All You Need To Know About Primers

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Makeup Artists and Primers

A make-up primer is the secret weapon that helps women look fabulous all the time. A primer can help cover up imperfections on your face and make you look like you have flawless skin. Before you start using one, here are some things you need to know. And if you’re already using primers, you might discover some tips and tricks to make the most of yours.

Primers can be used on specific areas

There are different primers for different parts of the face. So you’ll need to arm yourself with whichever ones you need the most. There are face primers, eye-shadow primers, eyelash primers, and lip primers, to name a few. But in essence, what all of them do is create an even base over which the rest of your make-up can be applied.

They make putting on make-up easier

It might seem counter intuitive that expanding your make-up regimen could actually end up making it simpler, but it’s true. Once your primer has been applied on your face, lips or eyes, the make-up itself goes on much easier and gives you the desired finish without having to constantly wipe off, fine tune and fix.

They can fill out wrinkles, without clogging pores

Primers can cover up any fine lines or wrinkles on your face creating an effect quite like a facelift. Because of how a primer works, it only adheres to the skin’s surface and doesn’t actually clog pores in spite of its creaminess.

Hide acne scars, uneven skin tone, freckles and pimples

A primer can be used to make acne marks and pimples virtually disappear. Even patchy skin tones seem more even under the effect of a primer.

A little goes a long way

A tiny pea-sized quantity of primer is adequate to cover your face. Use too much and you’ll look like a ghostly apparition.

How to pick your primer

You will need to choose your primer based on the specific use, and area you need to use it on. There are primers not just for use on the face, eyes and lips but even your décolletage. Choose between a water or silicon based product depending on whether your more pressing need is to get a long lasting effect, or cover up lines and scars more effectively. There are also matte primers that work well on oily skin. Some primers have in-built SPF protection.

Here are some of the basic categories of primers based on the form they come in.

• Cream primers are good for dry skin, restoring moisture and often come with the added bonus of high SPF protection. A heavier primer, this is good for anyone living in drier places.
• Liquid primers are lightweight and like cream primers often have good SPF protection.
• Spray on primers or mists are lighter alternative for those who like to keep their make-up minimal or live in very humid places.
• Gel primers are light, odourless and oil-free and work well for filling in wrinkles and lines.
• Mineral primers pack a nutrient rich punch in their powdery goodness. Perfect for women who like to use just a light compact powder or foundation.

How to put on primer

Start by washing and gently moisturising your skin. Arm yourself with a good foundation brush and apply it to your face till you get an even finish. Be sure not to miss out on the cheekbones and the bridge of your nose. Wait for the primer to dry before you put on the rest of your make-up.