The Best Primer For Different Skin Types

Makeup lovers everywhere understand that primer is a must. Whether primer is a staple if – in? your makeup bag or you’re totally new to the wonderful world of primer, you can learn so much just by going back to basics when it comes to what primer does, how to apply primer, and which primer will suit your skin best!

This primer guide takes a deep dive into all of this and more, so if you’re looking to study up on all things primer and how it can help your makeup game, look no further…

What Is Face Primer?

Back to the absolute basics – what is primer? Primer is a beauty product that bridges the gap between skincare and makeup. Depending on which primer you choose, the colour and consistency may change (some are clear, some are tinted), but the results are largely the same.

By combining the benefits of skincare and makeup, primer conditions your skin so you have a beautifully smooth surface on which to apply your makeup – nourishing your skin and boosting the appearance of your makeup at the same time!

What Does Face Primer Do?

Put simply, primer gives you a smooth complexion which allows your makeup to look even better and last even longer. Plus, even if you aren’t planning on wearing makeup, a primer can even out your skin tone and calm any blemishes to give your skin a radiant glow all by itself.

What Are The Benefits of Wearing Primer?

Wearing primer either by itself or underneath your makeup can offer a multitude of benefits:

Anti-Ageing Properties

Many primers include anti-ageing ingredients designed to restore that youthful glow that keeps you looking fresh-faced throughout the day. Primers will complement any anti-ageing products you already use in your skincare routine.

Colour Correction

Discolouration of the skin is completely natural, but something that we often use makeup to combat. Primers can be the perfect way to even out any changes in your skin tone such as purple undereyes or red blemishes. By reducing discolouration with a primer, you won’t need to apply as much foundation or concealer to colour-correct.

Smoother Skin

Makeup alone doesn’t always cover up any blemishes in your complexion. Primer works to create a smooth and even canvas that makes it even easier for you to apply your makeup, and will actually help your makeup to stay on for much longer.

Moisturised Skin

Healthy skin is moisturised skin, and while the bulk of your hydration will come from specific moisturising skincare products, primer can keep that moisture locked in all day which not only means that your skin is properly nourished, but that your makeup won’t dry out throughout the wear either!

How To Apply Face Primer

Applying primer is easy, and the best part is that it doesn’t require any extra makeup tools!

  • Primer should complement your skincare routine, not replace it, so make sure that you begin by washing your face with a face wash and then apply a cleanser
  • If you have oily skin, it may be best to skip the moisturising part of your routine, but otherwise, make sure that you apply a moisturiser that suits your skin and will absorb properly to prevent pilling when combined with a primer
  • Squeeze a small amount of primer (pea-sized will work) onto your fingers and dot around your face (forehead, nose, chin, cheeks)
  • Lightly rub in the primer in a downward motion until it’s a thin layer
  • Allow between 3 to 5 minutes for the primer to set
  • You can either leave your skincare here and head out with a fresh face, or begin applying your makeup once the primer has been fully blended

How To Use Face Primer For Longer Lasting Makeup

More often than not, primer is used before makeup application. Thanks to its smoothing and moisturising properties, primer creates the perfect canvas for makeup application and promotes longevity in your makeup.

Because primer is moisturising, makeup such as foundation, concealer, blush, contour and eyeshadow is able to cling to your skin much easier, making it less likely to wear away or shift throughout the day. Plus, if you do find that your makeup could do with a little pick me up during the day, you can apply a touch of primer on top of your makeup for an instant refresh.

Best Primer For Different Skin Types

Depending on your skin type, there are a few different types of primers that will work best with your skin.

Best Primer for Normal Skin

If you find that your skin doesn’t tend to suffer from being too oily or dry, your pores aren’t too large or too small, or you don’t suffer from sensitive skin issues, it’s important to find a primer that doesn’t directly address any of these issues to maintain the balance of your skin. Illuminating primers are best for normal skin as they can work to blur pores and create a nourished, dewy finish that will last all day.

Best Primer for Dry Skin

Dry skin is the most complex skin type to choose a primer for. While you might think that any primer will offer you the dewy finish you’re looking for, the fact is that most primers create a shimmering sheen rather than replacing the nourishing function of a moisturiser – this means that ultimately, you could end up highlighting any dry patches rather than smoothing over them. Try to find a primer that is specifically a moisturising primer with a light and creamy texture. With dry skin, it’s best to try a few samples out before you buy a primer if you can!

Best Primer for Oily Skin

A mattifying primer is always the best choice for oily skin. Oily skin typically occurs when pores are on the larger side. Mattifying primers work to prevent skin from taking on that shiny appearance by minimising pores. If your skin goes beyond oily into acne territory, you’ll find that there are also anti-acne primers for you to choose from to help combat acne breakouts.

Best Primer for Combination Skin

Finding a primer that combats both oily areas and dry areas of your skin at the same time is no easy task! However, there are a couple of options to choose from. First of all, you can choose a neutral primer that doesn’t promise to mattify your skin too much or highlight any dry patches. Alternatively, why not invest in two primers? Choose a mattifying primer for those areas suffering from oily skin and another primer for any dry areas of skin.

Best Primer for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be irritated by so many environmental factors as well as the products you choose to use on your skin. The right primer can actually be great for sensitive skin as it provides an extra barrier between sensitive skin and any allergens in the air that could cause irritation. You’re best to look for low fragrance primer to minimise the risk of your skin reacting to the primer, or why not try a soothing primer that’s made with green tea extract and other calming ingredients?

Best Primer for Mature Skin

Mature skin can really benefit from a primer in both appearance and condition. Primer works to smooth over any wrinkles, and most primers contain sunscreen and antioxidants which work to protect your skin for great anti-ageing benefits. Look out for SPF primers and firming primers to rejuvenate your skin for makeup application.

Feeling ready to take the plunge with primer? Browse our full collection of primers, part of our makeup collection here at Beauty Base.

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