5 Reasons to Use Primer

Curious about primer? We can help. Here are reasons primer should be part of your routine

Learn why primer should be a part of your beauty regimen

Adding yet another tool to your makeup kit can seem like a hassle. However, if you could have your makeup last longer, brighten your skin-tone, add or take away moisture (depending on your skin type), fill in pores, and correct discoloration, would you do it?

While it make seem like just another makeup item to clutter your vanity, a good primer can do all those things, and sometimes more.

Longer-lasting Makeup

Primer can help your makeup last longer throughout the day. With each part of your face comes a specified primer. And while that does seem to be a bit of overkill, buying primer for your lips, eyes, eyebrows, and skin will help your makeup stay fresh-looking throughout the day.

There is a consensus that primers will help keep makeup lasting longer (which, in turn, saves you more money with fewer reapplications). But some primers will add extra hold to your makeup too. An example would be if you used eyelid primer and then put eyeshadow on top — it would be harder to smear your eyeshadow.

If you wonder how long is longer-lasting, some primers boast about a fifteen-hour stay.

Brighter Skin-tone

Some primers have particles that can add glitter or a tint to your makeup, but all primers will add a brighter tone to your skin, simply by adding it on. Adding primer to your daily routine will give your skin a softer glow can entice people to try it. However, even just adding a primer to your face without makeup will give you a natural-looking glow on its own.

Moisturize or Matte

Primer can work with different skin-types too. If your skin is extra dry (or just dry), adding moisturizing primer to your skin will hydrate it throughout the day. This process can eliminate the use of a facial lotion that could clog your pores.

If your skin has more oil and the thought of adding moisture makes you want to run screaming from primer, fear not — there are matte primers to get rid of extra moisture as well.

Using a matte primer on oily skin will help take away a natural shine of oil, while still keeping your skin healthy and glowing.


Most of the primers in today’s market not only add or reduce moisture, help your makeup last longer, they also act as a filler that can fill in wrinkles and help diminish the look of pores — to almost invisibility.

Using your fingers to apply the primer will add the bonus of getting into the harder spots that a brush, applicator, or sponge may not be able to get.

Correcting Discoloration

A primer will correct discoloration on your skin as well. If you have freckles, dark spots, red spots, acne, or something else, adding primer to the area can help reduce the look of discoloration and even out your skin tone.

The great thing about primer and skin-tone is that it also adds a layer of protection between your skin and the makeup you are wearing (if not wearing the primer alone). The extra protection can help keep your skin healthy while keeping the discoloration blurred from the outside world.

Other Reasons for Primer

Using primer on your eyelashes, eyes, lips, and eyebrows will help fill areas that makeup wouldn’t reach such as the area around your lips that would bleed onto your skin instead of staying inside your lip lines.

Lip primer is a nice example of how longevity and staying power can help reduce the amount for reapplication.

Primer can be used to even out makeup, stop eyeshadow from creasing in your lids, and for adding a more lustrous glow to your skin. With a multitude of other reasons, even applying primer with no makeup can give your face a different style and add a nuance to your makeup routine.

Finding the right primer for your skin type and style in your daily makeup routine will help alleviate the frustration of adding another step, but it will be well worth your efforts when you find the primer rhythm.

Resources — Adore Beauty, Allure, Fashioners, HuffPost