Whenever I talk to groups of women about makeup, I usually get quite a few questions about why you need a primer. In truth, there are some wonderful “all-encompassing” primers out there, but if you are looking for one with a specific purpose for you, you’re in the right place! The options are quite numerous and can be a bit intimidating so let’s boil it down and make it easy. First off, I’m sure anyone who has ever read any of my articles over the years has hopefully had it drilled into their memory to moisturize twice a day and wear sunscreen. When our canvases are happy, our makeup is happy!
The primer is the last step you will take before applying your makeup. It acts as a layer between your skin and your makeup that makes sure everything stays put and can stand up throughout the day. After all, we are too busy taking over the world to powder our nose or check our lipstick. Let’s review why you need a primer, along with some recommendations for each skin type.
Some ladies have oilier skin or just combination skin with an oily T-zone. This is kind of a blessing and a curse, right? You feel like you are chasing your makeup around your face sometimes, but oily skin actually tends to produce fewer wrinkles! All the “non-Sahara desert” ladies can really benefit from a primer.
Something to help keep the sebum at bay is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Oil-free (Makeup Gripping Base) Primer. Normally for mature women I suggest a natural dewy finish but when you’ve always had a problem controlling those oil glands, that may sound like torture. This product is great because it helps everything stay in place and maintain a matte finish. Just put it on your t-zone and feather it out. It is not necessary to put on your entire face, just your trouble spots. (Point out main areas on face).
If you feel like you need a little more insurance, spritz a bit of LimeLife By Alcone Oil Strike Oil-Free Setting Spray after doing all your makeup. This just sets everything and puts it on double lockdown!
Many women who tend to have oilier complexions also have larger pores. When we get older our bodies cannot create collagen as readily and our skin loses the elasticity that bridged all those gaps. The science of gravity and the sebaceous glands really like to pull one over on us by stretching out our pores, so there are special primers just for that as well! Benefit’s “The Porefessional” gives you an awesome airbrushed look and seeps into all those little pores for instantly smoother skin. Also the Dr. Brant “Pores No More” Pore Refiner Primer does the same trick and will not clog pores. We have enough to worry about, right? Let’s let our makeup do a lot of the work!
For drier skin, opt for a hydrating primer. Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Hydrating Primer offers a dewy look, while Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer is more on the matte side. These are both amazing and can keep your skin from being too thirsty while giving you what you need!
There are also primers that can color-correct by evening out your skin tone. Whether you have rosacea, acne, or just a ruddier complexion, try a green-tinted primer. Need to brighten your complexion? A pink primer might be the right one for you. Makeup Forever has really figured out the science of color in their makeup and they are my go-to line for things like this. Smashbox also has some great options for tinted primers.
Now for my favorite primer. This little beauty keeps everything in place while adding an amazing ethereal glow! The Becca “Backlight” Priming Face Filter is the bee’s knees. This is for ladies who want to just have a little bit of extra “oooomph” in their makeup. This is such an easy thing, too. You can either put it on before your foundation or if you are using a liquid foundation, just mix it in directly. It’s simple, gorgeous, and fun. This is also a great option if you are just needing a generalized primer.
There are so many other types of primers to try—everything from eyelid and eyelash primers to help your eye makeup stay put, to lipstick primers to maintain long-lasting color. The possibilities are endless and there truly is a product out there for every kind of makeup issue. Also, if you find a face primer you absolutely love, there are quite a few women who just pop some on on top of their moisturizer, sans foundation, and call it a day! Some can have SPF as well so that an entire you can just take out of the equation. Experiment a little and find the best one for you!
Now that we’ve covered why you need a primer, let’s chat about foundation! Find out which foundation is the right fit for you.
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