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What Does Primer Do? 6 Reasons You Need a Makeup Primer

Your Complete Guide to Makeup Primer

What does primer do? It's a question we receive all the time. If you're wondering whether you really need a makeup primer, we say absolutely! Here’s why:

1). Makeup primer creates something for your base to “stick” to so it lasts.

Makeup primer will be your best friend if you want to keep your makeup looking fresh all day. Who doesn’t want that?

Bonus: It’s also a great way to sneak in extra SPF. Not every primer contains sunscreen ingredients, but some do! We love La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen because it offers an SPF of 50, as well as antioxidants to help treat and prevent premature signs of aging.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen. What Does Primer Do.

2). Makeup primer has a uniquely silky texture and superior smoothing powers.

The majority of primers contain silicone-based polymers that not only give them a silky feel, but allow them to fill in any depressions in the skin. This includes large pores, fine lines, wrinkles and mild acne scarring.

jane iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener not only creates a flawless base, it also helps brighten and illuminate your complexion for a lit-from-within look. Algae extracts help firm and bind moisture, while aloe works to calm redness.

jane iredale Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener. What Does Primer Do.

3). Primer is a must for your eyes, too.

A great eyelid primer can help prevent eyeshadow from creasing and hold it in place all day long. Now available in six shades, jane iredale Smooth Affair for Eyes can be worn alone or under your favorite eye makeup to help the colors stand out and stay smudge-proof.

jane iredale Smooth Affair for Eyes. What Does Primer Do.

4). Makeup primer is not just for a full face of makeup.

It’s true that the primary purpose of makeup primer is to create a smooth, long-lasting base for your favorite face makeup, but you’ll find that it also comes in handy when you just want to blur imperfections and control shine.

Take minimalist makeup to the next level with Glo Skin Beauty Tinted Primer SPF 30. It’ll give you just enough of a skin blurring effect while still looking (and feeling) sheer and lightweight.

Glo Skin Beauty Tinted Primer SPF30. What Does Primer Do.

5). Makeup primer is best served warm.

By that, we mean warmed in your hand, of course! Rub primer between your palms or on the back of your hand to gently heat it, and then apply it with your fingers. The warmth allows the product to “melt” into your skin and provide natural-looking results.

We love Dermablend Poresaver Matte Makeup Primer because it mattifies skin while absorbing excess oil and reducing the appearance of pores. Plus, it's non-comedogenic, so it won't exacerbate acne or cause breakouts!

Dermablend Poresaver Matte Makeup Primer. What Does Primer Do.

6). You can mix up a primer “cocktail” and multitask.

Makeup primer can be blended with your favorite liquid foundation for sheerer coverage that still has staying power. Just warm a little primer on the back of your hand and add foundation by the drop until you reach a consistency and color that work for you.

Our favorite formula to multitask with is Youngblood Mineral Primer. It probably goes without saying, but this colorless, paraben-free base is also wonderful when used as a conventional primer—it’s packed with vitamins and minerals that help protect skin against environmental stress.

Youngblood Mineral Primer. What Does Primer Do.

Do you have a question about the purpose of makeup primer? Let us know in the comments below, or tell us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #LovelySkin!

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