Primer is a must-have tool for every makeup bag, but do you really need it? The answer is maybe. Makeup primer works well to extend the wear of makeup, but the newest formulas go beyond that by blurring fine lines, filling in pores, and providing color correcting benefits. While primer certainly has a place in the cosmetic industry, it’s not for everyone. Depending on your skin type, applying a primer before your makeup can actually do more harm than good.

Eye Shadow Primers

Eye shadow primers are used exclusively for the eye area to prevent makeup from fading or rubbing off throughout the day. If you have oily eyelids, then an eye shadow primer is a must. Begin by removing any excess oil on your eyelids with an oil-free makeup remover. Next, apply your primer followed by your eye shadow.

Mascara Primers

Mascara primers are designed to make your eyelashes appear longer and thicker, while providing extended wear. Whether or not you need a mascara primer will depend on the look you’re trying to achieve. For those with naturally long and thick lashes, a mascara primer isn’t necessary. If you want to add length and volume to your lashes, or simply want to help your mascara stay on longer, a thin coat of primer will do the trick.

Foundation Primers

One of the more common types of primer is the foundation primer. Many women apply it directly before their foundation to help correct hyperpigmentation and create a smooth base. If you have dry skin, a primer might add to the dryness. Instead, use a moisturizer under your makeup or invest in a hydrating primer. For women with oily skin, a regular primer can help keep your makeup in place longer.

For many, primer is a highly beneficial product that helps them achieve long-lasting makeup. As there are many types of primers on the market, it’s best to shop around until you find one that works for you and your specific skin type.


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