by Deborah Spalla
If you haven’t been using makeup primer, then you’re really missing out.
Makeup primer is a base for foundation or face makeup that allows it to go on smoother and last longer.
Whether you wear a full face of makeup everyday or you prefer to keep it simple with BB cream and tinted lip balm, makeup primer is a godsend when trying to combat shine or create a smooth base for foundation.
Many people often skip this step because they believe they don’t really need it, are unsure of how to use it or don’t think it’s worth the investment. However, using primer underneath your makeup will make everything last longer, whether that’s on your skin or in your cosmetics bag.
Formulas are available in cream, gel and powder. While moisturizer softens skin, primer prepares skin for your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation, giving it something to hold onto so it lasts throughout the day.
Many makeup primers are formulated with silicone-based polymers like dimethicone because of their ultra-smoothing effects. Makeup primers can also help smooth any fine lines, wrinkles or large pores. Primers are even available just for your eyelids to prevent creasing. But for those who struggle with cystic acne and other skin conditions, do a patch test or check with a medical professional before use, as there have been reports of allergic reactions to dimethicone.
Primer is a life-saver for getting your makeup to stay-put in extreme weather.
If you live, visit or plan on traveling anywhere that experiences hot and humid or cold and dry temperatures, having a primer handy will help your makeup wear longer. However, primer can be used year-round. No matter what the weather is like outside, this extra step will save you a lot of time and effort.Primer can even be worn on its own.
Love the fresh no-makeup look but want to look a bit more polished than when you first woke up? Primer is your answer. The product can be worn on your eyelids and double as a light eyeshadow, or it can serve as a lighter alternative to foundation.