Just as a painter uses primer to create a good base for paint, you need to apply a good primer product before adding foundation and makeup to your skin.
Primers are often in the form of a cream or gel and are designed to minimize your pores to create a nice base for your foundation. They are very important to use if you plan on being in hot weather, because without a good primer, your makeup can wear off and move out of place.
Generally your primer should be applied after moisturizing your skin. This will create a smooth surface, and help blend your foundation easily with your skin tone. Some primers will even help with the challenges of uneven skin tones by hiding age spots, preventing breakouts, and evening out the dryness of your skin.
Certain primers contain silica (silicone dioxide) which controls the shine of your skin to eliminate the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
The Right Foundation
Just as important as finding the right primer is finding the correct foundation for your skin. Foundation is key in pulling everything together for a flawless makeup application.
When looking for a proper foundation, an important component is aiming for a product that is closest to your skin tone. Additionally, you should go for a foundation that suits your type of skin whether it be oily, dry, or a combination.
Words like “oil-free” or “oil-control” in a liquid or powder foundation are good for oily skin, and phrases like “hydrating” or “moisture-rich” within stick and liquid foundations work well for dry skin. For combination skin, a cream to powder base will be effective so that you can distribute oil-absorbing makeup exactly where you need to without leaving visible lines.
Having the right foundation in addition to a good primer will set you up for success. When choosing both remember to keep in mind your skin tone, skin type, the climate of the day, and what you are planning to accomplish with your makeup appearance. You are now ready to pick the right products, get out there and look beautiful!