Makeup primer is something that a lot of women aren’t overly familiar with. It’s only became popular in the last few years. But it can truly make a difference in your makeup. Once you start using it you probably won’t go back to the time when you went without it.
1. Learn What They do for Your Skin and Makeup
We tend to think primer is only to extend the length of time our makeup stays on. I know I had that misconception in the past. And that is part of the function of primer. But it also helps your skin be at it’s best to receive makeup. Primer can fill in scars and fine lines as well as camouflage redness or birthmarks.
2. Decide What You Need out of a Primer
Do you need your primer to fill in acne scars or fine lines? Do you want it to tone down your redness? You may just hope it evens out your skin tone. There’re primers that do all that and more. Decide what you’re looking for out of a primer before you shop so that you know what you’re looking for.
3. Give Your Primer Time to Absorb
Primer’s great but it can’t do it’s job if you put foundation on without giving it time to absorb. Wait a couple minutes before you begin applying your makeup. If it still feels wet then give it another minute or so. It’s possible that you’re wearing too much if it seems to be taking a long time to dry. In that case, try using a little less.
4. Be Prepared for a Unique Scent and Feel
When I first began using primer I noticed two things about it. It had a unique scent and feel although neither was unpleasant. The feel on your skin is almost exceptionally smooth. I don’t know how to describe the scent other than to say it’s unique and different from any other skincare or cosmetic product I’ve used. It’s good to know you should expect this from your primer.
5. Get Hands on
Whereas foundation can be applied with a brush, sponge or your fingers, primers work best when applied with your fingers. You want your primer to cover your entire face and using your fingers is the best way to achieve that. You can also feel where you’ve covered and where you haven’t when you use your fingers. Making sure that you cover your entire face will give your foundation a nice even finish. It’s best to start with a small amount of primer and build it up slowly.
6. Test It for Effectiveness
If you’re curious if your primer is really working for you, there’s a way to test it. It’s my little secret but you won’t tell, right? Whenever you want to know if any makeup product is working well or long lasting, only apply it to one side of your face. Leave it off the other side or use another product if it’s something that will be visible so that you won’t look mismatched. This little test is very revealing at the end of the day.
7. Comparison Shop
When you do find a primer that works for you, don’t feel discouraged if it’s pricey. There’re ways around that. Look around to see where you can find it the cheapest. Promo codes can help drop the price, too. It’s even possible you can find a cheaper dupe for the primer you love.
These’re 7 tips for when you’re beginning to use primer. Which ones are most helpful to you? I’d love to hear from you!