How to Properly Prime Your Face

When it comes to your makeup routine, the secret weapon of all weapons is a good primer. Although there are many types of primers for different areas of the face like the eyes and lips. A good primer that compliments your skin and any of your skin needs will give you a flawless, air-brushed look that can last all day. On the other hand,  a primer that is not best suited for your skin type and needs might be the reason your makeup looks cake-y and is sliding off your face by mid-day. Asses your skin type and needs in order to buy the correct primer which can become your new best friend and you ultimate secret weapon! Follow these tips and you’ll be on track to achieve beautiful and seamless makeup.

Types of Primer

Face: Used to make makeup last longer, reduce/minimize the pores, balance out any redness or dullness in the skin & even hydrate parched skin.

Eyes: Eyeshadow primer will intensify the eyeshadow pigment and prevent the powder from settling in your crease or sliding off.

Lips: A good lip primer will prevent the drying “cracked lips look” and will allow you to apply your desired lipstick more evenly. A good primer will also lock in some extra moisture which can make your lips look fuller and pouty without transferring as quickly.

Before Making the Purchase

Test out the foundation with the primer you are trying to buy, make sure they blend together well. A good rule of thumb is too keep both formulas silicone or both formulas water-based. Keep in mind that this does not mean you cannot combine different formulas, everybody has different skin and special skin needs choose what best works for you.

The Correct Primer For Each Skin Type

Oily & Acne Prone Skin

Recommended Formula: Silicone & Lightweight

If you have oily or acne prone skin, a silicone based primer will be the most beneficial for your skin type. Silicone formulas tend to be a little bit thicker which will help camouflage any acne scares or enlarged pores. By using a primer and creating a barrier between the skin and the actual product it will help prevent any future breakouts and minimized the shine without packing on the powder.

Sensitive & Dry Skin

Recommended Formula: Oil or Cream

When your skin is dry or sensitive using a primer on a regular basis will add an extra hydrating layer and allow your foundation to blend instead of being absorbed into the skin. Try to find primers that are fragrance-free because fragrance may irritate your skin. You should also make sure the primer has some essential oil (like almond or rose-hip oil).

Normal & Combination Skin

Recommended Formula: Lotion

Luckily for you, most primers will work great on your skin type! Try to use a primer packed with nutrients and vitamins in order to maintain your beautiful skin young and fresh.

Mature Skin

Recommended Formula: Cream base

Buying the correct primer is crucial if you want to instantly look younger and camouflage any fine lines and wrinkles. Look for primers with hydrating properties and are full of vitamins which will create an even base, provide elasticity and make your skin firmer.

How to Apply Primer 

After your entire face routine has been completed, sunscreen included! The makeup routine can begin, apply a small amount of primer onto the back of your hand and apply evenly with a clean foundation brush or your fingers.

– Allow the primer to set and dry (around 30 seconds) before continuing with the rest of your routine
– Set your look with some setting spray or translucent powder


Primer is crucial! Make sure to incorporate into your routine and your skin will thank you!

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