Do you often face problems with your make products like the foundation don’t stay or become cracky, or your pores become enlarged with makeup and your skin looks patchy?
The solution to all the above problems is the right primer for your skin.
What is a primer?
Priming your face is the first and most important step to get a beautiful, picture-perfect and long lasting-base for your make-up look (of course after your skincare!). Basically, primer makes your skin very smooth and gives your make-up products n even base to stick to. It is kind of creating a canvas for your make-up products. Like you must have seen when we paint the walls of our house, we use a primer first to stick the paint similarly we need a primer to increase the hold of our foundation and concealer to get a smudge-free and flawless make-up. They are make-up magnets.
What are the benefits of a primer?
- Smooths skin
- keep makeup in place and fresh all-day
- blur pores to near invisibility
- brighten, fade fine lines and wrinkles
But not all primers work for all skin types. Just like any make-up product is based on your skin types, different primers are available for different skin types with different skin concerns also..
How to choose the right primer for yourself?
You should always choose your makeup primer based on your skin type, any skin issues you may have, and the environment in which you’ll be wearing your makeup. Each skin is different and has its own set of concerns and needs. Some of us need more hydration, some need extra shine elimination whereas some worry about minimizing their pores. Depending on this we have primers for radiance, colour-correction, hydration, pore minimizers and so on. The important thing is finding the right one for your skin. Check out your skin type here: Know your skin in 5 simple steps
Primer for dry skin
Dry skin people need to have a primer which can give hydrate, moisturize and give shine to their skin. Look for the one that has a creamy texture, it wil help in reducing flakiness and will give a dewy look. Look for words like “hydrating,” “soothing,” or “moisturizing”, or “dewy”.
Primer for oily skin
Select a mattifying primer which will reduce the oil production from your skin. It will help your make-up stay longer and will remove the extra shine or grease on your face. Usually, an oily skin is prone to acne and large pores so look for primers with anti-acne ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid. (Read: AHA vs BHA: Choosing the right and best exfoliant for your skin)
Primer for combination skin
It is hardest for finding the right primer this type because your T-Zone is oily while the rest of your face is dry. You can try finding a primer which is in between hydrating and mattifying effect. Go for a prime with a neutral formula or you can mix two primers to get that balance for both oily and dry skin.
Primers for sensitive skin
It is a good idea to choose primers which are oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, and so on. Sensitive skins generally appear red, use a green-toned primer to help cancel the redness.
How to apply a primer?
Now that you have selected the best primer for you, it is very important to know how you should apply it otherwise there is no use of it.
Usually, you do not need a make-up brush for your primer. You can apply it using your fingers only. Take the primer in a very small dime to nickel size amount and blend it very well on your skin. Start at the centre of the face and then smooth gently (don’t rub) working upwards and outwards towards the hairline and jaw. The trick is to start off small and tailor the amount based on your skin type for eg. Extremely dry skin that tends to absorb makeup more quickly and can handle a quarter-size dollop of primer, whereas, in case of oily skin, we should stick to the bare minimum because it sits on the surface longer. Make sure you give your primer a full minute to dry before applying anything on top of it.
Pro-tip: If you do not have any primer, you can use aloe vera gel in an emergency situation.
I hope you can find the right primer for yourself. Do let me know in the comments or here if you have any questions.
Happy reading 🙂