How to apply primer correctly: life hacks that not everyone knows

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Life hacks for makeup. Source: Created with the help of AI

Often, despite all the efforts, makeup looks poor: concealer streaks and foundation starts to slide into wrinkles. Most mistakes occur at the stage of preliminary application. Many people ignore the use of a primer, considering it a waste of money – and in vain.

A high-quality primer can be a game changer in makeup. It will not only facilitate the application of cosmetics but also ensure that the makeup will last as long as possible. Makeup artists told us about the most effective life hacks for using a primer.

Why use a primer

Primer creates a smooth canvas for your makeup, providing an even foundation. Famous makeup artist Jamie Greenberg noted that it is a kind of shield before the main makeup application, which also helps to reduce the appearance of pores.

The scope of primers goes far beyond simple makeup. Eyeshadow primer, for example, prolongs the life of any eye cream, reduces oiliness, and prevents the creasing of the eyeshadow.

Lip primers help lipstick last longer, although some are also designed to help maintain moisture. An eyelash primer can help lengthen and separate lashes to create the perfect starting point for mascara application.

If you have dry skin, look for moisturizing primers that contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Products for oily skin are usually made up of absorbents that absorb excess oil from the skin, leaving a powdery, matte finish.

If you want a radiant finish, choose a luminizing primer. If you have mature skin, you should use a smoothing product to help even out skin texture.

How to apply primer correctly: life hacks that not everyone knows

Silicone or water-based primer

Silicone primers are great for smoothing skin and concealing enlarged pores. If you have dry skin or an uneven texture, this is the choice for you, but those with oily skin should avoid silicone-based primers as they tend to have a dense texture.

Water-based primers are lighter and act almost like a moisturizer. Many water-based primers have a matting effect, which can be good for oily skin.

Rules for applying primer

  • The primer is applied after the skincare step, but immediately before face makeup. Everything related to skin care, including sunscreen, should be used before the primer.
  • To get the most out of it, you need to let the primer be completely absorbed by the skin before applying the foundation.
  • Apply the primer to the entire face.
  • Do not apply the main makeup too quickly after applying the primer.

The only drawback may be that the primer adds a little more time to your daily routine, but the result is worth the extra few minutes.

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