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.