What exactly are primers? If you wear makeup regularly, you might have already heard about it or seen it at makeup display counters.
Some may have tried and loved it, others may still be on the fence, and there are those who have never tried it at all for one reason or another - it could be that you don’t know how it is used, never seen how it could be beneficial or you don’t want to spend more than what’s necessary.
If you are the latter, you are definitely missing out as you have not seen how your makeup look after you apply primers. Once you have seen how it prolong your makeup wearability and improve your skin condition, you will never look back again.
Tips To Make Your Buying Decision Easier
Some think that the use of primer is to make up last longer, while it certainly does that, it also prepares your skin to receive make up at the same time. It is the best way to fill in the uneven patches and lines around your face before you apply anything else on it and it also allows you to hide away redness.
1. Why you need it
There are different types of primer with different targeted aims. It is therefore very important to first ask yourself: what are you trying to achieve? Is it to hide any marks? Fill in scars caused by acne or the likes? Or simply for oil control? In general, primers will help even out your skin tone and diminish oily patches so as to make your makeup last longer. Most would like to control oily skin and having a primer for oil control is the ideal decision to do.
2. How to use it
Primers, as its name suggests, are used before the application of any other makeup products. It is used to prime your face for it to be ready to absorb other makeup products more easily and smoothly. It should therefore be the very first step in any makeup process.
Once primer is applied, wait for a while to let your skin absorb its goodness before applying the rest of your make up. It is good to give it a few minutes before proceeding but you should always read the instructions on your primer as different brands have different instructions.
One tip: if your face still feels wet, you probably need to give it a couple more minutes. Normally it will not take too long for primers to absorb into your skin so when it does, it may be an indicator that you have applied a tad too much. If and when this happens, simply apply lesser amount next time.
It is recommended that you use your fingers when applying primer because the warmth of your fingers will help it absorb quicker into your skin. There are some who may prefer to use a sponge, however, you may notice or feel like you have not covered your whole face. When applying, target the areas that need more attention such as your cheeks and T-zone - these are the most common oily places. You will realise a little goes a long way so apply accordingly.
You don’t have to buy the most expensive primer in the market; as long as it does what you need from it then that is the primer for you. If you find it too expensive, try to check for promotions or compare it with other products that work just as well but at a fraction of the price.
4. Test if possible
If you are not convinced, try to apply a tester primer on just one side of your face before applying your usual makeup. At the end of the day before removing your makeup, take a look and see how both sides of your face looks. The side with primer will most certainly lasts longer.
It's your choice now...
We hope you find the above tips useful. It is never too late to find out more and get yourself familiarize with primers now. Having enough knowledge about its uses and benefits will assist you in making informed choices the next time you buy make up.