If you’ve never used one before, then you’re most definitely missing out! Whether you’re a natural gal or prefer a more glam look, primers are a gift sent from the makeup gods! Primers can control your shine, hydration levels, smooth out the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines and give an even flawless foundation finish (just to list a few benefits).
Even though there are so many key benefits to using a primer, some still choose to skip the primer step. Choosing to skip this step probably means you’re unsure of how to use one, haven’t tried the right one or simply don’t think it’s a good investment. By introducing one that suits your skin’s needs or type can really make a difference on how your skin appears, feels and trust us, your foundation or whatever you choose to put on top will go on so flawlessly and evenly with little effort!
There are different textures and formulas of primers out there for you to choose from (all offering different effects on the skin). There are ones that are a cream base, silicone-based polymers, gel, and powders. Keep in mind the same primer won’t look the same on different skin types. That’s why it’s so important to find one that suits your skin type.
Normal skin: This skin type is neither oily or dry throughout the day, and the pore size is not too small or too big. You have a few options for primers with this skin type. Try to avoid mattifying primers as they can make you look dry and dull. Instead try an illuminating primer that’ll give you that healthy dewy skin (without that oily look). Primers with SPF are an absolute bonus!
Oily skin:This skin type is usually shiny all over the face with a slight greasy feeling to the touch. Also prone to acne, redness and congestion. Primers that are silicone based will help mattify, control your shine and prolong the wear of your foundation/makeup. Primers that have a ‘blurring’ effect are also great for uneven textured skin and or oily skin as it will smooth out areas of concern like enlarged pores and fine lines (reduces the appearance of large pores). Look out for words like mattifying, oil control, and smoothing when shopping for one!
This skin type usually has a shiny/oily T-Zone (the centre of your face) and everywhere else seems relatively normal or dry. The key is to keep the skin nicely balanced. Choose primers that won’t over mattify your skin or make you look to shiny. A light-weight primer, or one that is neutral. You can also choose two types of primers to wear. A more mattifying one for your oiler T-Zone and a more moisturizing, light-weight primer for the outer areas.
Dry skin:This skin type usually has a dull appearance, can show dry flaky patches, fine lines (due to dehydration) and has a tight uncomfortable feeling. Some people want that dewy, healthy glow so they opt for one that illuminates. Be careful with illuminating primers as they contain some shimmer that can emphasize flakiness. Instead try to find one that is of a hydrating cream base and moisturizing but with a light-weight texture.
Mature skin:applying foundation over the skin without primer can settle into fine lines and deep-set wrinkles (therefore emphasizing the look of them). Applying a primer that has a blurring and smoothing effect can reduce the appearance of them! There are many primers out there that are for mature skins. Look out for ones that have SPF (best age defence), antioxidants (to help fight free-radical damage and words like firming to help lift and tone the skin. Try to avoid primers with a lot of shimmer as they can enhance the look of fine lines and wrinkles!
Sensitive skin:When looking for primers, try to avoid ones with a lot of fragrance as it can irritate sensitive skins. If you get a lot of redness, look for primers that have color correcting formulas (like green-based primers as they neutralize redness). When the redness is corrected, you’ll find that you’ll less of your foundation to cover up. Primers can be used alone to help perfect the skin and provide a protective barrier against harsh environmental factors!
When applied with fingertips, you’re able to work the product into the skin, providing a smooth base for your foundation to stick to. By prepping your skin well with a primer prior to makeup application, it’ll ensure longevity of your foundation. This means your makeup will stay on longer without becoming patchy or oily throughout the day! Who doesn’t love fresh looking makeup that lasts?
TIP: Before purchasing your primer, always ask for a sample to take home where possible. This way you’re able to see if it works well with your skin, makeup and to test for any allergic reactions (especially sensitive skin types). Happy priming!