Power of Primer

26 Dec

If you add one thing to your makeup routine, let it be primer. If you don’t already use a primer on your face, eyes, or lips you are missing out! Here are 5 reasons you should use primer since…like yesterday:

1. It makes your skin a smooth canvas for your foundation or powders. No makeup will look good on anyone if it goes on over dry flaky skin. A good primer will also absorb oil and minimize any unwanted shine.

2. It helps your makeup last all day long. Without primer, your eyeshadow will crease in your eyelids by noon, your foundation will fade, and your lip stick will be long gone onto your morning coffee cup. Primer acts as a base for your makeup to better adhere to.

3. It can make your makeup more luminous. You can get face primers with a slight radiance to them which will make your foundation and face have a subtle glow. If your skin has some redness, you can get face primers with a green tinge which cancels out any redness.

4. Primers, especially on eyes and lips will cancel out uneven skin tones and create an even base for your makeup. This ensures your eye and lip colours go on evenly and “pop”.

5. Good primers will have antioxidants and other healthy skin benefits, and some even include sunscreen.

Face

I blogged about my fave face primer awhile back. Laura Mercier makes a wonderful one called Radiance Primer. It is very lightweight and has a silky consistency. It has a tinge of colour to it and really does help improve the look of your foundation or tinted moisturizer. The “radiance” part of adds some luminance to your foundation when applied on top.

Another great primer is Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15. What sets this primer out is that you can wear it on its own to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores. It is colourless, fragrance-free,  and very fluid. Veil Mineral Primer is formulated with naturally derived titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead of chemical sun-blocking agents, which provides gentle broad-spectrum sun protection.

Lips

My lips get extremely dry in the winter months, but thankfully Guerlain makes an antidote! Their Kiss Kiss Liplift is amazing. It feels very soft and minimizes any dryness or peeling on your lips so your lipstick or gloss goes on even and smooth. A nude colour, it also neutralizes your lip colour so your lipstick colour “pops”! Guerlain claims it will plump your lips with expandable microbeads- but take that with a grain of salt.

Eyes

Behold the power of eye primer! No more creasing. No more reapplying.

Eye primer not only evens out your eyelid colouring, but ensures your eyeshadow and liner stay in place all day. Eyeshadow tends to fade and gather in the crease of your eye without a good primer. My favourites are MAC Prep + Prime Eye and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube – Original. Both are great options with good reviews. The main thing with eye primer – you want one that is fragrance-free or else it could irritate the thin skin on your eyes.

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