How To Use Makeup Primer Like A Pro

Want a flawless face? We can help. Use our pro tips to apply a makeup primer

Get professional looks with our tips on using makeup primer

The world of cosmetics is changing more and more every day, and with new products coming into the fray you are going to have more of a selection. There are so many different cosmetics that we have in our daily routine that it can get confusing as to which ones we are going to use, but the result will be a one-of-a-kind look that helps defy the odds of aging. We’ve covered foundation and concealer but there's another important part of your makeup bag that's worth mentioning, and that's the primer. Your cosmetics should enhance the way that you look and feel; after all, that’s why you spend all that money on them right?

Well, to get the best results you want to take the time to heed professional advice when it comes to makeup application. The art of applying makeup takes quite a few different steps, and in the long run, you’ll be able to experience the finished results. Makeup primer is that middle ground between the foundation and the toner, which all work together to give your face a nice even look.

Primer helps to fill those large pores, wrinkles, and various imperfections that are on your face before you apply the toner. Utilizing the right facial primer will give your makeup a finished and overall excellent look while helping to minimize any imperfections that might come through on your foundation. Read on below as we take a look at how to use a primer like a professional from your own home.

What Is Primer For?

Well, as the name would suggest, primer is used for prepping your facial skin for the plethora of different cosmetics that you might use on it. Primer is there is in the same way that you’d use a primer on an oil painting or any other type of artistry; think of primer as a canvas for your face. Primer comes in all different shades and brands, and depending on your needs and how severe your facial imperfections might be, choosing the right brand can go a long way.

The right primer can be used to break up those fine lines on your skin, cover any scars or imperfections that have come from sports, and give your skin a solid backbone for your foundation to be applied. Now that you understand what primer is for it might make sense to add it to your cosmetics collection because you can’t go wrong with a solid primer when it comes to applying makeup.

How To Apply Primer Correctly

The primer should be the first step in your makeup routine, and before beginning your makeup routine you should finish any skincare that you do such as moisturizing and cleansing. A lot of people think that primer should be applied using a brush or a sponge but this couldn’t be further from the truth, because primer can be smeared pretty easily and this creates an uneven look. The best way to apply your primer initially is by using your fingertips and gently moving in a circular motion, creating a nice even effect.

Depending on the type of skin that you have, you'll want to squeeze about a quarter size amount of primer onto your finger and work it onto your face sparingly. Now, if your skin is dry you’ll want to go ahead and use as minimal of an amount as you can because the primer can create an oily effect. There are some cases where a primer can be used after your foundation but these are very rare, and for the most part, you want to make sure that you are using the primer as your first step.

What's The Right Primer To Use?

Choosing a primer is like choosing any other type of makeup, there's a certain amount of thought that should go into it. Different types of primers come in different shades, and types. There's the jelly pack primer, which is geared for those who suffer from extremely dry skin. Then there are the mineral primers, which are more of a natural approach to evening out the skin before you apply the foundation. And above all else, there are the traditional primers which come in various tones, and these are probably the choices that you are going to come into contact with most often.

Chances are that you are still new to using a primer on your facial skin, and that's quite alright. To find out which primer is the right one for you to use, you’ll want to take the time to examine your skin. You need to see how dry your skin is and how it reacts when you put different foundations and cosmetics on it, and then you can decide on which primer is going to be the right choice for you.

Resources—Allure, Makeup