Saturday, October 29, 2011

MUSINGS -- Do You NEED to Use a Face Primer?

Hey everyone! Today I have another "Makeup Musings" post for you. Have you ever wondered exactly what primer is and if you really need to use it when you apply your makeup? I used to wonder about it's effectiveness, too.. and I've tried my fair share of them.

Face primers prepare your skin for makeup application and create a base for you foundation to not only last longer, but look more natural and flawless on your skin. Most primers are silicone-based and oil and fragrance free. The silicone isn't able to be absorbed by your skin, so it sits on top creating a perfectly smooth layer for your makeup to adhere to by filling in any fine lines and wrinkles, instead of having those get filled in by your foundation. It also helps minimize the appearance of your pores. And think about this: since primers don't penetrate your skin, they provide a protective barrier and stop your makeup from clogging your pores, thus preventing future breakouts!

Primers work especially well for people with combination and oily skin, as they help control excess shine. However, people with normal and dry skin can also benefit from their use because they smooth the surface of the skin. They should be applied after your moisturizer and before foundation. I find it's best if I give my primer a few minutes to "set" before I apply my foundation or tinted moisturizer.

So, to conclude.. primers:
  • Smooth skin surface and even out skin tone
  • Create a protective base for longer-lasting makeup
  • Help keep oil and shine at bay
  • Fill in lines and wrinkles
  • Minimize the appearance of pores and
  • Prevent makeup from clogging pores

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Do you have a favorite primer? Mine is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I only need to use the smallest amount, so even though it's expensive, it lasts me forever! I'll put a picture of my current tube that I've been using for over a month with the amount that I use on a daily basis.. so you can see just how long it lasts me. I got my Smashbox sample in a Birch Box. For comparison, a travel size retails for $16 and is twice the size of my tube (0.5 fl oz).

If you're not currently using a primer, does this make you rethink them? I can honestly tell you that I was hesitant to try them, but now I would never do without them! As always, I love to hear your thoughts!