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Makeup Primer – The Key To A Long-Lasting Look

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Add a makeup primer into your routine and you will see results instantly! Primers improve the appearance and wear of your mineral makeup. We take a look at what primers are, how they work and top tips for the best application.

What Is Makeup Primer?

A makeup primer, usually made from a dimethicone-based formula, retexturizes the skin to prepare it for the rest of your makeup. Dimethicone conditions and protects the skin against water loss and minimises the appearance of any fine lines.

Primers can come in a few different formats for different areas of the face. You should have a face primer to prepare the skin for foundation application and a shadow primer to enhance the pigment in your eyeshadow and really make it last.

Why You Need A Makeup Primer

A good face primer prolongs the wear of your mineral makeup whilst improving the appearance of foundation on your skin. What’s not to love? It’s a worthy investment to make because you will be using less foundation if you apply a primer as your prep step. Primers fill fine lines and blur any imperfections there may be on the skin, giving you a smooth surface to apply your foundation on to. Primers create a superior surface adhesion, so your makeup really sticks and lasts for longer, especially in extreme weather conditions.

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How To Apply A Primer

  1. The first step of your routine should always be to apply moisturiser. Allow it to sink in for about 15-20 minutes so you are working with a well hydrated surface.
  2. Using a pea-sized amount of face primer onto a dome shaped brush, apply a light layer all over the face. Start with the t-zone (nose, forehead and chin) and work your way outwards. The dome-shaped brush will give the same kind of pressure as your finger, without the spread of bacteria.
  3. If you’ve used a transparent primer then follow with your foundation application. If you have used a tinted primer this can be worn alone as a foundation alternative or layered underneath your foundation for extra coverage.

Something else that might interest you is the block-priming technique. Especially for those of us with combination skin, one primer might not suit the needs of all areas of the face.  Check out our tutorial here.

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