I first heard and learned about primers about 5 or 6 years ago, during one of those days when I was happily watching the Television Shopping Network on Foxtel. Those were the days when my days were long, the kids were young and I was thoroughly bored. But, it did open my eyes up to a multitude of different products – whether I needed them or not was a whole different story. Anyway, that was where I first heard about primers.
From the presentation, I only knew that it helped to smooth over fine lines and wrinkles, something that in my own eyes was possibly happening on my face. I bought the primer, found out that it didn’t make any difference. Well, really, if there weren’t any fine lines to begin with, then how could one see the difference right? It wasn’t until a few years later that I learned a lot more about the function of primers.
What is a primer?
Primers basically act like a barrier between your skin and your make-up. It creates that blank canvas on your skin so that the make-up application would be smoother and best of all, last longer. Some primers also help to smooth out fine lines and minimise any facial pores. Most primers also contain, wax, silicones or polymers, hence the “smoothed out” effect and soft silky feel.
How do you apply primers?
Primers either come in a gel, or cream form. Some are tinted and some are not. You would still need to apply your sunscreen and moisturiser BEFORE applying your primer. The foundation is applied AFTER you have applied your primer.
Do we need primers?
Unless you want your make-up to last all day, I would say to use this only on a “need to” basis. It’s also great for when you want that matte look to your make-up. When removing your make-up with the primer on, it’s best that you cleanse your face TWICE. This way it cleanses not just your make-up but the primer which is underneath it. Also remember to exfoliate at least twice a week if you wear primers everyday (source:The Amazing Face).
Types of primers
There are many types of primers, each with their own purpose. There are ones for the face, eyes, and even lips. So far I have only tried 2 brands of face primer and one brand of eye primer. And to be perfectly honest, I haven’t done enough research to see if it made any difference when it came to my make-up lasting the distance. The face primers I have tried previously do create that smooth canvas and minimise my pores. Especially the one by Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional.
Another trick that I’ve recently learned thanks to Zoe Foster’s The Amazing Face, is the fact that you can use a primer to mask red or blotchy skin. I’ve tried this with the John Plunkett Advanced Anti Wrinkle Filler just around my nostrils and I have to admit, it did work!
Some brands that I’ve tried and have been recommended by others
Whilst I’ve only tried a very small handful of primers, here are some primers that you can try:
Those are just a few things I’ve learned about make-up primers. Have you used any that you think are worth recommending? Or can you add any other benefits or tips to using a primer?