A full guide to make up primers

A full guide to make up primers

A crucial part of a complete makeup routine is a makeup primer. Some may get away without using it and may skip right through to the foundation for a base. Though, ladies, who used primers, understand the importance of this preparation step.

But let’s take things slow and understand what makeup primers really are, the purpose they serve, and their different types. This article is your complete guide to understand everything you need to know about primers.

What Are MakeUp Primers?

To put it simply, a makeup primer creates a barrier between your skin and the makeup. This has a lot of benefits. First of all, it creates a smoother surface, so that when you are applying your makeup, it has a cleaner and more beautiful finish. Second of all, it helps your makeup stay in shape for longer. In addition, the overall look is more even.

A full guide to make up primers
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So in other words, it is a professional makeup base. Usually, most ladies depend only on cleansing and moisturizing as a preparation step before applying makeup. However, trying a primer is a complete update. The more lasting and perfect finish speaks for itself at the end.

Purposes of Using A Primer

We’ve already talked about what primer does, but don’t think that all primers are alike. There are various types and kind and each serves a different goal.

For example, there are illuminating primers. These add sheen and glow to your face with your makeup. To be more precise, they contain glimmering particles, that make your end result a lot more radiating. Actually, they can be even used as a makeup base on their own. This type is usually used on special nights and for a more glamorous look.

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Another kind of primers are hydrating primers. Probably you may have guessed, these are perfect for dry skin. As dry skin forms a terrible base for makeup and may have your foundation look all flaky, this type of primers is the perfect solution. They add a level of moisture and conditioning to your skin that contributes to the flawless look of your makeup in the end.

Types of Primers

Haven’t we already talked about that? Nope, not really. There is more to the types of primers and none of them works like the other.

Mattifying Primers

Do you have oily skin? Always suffering from open pores and increased secretions, especially in summer? And definitely, that spoils your makeup quite easily, right? Well, no more of that if you use a mattifying primer.

As the name suggests, such primer forms a matte layer on your face and controls your sebum secretions. In addition, it prevents the changing of color that can happen to your foundation, if it mixes with your sebum and oxidizes.

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Silicone-Free Primers

While mattifying primers are perfect for oily skin, sillicone-free primers are the choice for dry skin. As the name is obvious, these are devoid from any sillicone that may irritate or further dry the skin.

Notably, they are great for a flawless and radiating finish. However, if your skin is acne-prone or sensitive, stay out from this type, as it can cause further problems to your skin.

Tinted Primers

A tinted primer could also be called an illuminating primer and we’ve already talked a little about that. As previously mentioned, they are usually worn as a base on their own without the need for using foundation. They are suitable for normal skin.

Also, for those, who enjoy having small pores (as those with large pores may find that this type makes their pores more visible). Furthermore, they create a beautiful dewy finish on your makeup. However, avoid this type, if your skin has an uneven tone, as it usually makes this flaw a lot clearer.

Long-Wearing Primers

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Yes, it’s true that primers are mainly to prolong the life and radiance of your makeup. Though, some primers are made to hold on their own longer, than others. Some may keep your makeup in place for as long as 15 hours.

Color-Correction Primers

Now this is the one for you if you have an uneven tone. Be it red discolorations or ashen skin you have, color-correcting primers reduce the amount of foundation you need to apply and are great for sensitive skin. They are usually light-weight, so they don’t cause breakouts. Besides, such primers can neutralize your skin tone very well.


If you didn’t use to include a primer in your usual makeup routine, then it’s the time to consider it. Just compare the same makeup look with and without a primer and you shall see the difference for yourself.

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