A primer creates a barrier between your skin and makeup.
Beyond this basic function of a primer, are you also familiar with the many other different types of primers? Primers are often overlooked when it comes to makeup application because they are not visible beneath foundation but they are the key to a beautiful look that lasts. Discover the different types of primer in this ultimate beginner guide.
But First, What Is A Primer?
"Primer creates a smooth canvas for your makeup," says celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg, "It also keeps your makeup in place, keeps it from moving, [and] can keep it matte or luminous,"
Primers create a flawless skin canvas in preparation of makeup application. They are applied as a step between your skincare routine and makeup ritual to prevent makeup from interfering with your skincare products and help your makeup to last all day. Understanding the different types of face primer available will help you choose the best fit for your skin type.
Many face primers are formulated with moisturizing ingredients, such as Hyaluronic Acid or nourishing organic plant extracts. A well hydrated skin is key to achieving an impeccable face makeup so an extra moisture boost from a primer will not hurt. Moisturized skin is less likely to flake and therefore helps prevent makeup from budging.
Featuring a dreamy soft-focus effect, blurring face primers reflect light to create a lucent flawless finish. They often contain silicones to minimize the appearance of pores and fade imperfections for a coveted velvety smooth visage.
Designed for women who prefer a matte face makeup look, a mattifying primer is the perfect complement to a matte foundation as it does not contain light reflecting pigments that may introduce additional shine to your complexion. This type of face primers may also be developed with oil-control properties to help people with oily skin types mitigate greasiness.
Color Correcting Primers
This type of face primers is tinted with color pigments that help neutralize skin discolorations. Primers with green pigments counter skin redness, caused by sensitivity, allergies, flushing or blemishes. On the other hand, primers with yellow pigments combat blue tones such as from under eye circles.
Brightening face primers are best for creating a lit-from-within glow. Pair a luminizing primer with a velvet or satin foundation to achieve a dimensional radiance. Looking positively glowing has never been easier!
Formulated to be safe for use on the delicate areas around your eyes, an eye primer creates an even base for eyeshadow application. This beauty product is a must-have if you have fine lines around your eyes as it will prevent powder pigments from settling into the lines. If you are prone to having oily lids, an eye primer will prevent eyeliner from smudging.
For luscious pouts that turn heads, a lip primer ensures that your lipstick glides on smoothly while keeping your lips hydrated all day. As matte lipsticks tend to be more drying, wearing a lip primer is crucial to prevent your lips from flaking.
Yes, there are primers formulated for lashes too! Lash primers generally look like mascara but typically have white colored solution. A good lash primer nourishes and promotes healthy lash growth while helping to build dramatic lash volume and exceptional length.