Monday, June 14, 2021

Primer? Yes or No?

If you read enough about foundations and make up you'll see that it is often recommended that one use a primer before applying the foundation.  Is primer really needed?  Especially if it is a hot day.  

Lets start with what a primer is.  A primer is something that is put on underneath everything to create a smooth base that helps keep all the make up on all day long. 

In addition, using a primer can reduce the amount of foundations and other products used on the face. It forms a barrier between your face and the other products.  

Specifically face primer will smooth out any pores in the skin, prevents too much shine, and there is a primer available for every type of skin and just about every problem.  In addition, one can use a primer that hydrates, smooths and illuminates all in one.  

When you go out to buy a primer, make sure you buy the proper one.  Primers come in many different forms.  If your skin is oily, look for a matte primer that contains silicon because it provides a barrier to keep the oil away from your makeup.

For dry skin, pick up a hydrating primer that contains hyaluronic acid or antioxidants to help moisturize the skin and keep it in good shape.  On the other hand, if you have significant redness in your skin or your skin is extremely sallow, choose a color correcting primer to help counteract these so your skin appears more normal.  If you are older, you might look at a blurring primer because it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles thus making you look younger.  

Furthermore, primers have been created to help with other areas.  If your eye shadow will not stay on for the whole day, invest in a primer designed especially for eyes.  Eye primer can correct color of the eyelid, smooth it, nourish it, and keep the eyelids natural oils from seeping through so your eye shadow lasts longer.  There is also a mascara primer to help the curl stay longer while adding volume and length.

If your lipstick tends to bleed, try using a lip primer. A lip primer makes the lips smoother so the lipstick won't bleed, hold the color longer, and can help nude lips if you don't want to wear lipstick.  Finally, is a nail primer for your nails so the base coat helps the polish stick more evenly and longer. 

Face primer is quite easy to use.  After you using your moisturizer, allow it to be absorbed for a few minutes before applying the face primer either with your fingers or with a makeup sponge. start at the center of your face, working outward until you have your whole face covered and let it dry for a couple of minutes before you apply your foundation.  Finish your face as normal but make sure your primer goes with your foundation so if you use a silicon primer, make sure the foundation is also silicon based.

To apply your eye primer, apply it either with your finger, a sponge, or a brush on the eye lid. Eye shadow primer comes in many different colors but white is often used to make shadow colors more vibrant. Apply the primer to the eyelid and let it dry a bit before applying eye shadow.  When applying the eye primer, make sure you apply it to the entire lid from the lashes to the top of the lid and make sure it is smoothed and blended well.  

When you use mascara primer, curl your lashes first, then apply the primer from the base of your lashes to the tips and apply the mascara itself before the primer has a chance to dry so do one eye at a time.  Lip primer may be applied with a wand or squeeze tube or with a finger from a pot.  

The general rule on primers is if you have great skin and makeup stays on by itself all day, you may not need it but primers can help your make up stay on better and longer when its hot out or if you need a bit extra help.  I tried wearing mascara during the winter up here in Alaska but my lashes kept ending up with ice crystals and my mascara dripped off when I warmed up.  I'm thinking that the mascara primer might have helped my mascara last through low temperatures.  Let me know what your are thinking, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

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