As a makeup junkie, I tend to get caught up in the cosmetic world. If you are new to makeup or just want to spruce up your beauty regimen, it’s hard to know where to start. Beauty blogs are a great resource but may be intimidating to the “average” reader. That’s where my new series comes in:
We are going to start with the basics! First up, primer!
What is it?: Makeup primer is meant to be worn underneath your makeup. There are ones formulated specifically for the face, eyelids, lips, and eyelashes. Face primers are meant to be worn under foundation, lid primer goes under eyeshadow, lip primer goes under lipstick, and lash primer is applied before mascara.
What does it do?: It is supposed to extend the wear time of your make up. Face primer also helps smooth out fine lines and control shine from oily skin. Eyelid primer (referred to as eyeshadow primer) helps prevent your eyeshadow from creasing. Lip primer extends the wear time of lipstick. Lash primer is said to give eyelashes more volume and thickness.
How do I use it?:
- Face: Rub (with fingers) a thin layer onto skin after your moisturize. Concentrate mostly on the t-zone.
- Eyelid: Apply a small amount and spread (with your ring finger) from the lash line up to the brows. You can also apply a little on the lower lash line if you’re applying any sort of liner or shadow in that area.
- Lips: Apply a thin layer before applying lipstick.
- Lash: Apply a thin coat before applying mascara.
Do I need a primer?:
- Face primer is something that is very useful, even if you don’t wear it every day. If you have oily skin, I would strongly suggest trying one. Although products like tinted moisturizer and beauty balms (bb creams) do not require primer underneath them.
- Eyeshadow primer is debatable. While it’s useful to have a base on you eyelid, you don’t necessarily have to purchase an “eyeshadow primer.” Some people can get away with using a thin layer of concealer on their lids. There are also some cream eyeshadows that work as primers (the MAC Paint Pot and Maybelline Color Tatoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow are popular ones). If you have oily eyelids, I would suggest getting an eyeshadow primer because it is formulated with different ingredients that help keep eyeshadow from creasing.
- I don’t see it necessary to purchase a separate product to prime the lips. There’s only a hand-full out on the market, so there isn’t a huge demand for it. Some tips to extend lipstick wear time: Line and fill in your lips with lip liner, or put a thin layer of foundation before you apply lipstick.
- Eyelash primer is debatable, and the trend seems to come and go. Right now, lots of companies are promoting lash primers and selling primer/mascara duos. Chances are, if you are just getting into makeup you want to start with the basics. Lash primer is definitely something you could hold off on, unless you just want to try it out of curiosity.
Keep in mind, not all primers are created equal. There are hundreds of them out there, from drugstore to high-end. If you try a primer that you don’t like, don’t give up!