We often focus directly on what keeps your skin healthy, and of course that’s super important. But once you’ve mastered the perfect skincare regimen for your skin type, how do you take it a step further and make sure pre-makeup, that your skin is prepped properly? The best way to start, is to find a makeup primer first. Makeup primer is a base for foundation or face makeup that allows it to go on smoother and last longer.
Makeup primers are a gel, cream, or liquid formula that, when smoothed over your skin, fills in your tiny creases, large pores, flaky patches, and bumpy textures, creating nothing but a smooth surface for your makeup to glide over (which means your concealer or, say, foundation, won’t stick to your dry patches, or settle into your creases, or cake up around any skin imperfections). While moisturizer softens skin, a great primer prepares skin for your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation, giving it something to hold onto so again, it lasts throughout the day.
You also need to realize that face primers are also not created equal, you can get hydrating primers for dry skin, mattifying primers for oily skin, color-correcting primers for redness, and approximately 20 other types, finishes, and consistencies. But all makeup primers really boil down to two are two important and very distinct categories: silicone-based or water-based formulas. And this is where it can get tricky.
Silicone-based primers have a Vaseline like texture, they help blur fine lines and large pores. Water-based primers have a watery texture, are light on skin and work well with dry skin.
No matter the occasion, you want to ensure that you are selecting the perfect primer before you apply your makeup.
But also note that you don’t always have to be applying makeup after the use of your primer. It also acts as a barrier between you and the elements while giving your skin a smooth hydrated look and feel. Check out our Melan-in Skin Nourishing Serum, plus MPF. A perfect blend of plant, fruit and vegetable oils that helps clear acne, eczema, psoriasis, melasma, dry patches, dark spots and hypo-pigmentation. lt also provides sun protection, and replenishes your skin with the vital nutrients it needs for healthy skin cell regeneration, all while acting as a primer to create a matte makeup look.
Top Benefits of Using a Primer
It helps makeup go on smoother: Primer makes your makeup look much smoother. Try it and you will see that you get an almost velvety smoothness to your makeup that you won’t want to be without again.
It makes your pores invisible: One of the biggest benefits of primer is that it can completely conceal your pores. No matter how small your pores are, liquid foundation alone can make them more visible, but primer seals them completely.
It makes makeup last longer: Primer helps to stop the sweating from your pores and so will help to make your makeup last for longer.
It reduces shine: Using a primer will also help to reduce shine. Primer absorbs oil, so if your skin becomes greasy during the day, it won’t be as visible as it would if you hadn’t used a primer.
It evens skin tone: You can buy primers that are specially made to even skin tones before you’ve even put on any other makeup. There are primers available that are purple tinted, to cancel out yellow tones and others that are green tinted, to cancel out redness, for example.
It makes you look younger: Primers make your skin look much more youthful. They give your skin a smooth look and they reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
It reduces the appearance of acne: Although primers do not fight acne itself, they do help to lessen the appearance. They are far better at concealing the appearance of acne than a concealer alone, and a lot more subtle too.
It brightens up your skin: Depending on the type you choose, primers can also brighten up your face before you’ve used any highlighter. You can buy primers that have light reflecting pigments that brighten up any complexion.
It makes your skin look more hydrated: You should still use a moisturizer, but primers will make your skin look and feel more hydrated. Many primers also do contain hydrating ingredients that will help stop your face drying out, during the day.