There are girls who wouldn’t last a day without using a primer before their makeup session. And there are others (some lucky) who just don’t seem to care about using one. That said, primers are a major part of the beauty routine. Playing an important role in prepping the skin, a good primer is almost like fine silk lingerie; it holds things in place so that everything you put on it looks better (word). A primer works as a base and like most of you know, it is essential for your makeup to stay in place.
Today, it’s not about which primer to use for your skin type. The relevant question though is, which primer should you use and for which feature. Do you have oily skin? There’s a primer catering to that. Need to boost your lashes? Yes, there’s a product (read: primer) for that as well. Want your lipstick to last longer? We’ve got primers for that too. If you’re someone who doesn’t want your makeup to smudge before noon, scroll down to find out about the different primers available for different facial features.
Hair prep is something we’re all familiar with; and heat protectant creams, as well as sprays, have been around for ages. Which is also why people are rather dubious about using a hair primer. When should you use one? Hair priming formulas work best when the product’s put on your hair either before or during a shower, or right before you blow dry. Whether it’s to reduce frizz, amplify volume or prevent damage, there’s a potion for you.
Even out your skin by minimising the appearance of pores, wrinkles, and fine lines with a skin primer. Using this product also leads to the easy application of foundation and concealer. From controlling oil to hydrating your skin, there is a primer out there for all of you ladies. Use a mattifying primer if you have oily skin. Those of you with parched skin should opt for illuminating primers to give you a bit of glow.
Do you know what it feels like to have your lipstick smear away from your lips halfway through a dinner you’re at? Then you’ll probably understand the importance of a lip primer. It makes sense to invest in this product if you’re looking to prolong your lipstick’s lasting power. Some of these primers even prevent the lipstick from feathering into your skin. What more does a girl want?
Oh, remember that awful moment when your eyeshadow settles into the creases of your eyelid (sigh). Holding a grungy smokey eye in place all day long is a different ball game altogether. Our eyelids tend to be oilier than our face, which is why eye makeup usually ends up creasing if you don’t use a good eye base. An eye primer is a perfect solution, as it creates a smooth base for your eyeshadow to glide on. It also keeps the colour in check all day.
Of course, the world of primers doesn’t just end at the eyes. You need a primer to boost your lashes too. Yes, there is such a thing. Lash primers usually amplify sparse lashes and give your mascara a solid fringe to work on. Limit your mascara to just about two coats if you don’t like your lashes too clumpy. Flutter away, girls!