Make-up primers may be for many an optional stage in make-up application, but if you ask us, they actually make a big difference in the final result of your base.
A good make-up primer will smoothen out the skin’s surface and blur any existing imperfections, e.g. fine lines or big pores in the skin’s texture, so that foundation looks smoother and flawless.
If despite your application efforts, your foundation still won’t “behave” and look good, perhaps it’s time to pair it with a good make-up primer underneath.
The application of a makeup primer is generally a straightforward process; however, there are some professional application tips and techniques for better results.
But first, you need an excellent primer. Choose one that is based on your skin type (mattifying and oil control for oily skin, or dewy and hydrating for dry skin) and offers the finish you wish to achieve (such as flat or luminous).
The application of makeup primers also differs slightly based on your skin type and any current skin-tone issues, e.g. uneven skin tone or redness. We suggest that you use this guide for each skin type, for flawless results every time.
For Dry Skin
If you are using a primer in thick cream or stick form, apply a mini layer first in the palms of your hands and rub it gently to warm it up, so it applies more easily. Transfer this with your fingers or apply the product directly and work with your fingertips after to warm it up and let it blend with your skin better.
Allow the product to get absorbed by your skin for a few seconds before applying your foundation.
Finish your base with a moisturizing liquid or cream foundation. If your skin still feels a tad dry, you may skip using powder and just add a thin layer of translucent powder to set your makeup instead.
For Combination Skin
Prep your skin with a lightweight moisturizer in gel consistency and let it absorb thoroughly prior to applying your primer.
If you are using a makeup primer in stick form, apply directly onto your skin and work with clean fingertips or a makeup sponge to distribute it evenly. Let sit for a few seconds for better absorption.
Follow with a foundation in semi-matte or soft focus finish and added skincare benefits. Set optionally with a bit of translucent powder.
For Oily Skin
If your skin is extra oily, you don’t need to use any moisturizer as the primer will do the job on its own. Use a primer preferably in a stick or powder form and apply either directly onto your skin or with a powder puff or brush.
Gently apply a tissue over your primed skin to absorb any excess product or oiliness.
Apply a liquid or powder foundation with a matte finish and finish with a layer of compact or translucent powder.
For Sensitive Skin and Redness
Apply a natural skin moisturizer
Choose a lightweight makeup primer in a neutral or green sheen to neutralize any redness. Apply some dots with your fingertips and concentrate more on the areas that look more sensitive or red than others.
Finish your base with a natural mineral foundation in stick, liquid, or powder form.
Now, in case you also need to correct any other skin tone issues and even out your skin tone, you may work with a primer in a hue that neutralizes and corrects your existing skin tone problem. For example:
- If you have grey and dark patches in your skin, e.g. under eye circles, use a primer with an orange sheen.
- If you have shallow skin with yellow undertones, use a primer with a lavender or peach hue to brighten it up.
- Finally, if you have some minor scars or bluish bruises, use a primer in a yellow shade.
The application of color-correcting primers is similar to the above steps (based on your skin type).
Why Use a Natural Primer
The problem with many chemical-based primers is that they are full of nasty and toxic ingredients. [Read: 15 Toxins in Your Personal Care Products].
Conventional primers may dry out your skin or clog your pores, with their synthetic and petroleum-based ingredients, even after a few hours of use. They more often than not contain silicones, especially dimethicone.
Therefore, for the best results and to protect your skin from potential damage, it’s best to go for a natural makeup primer. Many natural primers are infused with ingredients that will promote skin health, rather than diminish it.
Our Favorite Natural Makeup Primers
If you are looking for product recommendations, head over to our post, The Best Organic Makeup Primers to find out what we are loving!
Follow all our suggested application steps depending on your skin type, and you’ll have a flawless base for several hours.
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