A Primer on Makeup Primers

Let’s talk makeup primers!

I know your beauty drawer is probably spilling over with all sorts of makeup and skin care goodies. I have to admit that my own drawer has expanded to multiple drawers. And if we’re being honest, I may need to get even more storage space for my beauty treasures. I just can’t seem to help myself! While primers aren’t nearly as exciting to add to a beauty stash as is a fun new lipstick or the latest eyeshadow palette, they are the soft-spoken hero of your makeup application. In other words, don’t skip them!

Does a primer really make a difference? The answer, yes! While a face primer is probably your first go-to product, here’s the lowdown on three different types of primers that will help give you a flawless look.

Face Primer: An overall face primer should be the first thing you apply after you have completed your skin care routine (eye cream, serums, moisturizers, sunscreen). Think of it as the base for your makeup. A primer visually smoothes out lines and little imperfections, (even the tiny ones you can’t see) to perfectly smooth your skin and prep it for makeup. It allows your foundation to go on smoother, and to last longer. You spent time doing your makeup, you want it to last! It also acts to block some of the daily dust and debris that is in the air. Primers are very lightweight, so don’t worry about feeling extra weight or stickiness on your face. They will actually make your face feel velvety soft.

Keep in mind that different primers are specifically formulated for different skin types and issues, so look for one that best suits your particular skin. If you have oily skin, look for an oil free or mattifying primer. If you have dryer skin, try a moisturizing primer. There are also primers that help blur imperfections, reduce the look of pores, or that help target fine lines and wrinkles (always a good thing!).

Eye Primer: Eye primers are specifically meant for the sensitive and more fragile skin around the eye area. These primers serve multiple purposes. Use an eye primer under the eye area so that your under eye concealer will go on (and stay on) smoothly, and not crease during the day (the worst!). Above the eye, pat primer gently on your eyelid and brow bone. This will help your eyeshadow adhere better to your lid. It really can last all day, and apply much smoother if you use a primer. Eye primers also help to intensify the color of the shadow you apply, so you end up using less shadow. Use your ring finger to apply eyeshadow primer, as it helps you apply the product gently. You only need  to apply a very small amount, so a tube will actually last you a while.

Eyelash Primer: If longer, thicker, more sultry looking lashes sound appealing, read on… Eyelash primer may sound frivolous, but it makes a very visible difference in the look of your lashes. I tried an eyelash primer for the first time about a year ago. I was skeptical at first, but now I am in love. Eyelash primer is a little sticky, so it gives you favorite mascara something to adhere to. Therefore, mascara lasts a lot longer when applied over a primer.

These primers have minuscule fibers that adhere to your lashes, thereby making your lashes look longer and thicker once you apply your mascara. If you curl your lashes, the curl will last longer, too.  They also often contain ingredients to help nourish your lashes, and make them stronger. A trick – make sure you apply your mascara right after the primer has been applied (before it dries) in order to get the best benefit.

Hopefully you now understand the importance of adding primers into your makeup routine. I would love to hear about any tips or favorite products that you have! Please share in the comments below.


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