The Beauty Rookie Edit | Everything you need to know about primers

Hey there you lovely peeps. Okay so today I’m going to do another post under this blog series well I help you (who are just beginning to get into all things beauty) out! I know when I started, boy was the learning curve steeps and I’m still learning new things and techniques and tips every day.

I have done one of these posts before, click here to see it.

So today I thought I’d talk about the topic of primer. I know that when I first dived into makeup I actually had never heard of a primer before and the entire world of primers can be confusing so here I am to punch that confusion in the face.

So let’s get started!

What is a primer?

A primer is a product you apply underneath your foundation to aid the function of your foundation. It basically makes it work and look better.

Is it a gimmick?

No it is not a gimmick. If you find that you’re makeup wearing is perfectly fine and you aren’t currently using primer, then you probably have a pretty easy and user-friendly skin type. One that doesn’t melt your foundation or act bone dry so your foundation goes on cakey. To you guys I say you’re lucky. There are primers that are more neutral (for many different skin types and for those skin types who don’t need primer). I’ll get into that in a minute. But basically primer isn’t a gimmick. It does make a difference. It may take a while to find one you like, that’s just the way it goes when you get into beauty. You don’t much about your skin type or have a frame of reference to know what could or won’t work. So hang in there.

What types of primers are there?

There are quite a few kinds of primer. Now I’m going to go into this in a lot of detail in a completely different post AND recommend you primers based on each category. But in a nutshell there are 5 kinds of primers roughly.

  • Primers that boost the wear of your foundation (these can be mattifying or just ones that help your foundation stay on better)
  • Pore filling primers
  • Hydrating and/or smoothing primers
  • Color correcting primers
  • Illuminating primers (these one’s aren’t particularly need base, they’re literally for giving you a glowing complexion, they don’t do much else. Some may give some hydration)

How do I know what primer I need?

Is your foundation fading quickly? Do you find your skin is dry and you wish it was easy to apply your foundation? Are you pores enlarged? Do you have redness or discoloration? They are the kinds of things you should take into consideration when trying to figure out if you really really need a primer.

Are there good drugstore primers

I so far haven’t tried any high end primers. I do have dry/dehydrated skin with only a shiny t-zone. So I am able to get away with it a little more. I know when you have oily skin it’s much more difficult and you need a boss ass primer. But for normal to drier skin types, there are wonderful primers out there that are affordable.


And that wraps up this post. I hope it was helpful for you guys that are trying to figure out primers. I will be writing up a completely separate post on the types of primers. So stay tuned for that. I hope you guys have a great day and I’ll see you in the next post.

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  1. Zoe

    January 23, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    I use a hydrating primer because my skin is extremely dry and it makes such a difference, great post lovely xxx

    Zoe ♥ MammafulZo ♥

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      January 23, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Yes hydrating primers are a must for me! x

  2. Emily

    January 24, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I love a good pore filling primer! To be honest I didn’t know there were so many! I think I gravitate towards the pore filling ones the most. 🙂


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      January 24, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      There never use to be but there have been so many categories established which is a good things as we have so many different skin types and skin issues. I find myself using at least 2-3 different primers on my face – a hydrating/dewy one, a pore filling one and a mattifying one for my t-zone.

  3. Danielle Alexa

    January 24, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    I used to think primers were somewhat of a myth, now I cannot put on my makeup without using one!

    Danielle xx

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      January 24, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      I use to be the same. It’s normal when you first start using primers to run into a few duds but when you find those that make your foundation appear amazing – it’s a game changer.

  4. Tammy Caciola

    January 24, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    I just started using primers a couple of years ago! They really do make all the difference!
    xx Tammy

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      January 25, 2018 at 12:25 am

      oh 100% they do! I feel naked when I wear makeup without a primer

  5. Yiota

    January 25, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    This post is super informative. I don’t wear a primer that often since I use a BB cream for every day use but when I use foundation I use one since it minimizes my pores and makes my skin smoother.


    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      January 25, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you, that was my intention. Depending on one’s skin type depends on whether they can get away with skipping a primer every now and then.

  6. rachel

    January 25, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    I still haven’t found a primer that I’m in love with yet as there is just so many to choose from! I have combination skin so my skin gets oily easily, I did like the maybelline baby skin primer though! x

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    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      January 26, 2018 at 12:02 am

      Finding the right primer can be so difficult. Really it’s just a lot of trial and error. I find doing a lot of research and googling about primers can help because there are a few cult favourite primers that float around – I hear for more oiler skin types the hourglass veil primer is raved about. I also reccomend checking out the youtuber Tati – She has skin on the oily side and she talks about a few holy grail primers of hers

  7. Sheena Sy Gonzales

    January 26, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Never knew primers were sooo important! Please share with us your holy grail primers 🙂

    Sheena |

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      January 26, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      They make a lot of difference! My skin type doesn’t give me too much grief but a primer I have been loving recently is the raww cosmetics wildberry boost primer.

  8. Katie

    January 26, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    This is a really helpful post! I have fairly normal skin but I still like to use a primer to help smooth and hydrate. I would like to try a pore-filling one! 🙂

    1. The Makeup Aficionado

      January 26, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you. I am glad you found it helpful!

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