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What You Didn’t Know About Primer

What You Didn’t Know About Primer

Primer is the Tina Fey of cosmetics – in my opinion, underrated. Not only will it extend the wear of your foundation and other cosmetics, but primer blurs and conceals. I would have trust issues with a make-up artist who didn’t apply it to my face.

Primers have fluid properties, so they improve your texture and allow make-up to glide onto your skin. Silicone, or silicone-like ingredients, temporarily fill pores or fine lines and give you a silky canvas for your artwork.

Primer is underestimated around the delicate eye area. It will soften crow’s-feet and can work as a mini make-up remover for eyeshadow below the eyes: just wipe away excess with a swipe of primer, whether that’s under or over your foundation.

That eyeshadow primer can be mixed in with powder eyeshadows to create a creamy formula. For those times when you just don’t have lip primer handy, that eyeshadow primer can be used above the lips to prevent lipstick smudging or bleeding.

Points to Remember:

After applying a super moisturizing-moisturizer, allow your skin to fully absorb it before starting with primer.

Thicker, balm or souffle-textured or primers are best warmed up in your fingers first. You only need a hazelnut-sized amount, any more than that pills underneath foundation. Liquid or gel primers are best applied with a foundation brush, like the Jane Iredale Foundation Brush. Start from the centre of your face and work outwards, smoothing primer over your face.

Browse our edit of primers:

The KORRES Quercetin and Oak Anti-ageing Primer is a beautiful option for those who dislike the idea of silicone. The ingredients are 98% natural, of which quercetin and oak improve skin cell functioning, repair fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture and elasticity.

Fusion Beauty's PrimeResults Anti Redness Primer is nothing short of a miracle for those with rosacea. This corrective primer addresses irritations and calms reactions instantly, letting you get on with what's important: applying your make-up.

The Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer guarantees your lip color won't move until you're ready. Discover the no fade, no bleed and no crease formulation that's smooth like cocoa butter. Nourishing vitamin E enhances this creamy primer.

Brow Boost preps and conditions to help create beautiful brows. This vitamin infused primer can be worn alone or under your brow makeup. Tinted pink to blend translucently onto the brow so your makeup glides right on.

An oil-free, silicone-free primer specially formulated for irritable, breakout-prone skin. This mattifying primer features an intensely clarifying blend of Salicylic Acid, calming Lavender Extract and the proprietary Ceretin Complex in a soft periwinkle hue that offsets the look of blemishes. This formula also includes Pentavitin, which provides instant moisture with up to 72 hours of deep hydration.

blinc lash primer was developed with two objectives in mind: Lash and eyebrow treatment and eyelash enhancement. Whether your lashes are tiny and require a larger base to work with, in need of conditioning or you are simply looking for incredible volume and length, blinc lash primer delivers. Developed by blinc to complement blinc mascara, it provides a greater base of volume and length for your lashes, prior to applying your mascara. Contains vitamin E to nourish lashes.

Create a perfect canvas and improve foundation application. Formulated with the antioxidant rich True Beauty Cocktails, this colorless primer provides a veil of protection with anti-aging benefits.

An oxygenating primer that plumps skin, making it a smooth, flawless surface for precise foundation application. Multi-purpose formula with regenerating, anti-glycation peptides and sodium hyaluronate leaves skin polished, youthful and radiant. Can be worn alone for a sheer wash of color.

The Anti-Ageing Face Primer by Amazing Cosmetics is a lightweight, gel-silk primer that moisturizes and perfects the skin for long-wearing makeup application. This will lock in your look so make-up application stays fresh from dawn until dusk.

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