The Benefits of Using Makeup Primer

Primer is one of those makeup products that often escape notice, with how much stuff already goes into a full face, is an extra step even really all that necessary? The short answer is yes and no. Keep reading as I will explain it all for you. 

The Benefits of Using Makeup Primer

Basically What is a Makeup Primer? A Short Overview 

One of the best things you can do for your skin before applying makeup is prepping it. That means keeping it clean and well-exfoliated for a smoother surface, making it easier for whatever your chosen base product is to stick better and last longer. The addition of an extra step like priming can take your makeup’s longevity to a different level: from normally lasting from day to night to staying on through a nuclear apocalypse. Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating a bit, but the addition of makeup primer to your beauty routine can truly help your foundation, BB cream, tinted moisturizer or what have you to last at least a couple of hours longer, or through extreme conditions like heat, humidity, or rain. 

Think of makeup primer as the base to your base: it creates a smoother surface for your makeup to adhere to. Certain primer products can also help correct discoloration, even out skin tone, as well as blur out imperfections like enlarged pores, wrinkles, and fine lines for a soft-focus finish similar to the kind you can achieve with your favorite selfie app. It can help control shine if you happen to have oily skin, keeping slickness at bay and your makeup in place. Without it, your makeup is more likely to slide all over your face in an unsightly mess. 

If you happen to need your makeup to last longer than the prescribed six hours, or should you need it to stay on through a night of all-out partying, makeup primer can help. A product like Shu Uemura’s Stage Performer Block:Booster Protective Moisture Primer Base is specially formulated to help keep stage actors and performers’ painted faces pristine throughout grueling shows, but you can also benefit from using it every day, since it helps block pollution and provides sun protection with an SPF 50 PA+++ rating. 

Types of Primer: 

While most face primer products offer more or less the same effects, there are many different types for every skin concern and type. Below are a few common ones: 

Pore minimizing primers, like it says on the tin, are able to minimize the appearance of large pores. They can also help correct uneven skin tone and are usually made with a silicon polymer, such as dimethicone. Considering the main ingredient of this primer type, those who suffer from cystic acne or a similar skin condition are advised to check with their dermatologist or conduct a patch test to see if they have any allergic reactions. 

Mattifying primers are the way to go if you have oily skin and frequently have to endure a veritable oil slick forming in the middle of your face before the lunch hour even passes. These primers help control the production of sebum and minimize shine, so you can avoid that dreaded “I could fry an egg on my forehead” look. 

If you need your makeup to last through even the most demanding conditions, such as an intense night out or a stage performance, look into a long-wearing primer. While all primers are made with the intent of keeping your makeup immaculate for longer, a long-wearing primer really ups the ante and can keep your face on lock for a ridiculous amount of time – up to 15 hours, for some products. 

Using a primer may add one extra step to your makeup routine, but don’t you think the benefits it brings is well worth the effort? 

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Megha Gupta 


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