Monday, March 31, 2014

Primer 101

Hello everyone!

Make-up primer is one of those beauty products that can make a big difference in the look and wear of your make-up.  It preps your skin for make-up and creates a smooth base.  Even if you are happy with the foundation you are currently using, a layer of primer underneath can bring it to a whole new level.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you learn how to apply make-up primer:
  • Moisturise: Apply a light moisturiser before your primer and allow it to fully absorb into your skin for a few minutes.  Primer is applied after sunscreen and moisturiser and before any foundation or tinted moisturiser.

  • Blend: A little primer goes a long way, so apply a pea sized amount with your fingertips and starting in the centre of the face, work your way out.  You can also apply the product with a damp foundation wedge sponge.  Be sure you cover all areas as evenly as possible, use a little extra in places where your make-up tends to wear off quickly, such as in the T-zone or over large pores.

  • Apply foundation: Once your primer is on, allow a few minutes for it to set before applying foundation.

  • Finish with powder: To really lock in your make-up, apply a dusting of translucent powder over your base, specifically focusing on the T-zone area where make-up tends to slide off first due to oil production.
Tips:
Tinted formulas: If your skin is dull, light pink primers can add a glow.  Lilac shades  brighten pale skin, and green formulas neutralize redness.
Eye primers: Gently patted around the eyes and on the lids.  Eye primers prevent make-up from creasing, soften crow's-feet, and eliminate redness.
Acne: Skip any spot treatments if your primer already contains anti-acne ingredients (like salicylic acid or tea tree oil).

Do you use a make-up primer?  Tell me how it works for you in the comments section below!


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