Makeup primer is one of the most important parts of your makeup routine.
However some people decide to skip this step.
That’s a mistake.
I will agree that there are some optional parts of makeup but primer is not one of them.
There are a few different options you have when it comes to substitutions.
But just slapping some foundation onto your bare skin is not something I would ever do I don’t think you should do it either.
This post is a crash course in makeup primer and why you need to be using it (:
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What is makeup primer?
A makeup primer is a product that is specifically formulated to create a smooth base for your makeup.
Many of them come is cream form but there are also gel primers and eve spray primers.
There are different kinds of primers and primers that have different finishes just like with foundation.
The type that you choose usually depends on your skin type.
Using a primer will help your makeup last much longer because it will keep your makeup from melting off, sinking into your pores and fine lines and will help it “stick” to your face better.
Some primers also have added benefits like hydration and sun protection.
But not all of them do so it’s important that you do research to determine which one works best for your skin.
Lucky for you, you have this blog post to answer all your questions (:
What does makeup primer do?
Makeup primer does a few things that improve the look of your makeup so I’m going to mention them here.
- Prepares your skin for makeup.
- Smooths out your skin.
- Provides color correction.
- Provides a tiny bit of coverage.
- Gives your makeup something to hold on to throughout the day.
- Fills in wrinkles and pores. prevents creasing.
- Can give some sun protection.
- Adds an extra layer of hydration.
- Soaks up excess oil.
Basically primers are your makeup’s first line of defense against the forces that are conspiring to ruin all your hard work.
Don’t let them defeat you!
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How do you apply makeup primer?
Just like with all makeup products there are a couple of different ways you can apply primer.
The one you choose is an important decision.
It should be based off your skin type.
If you don’t know what your skin type is you can check out my ultimate skin care guide.
If you have dry skin it would be better for you to use your fingers to apply your primer.
The act of rubbing your face and working the product in will cause your skin’s natural oil to be produced.
So your skin won’t feel dry and tight underneath your makeup.
If you have oily skin then it would be better for you to use a brush or a sponge to apply your primer.
Using your fingers would cause you face to produce excess oil that you don’t need or want.
Are there different kinds of makeup primer?
There are a lot of different kinds of makeup primers and they all pretty much do the same thing just for different areas, I’ll list them here:
- Eyeshadow primer.
- Makeup primer (foundation primer).
- Eyelash primer.
- Lip primer.
Now are all of these primers necessary?
No not really, but makeup itself isn’t really necessary.
If you use these primers will it enhance your makeup and make it look better?
So it’s up to you if you want to splurge for these products or not but I recommend trying them out at least once.
Are there substitutions for makeup primer?
Just like with everything in life there are substitutions and this wouldn’t be a complete guide if I didn’t help you out a little bit and tell you about them.
- Melanie Mills Body Gleam Radiance – This is what I prefer to use because it blurs my imperfections and fills in my pores better than any other product that I’ve tried. I actually got this product from SonjdraDeluxe on YouTube.
- Coconut oil – This product could work really well especially if you have dry skin plus coconut oil tends to be pretty cheap.
- Monistat Anti-Chaffing Gel – This might seem like a weird substitution but I promise you it works. This product has a lot of the same ingredients that a lot of primer on the market have so it makes sense that it would work in a similar way.
Any of these options would work great as a primer but remember to take your skin type into consideration.
If you have oily skin, coconut oil probably wouldn’t be a great option for you.
What is the best makeup primer?
There really isn’t a specific brand or primer that’s better than all the rest and works for everyone because everyone’s skin type is different.
Also depending on your makeup goals you might want your primer to do different things but I will give you a list of the few that I’ve tried that I liked and recommend.
- MAC Prep + Prime – This products works pretty well for all skin types so I’ve heard, plus MAC is the OG when it comes to makeup so you can’t really go wrong with this product.
- Rimmel London InstaFlawless – I love this for my dry skin because it gives a little bit of coverage but also it makes the skin look luminous which works for me because dry skin tends to look a little dull.
- Benefit The POREfessional – A great primer for oily skin and if you have larger pores this product will really fill those in because it’s a silicone based formula.
- Fenty Beauty Pro Flt’r Instant Retouch – If you have oily skin this primer is great because it really absorbs any excess moisture.
Aside from the Rimmel primer these are high end products so they are on the pricier end of the spectrum but they will last you a while so the price ends up evening out.
Do you put makeup primer or moisturizer on first?
Your primer always goes on after you have completed your skin care routine.
So after you apply your moisturizer, serum and any other skin care products you use in your routine and before your foundation or concealer.
Is a makeup primer really necessary?
I believe a makeup primer is necessary if:
- You want your makeup to last all day
- You want it to look as best as it can on your face
Usually when I work with people and they’re having issues with they’re makeup it’s because they’re neglecting having a primer or they’re using a primer that doesn’t work with their skin type.
Is makeup primer bad for your skin?
Primer isn’t any worse for your skin than your other makeup products are.
You’re putting something on your face that isn’t necessarily supposed to be there so it’s possible for your skin to break out and your pores to get clogged.
But that’s the same with foundation, powder and even dirt and oil.
So skipping the primer step in your makeup routine will do little to improve your skin’s health.
Should you let your makeup primer dry before applying foundation?
You aren’t necessarily waiting for it to dry you’re just waiting for it to do it’s job.
If you jump right in to applying your foundation after you prime your face then you aren’t giving it time to fill in your pores or smooth out your texture.
So waiting a few minutes while your primer sets before applying the rest of your makeup is the best thing to do.
How do I choose a makeup primer?
The best way to choose a makeup primer is to know two things:
- Your skin type
- And the different types of primers
Here we’ll talk about the types of primers and I’ll get into what works best for each skin type later in the post:
- Hydrating – This primer works well for those with dry skin since it will help smooth out the rough patches and keeps your skin from feeling tight under your makeup.
- Pore-minimizing – If you have oily skin you probably have larger pores as well so a primer like this would be great for minimizing them and blurring your texture.
- Anti-Aging – Primers that are anti-aging work really well for mature skin because they have protective ingredients that work against UV rays which is good because mature skin is usually more sensitive.
- Blurring – Blurring primers look flattering work well with different skin types so you can’t go wrong with this one.
- Mattifying – This is a great primer if you have oily skin because it will keep you from looking shiny and will absorb the excess moisture your skin produces.
- Illuminating – If you have dry skin an illuminating primer will work wonders in making your foundation look natural but still seamless.
- Color correcting – If you have a problem with discoloration on your skin then a color correcting primer would probably work best for you.
Is makeup primer good for acne?
The purpose of primer is to prep your skin for makeup, not to get rid of your acne.
They do have primers are the market that work well for people who have acne prone skin but as far as I know there aren’t any primers that will get rid of your acne.
Can you wear makeup primer alone?
You can definitely wear primer on it’s own.
Especially since some actually offer a little bit of coverage.
Not to mention the smoothing and blurring effects you get with most primers.
If you don’t have time in the morning to put on a full face of makeup then just using primer is perfectly acceptable.
I do that a lot actually (:
Can makeup primer be used as a moisturizer?
Even though there are primers on the market that are hydrating they should not replace an actual moisturizer in your skin care routine.
Mostly because your moisturizer has other ingredients that are made to improve your skin while your primer does not.
Remember primer is still a makeup product after all.
Which primer is best for dry skin?
I have dry skin so I have an arsenal of primers that work well for my skin, I’ll list those here for you (:
- E.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer – I love the formula of this primer because it’s got vitamins in it and it makes my skin feel like a baby’s butt. This is a super hydrating primer so it’s great for my dry skin.
- Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer – What I love about this primer is that it’s super light-weight and it doesn’t clog up my pores which is great because I also have acne-prone skin. It also keeps my makeup in place all day (:
- Maybelline Master Prime Hydrating + Smooth Primer – This primer feels a lot like a moisturizer but it isn’t greasy at all. As you all know I am a fan of Maybelline and this primer is a staple for me.
Which primer is best for oily skin?
Of course I have some options for those f you with oily skin as well:
- Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer – According to my sister this primer absorbs the oil in her skin and keeps it from looking shiny throughout the day. She likes to use this primer in the summer mostly.
- Benefit the POREfessional – My sister says that this primer is the best for filling in her pores and fine lines so that her make doesn’t sink into them. She says it also smooths out the texture of her skin.
- bare Minerals Prime Time Foundation Primer – This primer is formulated for oily skin so it’s probably your best bet as far as products go. This is my sister’s every day primer and she uses it religiously
Which primer is best for combination skin?
If you have combination skin, meaning you have a mix of two or more different skin types, it might be best for you to utilize two different primers.
So if oyu have oily skin in your t-zone area but dry skin everywhere else you can use a mattifying primer on your t-zone and a hydrating primer on the rest of your face.
Can you wear primer to bed?
I wouldn’t recommend it, especially if you have acne prone skin.
Primer is a makeup product and leaving it on overnight is not good for your skin.
How do you get primer off your skin?
The same way you get the rest of your makeup off, wash your face.
You can also use a makeup remover wipe if you’re pressed for time.
Alright, I think that’s all you need to know about primers!
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