Makeup primers are the glue that holds your whole makeup look together. Applying a primer is step one in a makeup routine and can be applied under anything. Primers are especially helpful for holding face makeup and eyeshadow in place.
Applying primer is simple. Just distribute your choice of primer evenly on your face before adding any foundations or powders. Be sure to allow the product to set before applying makeup over it. Some primers work better if applied with a brush or tapped into the skin instead of blended in.
Each primer is suited for a specific skin type. Depending on if you have normal, oily, dry, or combination skin, you'll have to purchase a primer that works best with your natural face hydration levels.
Primers have either a dewy finish or a matte finish. Matte finishes are typically better for oily skin types, as it dulls the appearance of shine. Dewy finishes can help dry skin appear more plump and bright.
Primers act as a layer between makeup and your skin, creating a barrier. Results depend on your skin type and the product used.
Face primers are primarily used to help keep makeup in place for extended periods of time. Makeup grips to the primer instead of gripping to your natural skin, which prevents texture from causing makeup to crease or slide.
These products help smooth the skin and act as a filter. Primers help erase textures such as scarring, fine lines, and blemishes by filling in crevices of the skin that cause makeup to appear uneven. This smooths the overall appearance of your skin and gives a plump, youthful finish.
Makeup primers can also blur the appearance of large pores, making them unnoticeable under foundation.
Depending on the formula, some makeup primers can even discoloration. Color-correcting primers work specifically to target areas of the skin that differ in color and affect the overall appearance of makeup. Green-tinted formulas, for example. are the best makeup primers for those with red skin since green cancels out red.