Cosmetics 101: Makeup Primers

Posted by on 6/5/2012 to Make-Up
Cosmetics 101: Makeup Primers

Makeup Primer Is the Recommended First Step

Application of makeup primers before makeup is the key step in order to achieve long-lasting, flawless skin. Other than helping to create an even surface for makeup, primers also extend the life of makeup foundations. Makeup often tends to fade throughout the day, and primers help to prevent this, while keeping makeup in place, which is especially important in hot summers and humid environments.

Application of Makeup Primer with Wedge

Makeup Primer Help Achieve Better Coverage

Primers work by filling in fine lines and wrinkles, as well as other uneven textures on the skin’s surface. It works in a similar fashion to the application of ridge fillers on fingernails. Filling in the ridges on the nails helps to smooth out the nail surface before applying nail polish. A makeup primer does the same thing to the skin for smooth application of makeup. Other than filling fine lines and wrinkles, makeup primers also help to fill large pores. With age, the skin loses its elasticity and therefore, pores often appear to get larger. Primers help to smooth and conceal these blemishes as well as other imperfections including expression lines, forehead lines and lines around the mouth. Therefore, many aging women rely on makeup primers to help achieve the best results from makeup.

Some Makeup Primers Can Multi-Task

Many primers contain ingredients which work to even out skin tone, minimize inflammation and breakouts, and prevent dryness. These include a combination of silicone derivatives, cyclomethicone and dimethicone, which are designed to help makeup go on more evenly and stay on the skin for longer. In addition to silicone derivatives, primers often contain polymers to help makeup stay in place by creating a stronger bond between the skin and makeup.

Give Makeup Primers Time to Sink In

Applying makeup directly over moisturizer often decreases the stability of makeup and leads to streaking, while also possibly compromising the skincare benefits of the moisturizer. Hence, adding a layer of primer in between moisturizer and makeup is the perfect solution to ensure both moisturizer and makeup works optimally. It is recommended to wait a few minutes after application of moisturizer before applying a primer, which allows the beneficial ingredients of the moisturizer to be fully absorbed. It is also essential to let the primer sink in for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate and smooth the skin before applying makeup.

The Right Makeup Primer for Your Skin

The type of face primer to choose depends on the skin type. Oil-prone skin can benefit from oil-reducing primers, whereas dry skin benefits from primers that provide good hydration. If the skin is dry and flaky, it can be difficult to apply foundation evenly since it tends to concentrate in dry patches. Powder foundations are even more unsuitable, since it settles into fine lines and wrinkles, especially towards the end of the day. Application of a hydrating primer smooths dry flakes and leaves a soft, silky surface for foundation to glide on evenly.

Makeup Primer Brands

Oily skin can benefit from a mattifying primer, which reduces shine, minimizes the appearance of pores, and helps makeup stay put all day long. gloMinerals face primer is a great choice for those with oily skin and prone to breakouts. The formula is all natural and mild, hence is non-irritating to even the most sensitive skin and would not trigger new breakouts. For full-face coverage, glominerals also has glominerals gloSheer Tint Base that goes on like a moisturizer while keeping foundation from streaking or rubbing off. Aside from glominerals, Colorescience face primers also include a comprehensive range of colors and suited to specific skin concerns, as well as providing SPF protection.

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