It seems, in recent years, that everyone’s make-up routine has become a whole lot more complicated. Instead of applying foundation, then eyes and lips, now everyone is starting with their eyebrows before foundation, using primer, then contouring, then baking, then using a finishing spray, then…the list just seems to go on and on and it’s not great for those of us who want something a little lower maintenance!
The one step that we would definitely recommend keeping is primer. But what is primer and why should you be adding it to your routine? We’ve got the down-low below.
What is primer?
Primer is basically a base for your foundation, which allows your make up to go on smoother and last for longer. They usually have a creamy texture and goes on after you’ve cleansed, toned and moisturised, but before you apply your make up.
What does is do?
There are different primers which do different things, but as we said above, the main objective with a primer is to prep your skin for make up and make your skin smoother. There are primers which can blur imperfections, reduce pore size, tackle dryness, reduce oiliness and even reduce redness. It can make a huge impact on the lasting power of your foundation and can enhance the effects of your make-up base.
Who is it good for?
Well, everyone! The beauty of primers is that there’s one out there for everyone and providing you do our research you should be able to find one which works for you. Be realistic about your skin type when trying to find a primer – if you’ve got oily skin, you’ll want an oil-free primer, or if you’ve got dry skin, opting for one which adds moisturiser should be a priority.
How Do I Use It?
Make-up artist Joanna Schlip says that you should apply primer with your fingertips if you’re using it on your whole face, however “If only using for small areas, I’d recommend a brush. I like to use a concealer or lip brush for this”. She also recommends using a primer even more religiously “if you live, visit or plan on traveling anywhere that experiences either hot and humid or cold and dry temperatures” as this will really help to keep your make-up in place.