Lizzi’s Makeup Basics – Face Primer

Pre-Foundation Primers – so many to choose from, so what do they really do?

After last week’s eye primer breakdown I wanted to share what I know about face primers.  As you might expect, face primer acts as a base for your foundation, just like an eye primer does for eye shadow. Face primer should be applied anywhere you apply foundation, and it can be applied using a flat foundation brush or clean fingers.

The primary function of a primer is to prepare the skin for foundation; basic primers like these are relatively easy to find:
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100
These are often a thin lotion:
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100
Beyond  just forming an adhesive base, primers often have a secondary function like smoothing out the texture of the skin such to make pores and fine lines less visible. Here’s a few examples:

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100 VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

In order to make fine lines and pores look smaller and smoother these types of primers are often thicker in texture. I liken it to filling small cracks in a wall. You’ll never cover it with paint; you need a filling agent of some form.
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

Primers can also be used to help give your makeup a particular finish. Some examples are:

Mattifying:  These are especially good if you will be photographed, as in theory they will prevent that horrid shine that reflects the flash, leaving you with a flawless look.
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

Brightening:  These types of primers are great if for some reason your skin is looking a little dull….big weekend, late night, bad skin day etc
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

Satin:  This is an excellent primer for a ‘fresh, dewy’ look, I personally love this one, it adds that healthy glow but without looking oily, glowy, not shiny.
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

Another class of primers have colour correcting properties. These use the principles of colour theory to eliminate uneven skin tone. Green primer can reduce redness and purple is said to brighten sallow skin.

There are also more specific purpose primers like Benefit’s Stray Don’t Stray which is designed as a primer for both eyeshadow and concealer.
VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100
This primer is great for the whole eye area; it will keep you shadow above your eyes and keep that bag-hiding, hard working concealer where it should be too.

Sadly there is not ‘One Size Fits All’ primer.  It will take a little trial and error to find your perfect one, but when you do, there will be no turning back.

Do you use face primers? Which is your favourite? Was it love at first ‘sight’ or did it take some time to get the best results?

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