which gives a long-lasting effect. If we think about it, the primer acts as a shield and the foundation as an extra layer to back up the primer shield. Now no one wants a cakey makeup face and using both a primer and foundation will give your face a flawless look.
How many of you feel that applying a primer before the foundation is only for people with oily skin? This is simply not true. The trick is to remember what works for your skin and apply it accordingly. If you are still unsure of what works and how to apply primer and foundation, below is an easy step-by-step guide to applying a full face of makeup.
Step 1: Never, ever apply makeup to your face if it has not been cleaned. Always first follow your usual cleansing routine that includes a face wash and toner.
Step 2: Moisturize your skin. We cannot stress how important this is. If you have not been doing this, get into a habit now and ensure your skin is hydrated daily.
Step 3: Prepare your skin. Apply your primer and smooth out any kinks to allow for a flawless radiance.
Step 4: Foundation phase. If you are looking for that great complexion, with the foundation you will get just that. Just remember to use the correct makeup brush when applying your foundation.
Step 5: Now it is time to touch up your complexion with concealer. A foolproof way to mask any of the imperfections you might have.
Step 6: Bronzer makes everything alright. Everyone wants a sun-kissed glow, right? With bronzer, you’ll get just that, and it makes for the perfect addition to your glammed-up look.
Step 7: Want some rosy or peachy cheeks? Then apply some blush.
Step 8: Apply your mascara. But make sure not to blink, give yourself at least 5 minutes to let it dry. It can get messy if you are impatient.
Step 9: Color those gorgeous lips. And boom, you are now set with a full, fabulous face of makeup.