Create a dewy, glowy base that will help your makeup last throughout the day

You might be thinking that a makeup primer is just one more step to add to your morning routine that probably won't make much of a difference. But you'd be wrong. Adding a primer as a base can make a huge difference to the longevity, texture and overall finish of your makeup. Gliding over pores, fine lines and rough patches, primers create a smooth canvas for applying foundations, BB creams and concealers, and will help your makeup last throughout the day.

Here are five tips, tricks and reasons to get you motivated to try a face primer...

 

1. Apply on clean skin

Just as you would do with foundation or any other cosmetics, apply primer on freshly cleansed, moisturized skin. Let your skin care products absorb for a couple of minutes, then use your foundation brush to evenly distribute the primer on your face. You can then use your fingertips to apply it to specific problem areas like blemishes, dryness or dark circles.

 

2. Go easy

When applying primer, make sure you use a pea-sized amount. A little goes a long way with this miracle product and if you use too much, your makeup may end up sliding around your face instead of melting into your skin. As the consistency is lightweight and not at all greasy, you'll feel the difference in texture immediately, even with a small amount. 

 

3. Make it last

One of the main reasons face primers are so popular is because they help keep your makeup in place longer. The natural oils in your skin break down even the most long-wearing products, so using a primer can give your foundation a more matte surface to stick to. They also act as a shield and block any dust or water that may cause your makeup to wear off, especially when the air is hot and humid.

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4. Reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pores

If you have large pores or deep lines in your skin, you'll know from experience that when applying foundation or any other base, the product can sit in those little creases and actually make them more visible. A primer will help minimize imperfections and leave you with a smooth base, "primed" for your next layer of makeup. It's important to note that even though primers covers pores, they do not block them, making them suitable for all skin types, including acne-prone. 

 

5. Prevent shine

We all love a natural glow, but those with oily skin certainly know the difference between dewy and greasyand that's when a primer can come to the rescue. Sebum is an oily substance produced by your body's sebaceous glands and is the cause for most oily skin concerns. When is mixes with liquids. such as foundation, it breaks down the formula and you're left with patches of oily skin where the makeup can't hold. The beauty of a primer is that it prevents oil from disturbing the makeup by soaking up any excess sebum and minimizing oily shine.