All About Makeup Primer




After spending too much time getting ready in the morning, it’s a total bummer if your makeup can’t even last through the day. For the lucky women among us, it might only be a summer problem when the heat is high and the sweat is pouring; for those of us with oily skin, it’s troublesome all year round. Give your look a little boost in the staying power department by using a makeup primer – it’s not just for paint! Read on to learn how primer works, how to apply, and what brands are most loved by MuT members. Plus, let us know in the comments whether you use or primer or not and what your favorite priming product is, too!




What is primer?

Makeup primer is a fairly newer invention in the beauty world; general lore has it that the product wasn’t much around 20 or 30 years ago. Primers help smooth the skin so makeup applies easier. They may work more as a moisturizer, which is perfect for dry skin that needs help covering up the flakes. Other cosmetic primers use silicones or types of acid to soak up access oil, giving the skin a more matte look. This type is perfect for people with skin slicker than an oil spill.


The other great thing about primers? You can find one for almost any part of your face! Think about what problems you most normally run into. If you feel like foundation slides right off, opt for a face primer, but don’t use it on your eye or mouth! Instead, there are special eyelid primers, which keeps eyeshadow and eyeliner from creasing and rubbing off. Or, if you feel like your lipstick is everywhere but your lips, try a lip primer to keep the gloss off your cup and on your mouth.




Application tips

Always read the label for complete instructions, but these steps are generally the same. If you’re using a cream or liquid based face formula, simply squeeze a little bit on the back of your hand and apply to your entire face, making sure to concentration in problem areas, like the cheeks or forehead before applying any makeup. If you’re using a liquid based face formula, most bottle advise spraying the entire face before AND after makeup application. Finally, if you’re using eyelid primer, it’s especially important to wash your hands before application, as the eyes are very sensitive to bacteria. Gently dab – not rub – primer onto the eyelid and allow it to dry fully before adding eyeshadow.




Product recommendations

The best place to research makeup primers has to be MuT’s user-written reviews; you’ll get the skinny on all potential products directly from the beauty aficionados who frequent the site. In my experience, I’ve found the best luck when it comes to fighting my oily face and foundation with Benefit’s POREfessional. The tinted formula adds a boost of coverage and makes my pores look so much smaller. If you’re looking for a good eye primer, you’ll be surprised how well e.l.f.’s Essential Eyelid Primer works, especially knowing you can pick it up for just a dollar! 


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Written by Courtney Brown

MakeupTalk Blogger