Friday, August 6, 2010

What is a Foundation Primer? And Do I Need it?

Summer can be a frustrating season for makeup wearers because it often requires a different approach to applying cosmetics. With hot summer weather, it can sometimes be difficult to keep your makeup from sweating right off your face. Nobody wants to see sweat streaks ruining their eye makeup or foundation!

Face Primers

Face primers are like a lotion you apply before you put on foundation; all you have to do is take about a pea-sized amount and dab it all over your face. Try to get an even amount on all areas of your face.
Question: What is a Foundation Primer? And Do I Need it?
Answer: Just like you prime a wall before you paint it, you can prime your face before you apply foundation. Primers are a relatively new concept in the makeup industry (they became popular in the last couple years) and you'll notice they've popped up everywhere. They actually work much like a moisturizer under your foundation does: they ease the application of foundation and are meant to create a barrier between foundation and skin.

Makeup artists swear primers go one step further than moisturizers: They'll even out skin tone, help your makeup stay on longer and absorb oil with salicylic acid.

Other benefits, according to Laura Mercier:

1. They allow foundation to "stay put" in hot weather.
2. Help prevent skin from absorbing talc and pigment from your foundation as well as preventing talc from drawing oil from the skin.
3. They contain botanicals such as lavender, orange, jasmine, rose, geranium, grape, kiwi and aloe extracts to soothe and refresh the skin. 

One of the final benefits to using a foundation makeup primer is that you will use less of your makeup. Instead of your foundation absorbing directly into your skin, the primer acts as a base, with the foundation adhering to the primer rather than the skin itself. With a primer reducing the imperfections of the skin's surface, less product is required to cover those areas.

There are different primers available suiting different skin types.
Below mentioned Images are courtesy of Musing of Muse

How to use primer ?:
  1. Moisturize your skin and let your daily moisturizer soak into your skin for a few minutes
  2. Apply a dime-sized amount of your foundation primer to clean fingertips
  3. Gently rub into the skin as you would your moisturizer, paying special attention to the T-Zone areas and fine lines and wrinkles
  4. Wait one to three minutes before applying your foundation
*see how i applied primer in start of my video here

Do you use makeup primers? What primers or other products do you use to keep your makeup looking fresh? Let me know!

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  1. omg Laura Mercier are liars! You really don't need to worry about you skin absorbing talc or pigment, that just doesn't happen. And of the following: lavender, orange, jasmine, rose, geranium, grape, kiwi and aloe extracts, all of these are potent skin irritants except aloe. Irritation causes aging and acne. Most skin care routines have some silicone in them that prepares skin for foundation like a primer does.

  2. thank you so much for this post. was really helpful :)

  3. Hope the product's is good. Thanks for the post.

  4. good, helpful information :)

  5. I don't use primers as I don't think they make a huge difference in my makeup.


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