To be honest, I’ve only heard of the term “primer”, like, a year ago. I was whining to my friend that my makeup never stayed for more than three hours since I haven’t found the “perfect foundation” for oily skin. And she said one word. Primer. Like the dazzling speed of light, Googled the term primer , devoured the information, and rushed to the mall to go and get one!!!
That marked to be my best year for I discovered “the primer.” Now, I am spreading the word! Here goes….
What is a primer?
A primer, simply put, is your perfect makeup base. A skin perfector prior to makeup. You wouldn’t want to apply makeup that accentuates your lines, or apply on dry or oily skin, right? Because that would be totally useless. You’d get to blame and blame your makeup for not functioning properly, but in reality, it’s your skin that’s not ready for it!
A primer would fill in the lines, smoothen the texture of your skin, even out the texture and your color, and shrink some pores. Of course, when you have the perfect, smooth, makeup base, your makeup would surely cooperate with you beautifully. It would glide, glide, and glide like silk, and would give you a great look for the day, or night. For those who are wary about their scars, primers have light reflecting properties that make them look less noticable.
For oily-skinned and those with acidic skin, this will prevent your makeup from sliding off, and darkening. For those with dry skin, the primer would help the skin stay soft, and hydrated all throughout the day. It even protects your skin from makeup since it’s the layer that makeup is applied on. The greatest gift , of the great primer to the vain universe, is that it definitely gives your makeup enormous staying power.
Other than that, some great primers do have botanical ingredients, that give your skin some nourishment. Some other primers, are more focused on the staying power, and the smooth base, and have “silicone” in them. They work great, but are not for the fainthearted. Some actually get breakouts from them, but some are lucky enough not to, that makes them enjoy silicone-based primers!
Now here are some primer recommendations of mine! :
The Laura Mercier Oil-Free Primer is perfect for those who have oily, acne-prone skin. It acts as a “barrier” against external aggressions. and does not aggravate acne in any way. Helps makeup stay put all day!
The Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer is a popular choice among makeup addicts because of the flawless base it creates for the skin. Dermaxyl is another add-on the famous photofinish primer as it minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, as well as provide sun protection via its SPF 15. Ebeautydaily’s Christina personally loves this one!