Ever stepped out first thing in the morning looking like the epitome of perfection, only to find that by midday, your makeup has already begun streaking and your foundation has started to crease? If you want to maintain a flawless complexion that lasts all day, adding a sustainable primer could be the solution to your makeup woes.
Why You Should Never Skip Using Primer
A primer creates that all-important extra layer between your skin and makeup. Many often skip this step, thinking that it is unecessary since they have already applied long-wear foundation.
How To Pick The Right Primer
Well, the reason you need a primer even before you put on your favourite foundation is to create a base for it to hold onto. Remember all those creases that can sometimes be seen through the makeup that you thought you had so carefully applied? That’s where the primer comes in. By creating a veil over fine lines and large pores, skin surfaces get smoothed out so that makeup that follows can glide on smoothly without shifting.
From pore-minimising and hydrating to colour-correcting, there is a primer for every concern and skin type. If your skin is prone to oiliness, a mattifying primer can help to combat shine and control sebum. For those who battle dryness, a moisturising primer can keep your skin hydrated (look for primers with moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid).
If you have inflamed skin due to eczema or rosacea, tinted primers can address any skin discolouration and restore your skin’s colour balance. Look for ones with a green or yellow tint to tone down redness, while lavendar or lilac helps to correct sallow skin and illuminate light or medium skin tones.
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How To Apply Primer
After your last skincare step, use your fingers to apply primer lightly and sparingly over your skin. If you apply too much primer, your foundation can clump up too. Alternatively, you can choose to apply primer to the whole face, or to specific areas (for instance, mattifying primer over an oily T-zone, or green primer to neutralise skin redness).
Here 17 of the best primers in the market that’ll keep your makeup and skincare game strong all day long.