Primers 101: What you need to know about makeup primers!

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One important makeup step that most often forgotten is applying primer. The priming step is usually forgotten because either most people do not know about how its advantages or do not think its that important. Primers have many functions and work to our advantage 100 percent of  the time. I did my research and narrowed the information down to the important facts about primers!

WHY DO I NEED TO USE A PRIMER?

Ever painted or watched someone paint over a brightly colored wall? If yes then you probably saw the painter put a layer of primer before applying the final color. Just like painters apply a primer to a wall to set a smoother and better foundation before applying a desired paint, you should apply a primer to your face before your foundation but after your moisturizer.

WHAT EXACTLY DOES A PRIMER DO?

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Primers smooth out your skin while controlling oiliness, decreasing redness, filling in fine lines and wrinkles and just overall preparing your face for further makeup products. Primers also keep your makeup looking fresh for a long length of time. Eyelid primers prevent the creasing of eye shadow and even brighten the shadow colors.

WHAT ARE SOME TYPES OF PRIMERS?

There are two main types of primers; face primers and eyelid primers.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A PRIMER?

When looking for a primer consider all aspects such as your skin tone, skin type, what you will be putting over your primer , price, what the event is and what you want to get from it the most.

Skin tone – does the primer work for any and every skin tone?

Skin type– Is your skin oily, dry, combination, acne prone, aging?

What will you put on top – foundation, BB or CC cream, powder, concealer?

Price – Start low. Your ideal primer may cost $3 or $30.

Whats the event ?– If your going to be photographed a lot you may need to buy a primer that is made specifically for taking photos. If you’re going to be sweating a lot, look for a super stay primer or a sweat-proof one. Whatever the event is, make sure your primer suits your skin well, don’t just think it’ll look better once you have foundation on.

What do you want the most from it? – Do you want an oil controlled face? Longer wear?

SHOULD I PURCHASE HIGH-END OR DRUGSTORE PRIMERS?

I recommend starting from drugstore primers then working your way up. Finding a primer shouldn’t be a long and dreadful process.

WHICH SPECIFIC PRIMERS DO YOU RECOMMEND?

I use the E.L.F eyelid primer for my eye makeup. Teen Vogue magazine has named it a dupe for the urban decay primer potion.

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I also use the Sephora primer and sometimes the bare minerals primer but I’m looking to purchase the Benefit pore less porefessional primer because it has amazing reviews and incredible testimonials.

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HOW DO I APPLY A PRIMER?

Once you have cleansed your face and applied your moisturizer, put a pea-sized amount of primer to the back of your hand. Dab your fore finger into the primer the place little dots of the primer all over your face. Using your hands or sponge, distribute the primer into your face making sure you cover the entire perimeter of your face and your neck. Less is more but do apply a little bit more primer to trouble areas like under your eyes and any place with wrinkles and fine lines.

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