Primer – How to Use it Correctly

Whether you are one of those women who will not step foot out of your home without makeup or even if you are one who is good with a little blush and lip balm, a face primer is an essential skincare product. If you haven't discovered the use of a makeup primer yet, maybe it’s time that you did.

A primer is a base for any product that you need to put on your face. While you might think using a cream or a foundation is enough, there are multiple reasons to using a primer for your face on a regular basis.

And while a great skin care regimen can work wonders for making sure your makeup wears flawlessly throughout the day, primer is the real key to getting your makeup to perform the way it should. Primers come in silky soft creams and gels and are meant to be applied underneath your makeup to guarantee perfect foundation application by filling in fine lines and smoothing out uneven texture. 

Many people often skip this step because they believe they don’t really need it, are unsure of how to use it or don’t think it’s worth the investment. However, using primer underneath your makeup will make everything last longer. Keep your makeup looking fresh all day. 

What Type of Primer to Select?

Formulas are available in cream, gel and powder. While moisturizer softens skin, primer prepares skin for your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation, giving it something to hold onto so it lasts throughout the day. If you struggle with cystic acne and other skin conditions, do a patch test or check with a medical professional, as some people have reported allergic reactions from usage

So how do you choose the right primer for you?

  • What are you going to use the primer for?
    Do you want to cover wrinkles and fine lines? Or are you concerned about shiny and oily skin? Discoloration? Acne scars? Do your research, read the label and buy your primer after you know what you will use it for.
  •  Identify your skin type
    Is your skin oily, dry, or normal? There are different primers for different skins; make sure you choose correctly.

Use a mattifying primer or one with salicylic acid for oily skin. For dry skin, we recommend a gel-based or illuminating primer. If you’ve got normal skin, you’re lucky. Try different combinations until you find what you like best.

  • Check for foundation compatibility
    Make sure your primer and foundation have the same base – oil or water – so they don’t repel each other. When you go to purchase a primer, apply a little on your hand. After it dries, put on a little foundation. If it spreads easily, you’ve got a good match.

How to Correctly Apply Primer

  • Start with a clean face
    Wash your face off all impurities before you apply the primer. Use a gentle Butter Bar cleanser like our Sea Buckthorn and Chia Seed Cleansing Oil
  • Moisturize
    A primer isn’t a moisturizer, even if it seems to contain moisturizing properties. A moisturizer keeps your skin soft and supple.  Let the moisturizer get fully absorbed in before starting with the primer.
  • Start with a pea-sized amount
    Using too much primer can make your foundation clump. A pea-sized amount should be enough to cover your face and neck.
  • Start at the center
    Dab the primer to the center of your face and blend it outwards in gentle circular motions. Make sure you blend it in for a smooth finish. Go up to your hairline and your neck as well. Don’t forget your ears and the area around your eyes.
  • You can also apply a thin layer on dry lips to keep your lipstick fresh and bold all day, and to prevent it from seeping into the fine lines near your mouth.
  • Wait for it to dry completely
    You can choose to skip the foundation as the primer does wonders to your pores and complexion. If you do wish to apply some, let the primer dry first. You will notice you need less foundation than before. 

It’s best to apply primer with fingertips for areas larger than a quarter. If you’re only using for small areas, it is recommended to use a brush, such as a concealer or lip brush. This spot-treat technique gives the look of a more natural finish.

Benefits and Advantages of Using Primer

  • Your skin will be smoother
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores
  • Gives you an even skin tone
  • Acne spots and scars are concealed
  • Your makeup will last longer, in any weather
  • Primer can be worn as makeup on its own


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