Primer makeup: How to Apply, Uses and Benefits

Primer makeup: How to Apply, Uses and Benefits

Primer makeup does precisely what it says on the tin. It’s a primer that goes on after your skincare to provide the perfect canvas for any makeup that follows, such as foundation, tinted moisturizer, or concealer. 

A hyaluronic acid-infused face serum that improves moisture, a sunscreen that protects and softens the appearance of pores, or a classic silicone-based primer that smooths and blurs are all possibilities for your primer. Primers are almost always used after the last phase of skincare and before applying makeup.

Benefits of makeup primer?

Now that you know what a primer is let’s look at the benefits of using a makeup primer.

1. It helps seal pores

One of the advantages of utilizing a makeup primer is that it helps close your pores. 

If you use a liquid foundation, you already know that it can make your pores appear larger, regardless of how small they are. However, makeup primer takes all of this care by sealing pores and creating a blanket over them.

2. It’s simple to use

Another advantage of using a cosmetic primer is that it is quite simple to apply. Primers apply to your face in a similar way to lotion, but they’re considerably lighter and less greasy. 

Primer is applied as a liquid and then swiftly dry. Don’t worry; it’s not like you’ve had glue on your face or anything. Instead, it has a pillow feel to it.

3. Non-comedogenic

Most (but not all) makeup primers are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores or irritate your skin. Because of this, they won’t clog pores at all, so don’t worry if your skin is prone to clogged pores or acne.

4. It improves the appearance of the skin

By filling in tiny wrinkles and big pores, silicon-based primers produce an even, ideal canvas for foundation, resulting in a foundation that looks porcelain flawless.

Dimethicone, an emollient included in many other skincare products, is responsible for this effect.

5. Anti-aging

Although certain beauty primers may contain anti-aging chemicals, most primers do not have anti-aging qualities. 

However, because they smooth out tiny wrinkles, they make your skin appear much more youthful. This gives you a more youthful look and decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

6. It aids in the reduction of the appearance of acne

Makeup primers can help reduce the look of acne if you have it. While they don’t treat acne, they help disguise it better and more gently than a concealer. However, I still recommend wearing concealer after using primer.

7. It can perform tasks that your foundations couldn’t

Let’s say you prefer a hydrating and nourishing foundation. The issue is that your skin is already oily, and you don’t require any additional hydration. 

Certain primers can help you address your skin issues while also using the products you want. There are primers for almost every skin issue, including redness, oiliness, dryness, and acne proneness.

8. It prolongs the wear of makeup

The most significant benefit of using a primer is that it allows your makeup to last longer. Primers aid in the reduction of sweating through the pores, allowing your makeup to last longer. 

In addition, primers also serve as a natural barrier against dust, dampness, and particles that could cause your makeup to fade.

Is it possible for anyone to utilize primers?

Primers are often oil-free gel compositions that are easy to apply. They are perfect for women with oily or mixed skin since they control excess shine. 

Because primers hydrates and feeds the skin while reducing irritation, makeup primer can also aid sensitive or dry skin. Many primers also include SPF, which shields your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Can I wear primer without makeup?

Yes! We do it all the time! Basically, wearing primer without makeup can still give you skincare benefits and help give you that fresh face looks, sans the makeup.

Is primer the same as a moisturizer?

Well, primer is actually a cosmetic product that gives your makeup an even base for a smooth application and helps it last longer. To make it clearer to you, think of a primer as a barrier for your skin and your makeup products. 

On the other hand, a moisturizer is a skincare product you need to moisturize your skin. Moisturizers, just like primers, come in a variety of formulas specifically for different skin types. 

So if excess oil, dry skin, or a dull-looking complexion is your skincare issue, the right moisturizer will give the right amount of nourishment and can address other issues along the way. 

How to choose a makeup primer?

When it comes to buying the correct primer for yourself, knowing about the primer isn’t enough. Read on if you’re looking for a face primer or makeup primer and aren’t sure where to start. 

Because primer makeup should be chosen based on skin type and skin tone, it is critical to understand everything about primer relevant to your skin tone and type.

Primer makeup for dry skin

If you have dry skin, the most important thing to remember is to keep it hydrated and moisturized. Dry skin sufferers should try a super hydrating primer that absorbs into the skin and keeps it hydrated and moisturized. This skin type also benefits from an oil-based primer.

Primer makeup for oily skin

If you have oily skin, you should avoid using an oil-based primer because this type of skin produces excessive sebum. Instead, you should use a mattifying primer that gives you a matte finish because it will help your makeup last longer.

Primer makeup for combination skin

The combination skin type is characterized by oily and dry patches on the face. You might use a combination of oily skin primer and dry skin primer on the affected areas in this situation.

Primer makeup for acne-prone skin

Because of the oiliness and sensitivity of the skin, this skin type requires the most primer. If acne-prone skin isn’t handled properly, it’s like it’s ready to break out at any time. 

Because makeup can be harmful to acne-prone skin, using a primer before applying makeup is essential. Choose an oil-free or gel primer that absorbs rapidly and provides a smooth and flawless foundation for makeup.

Should you apply your primer or moisturizer first?

Now here comes the long-time question. Seriously, the truth is you should always apply your moisturizer before reaching for your primer.

As I pointed out earlier, the primary purpose of a moisturizer is to lock long-lasting moisture to keep dryness at bay. So, if you apply your primer first, then you seriously run the risk of sporting dry or lackluster skin.

Why? Well, primers are not formulated to moisturize. In fact, it can take a toll on your makeup look if it’s not correctly used, and I’m pretty sure you don’t want that.


  • Make primer the last step in your makeup routine.
  • Moisturizer should always be the first step in your skincare routine. 

If that’s clear, let’s move on to how to apply a primer.

How to apply primer

Now that you know that moisturizer comes before primer let’s see how to apply primer. The use of a cosmetics primer results in a smooth, flawless-looking complexion.  Take a look at the video below.

Step 1: Cleanse your skin

Primer makeup

Before applying your moisturizer, make sure your skin is nice and clean. You shouldn’t moisturize your face with all that dirt, oil, and impurities still there. Grab the Purify Rosehip Cleanser formulated with 10 naturally derived oils that work together to deeply cleanse and maintain moisture.

Step 2: Exfoliate

primer makeup

Now that you’ve cleansed your skin, it’s time to exfoliate. When you exfoliate, you get rid of dead skin cells from your skin. Then you feel that refreshed glow on your skin. Grab the Herbal Exfoliating Face Scrub to effectively remove dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface of your skin for a soft and supple finish.

Note: Watch out for how your skin reacts to exfoliation to make you aware of how often you should exfoliate.

Step 3: Moisturize

Make sure you use a moisturizer that suits your skin type. Grab the Prolong Lightweight Aloe Face Moisturizer. Aloe-infused water and Hyaluronic Acid, blended with Vitamins E, C, and B, create a botanical-rich formula to lock in moisture. Enjoy dramatic, long-lasting results, including non-stop hydration reversing the effects of dull, dry skin.

Step 4: Apply your prime

The next step is obvious. Isn’t it? Of course. By now, you are aware that face primer is an absolute must to ensure your makeup applies smoothly and stays in place. Once your moisturizer absorbs, use the Prepare Vitamin Boosted Primer to create a glowing base for the rest of your makeup.

Step 5: Wait before applying foundation

Wait for a few minutes after application for the primer to sink in and produce a smooth surface before applying your foundation.

Is primer makeup good for daily use?

If your pores are wide or you get breakouts from your makeup, you should start using primer. Makeup can slip into your pores without primer, causing discomfort and outbreaks.

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