Makeup artists and professionals in the beauty industry always talk about the importance of prepping your skin and creating a beautiful canvas. The way you prep your bare skin will translate into how your makeup will sit on your face. After moisturizing your face, using a primer is a game-changer. It evens out your skin and blurs your pores, which makes your makeup last longer. The beauty market is full of different types of primers. The types of primer makeup can get a little daunting, but there is nothing to worry about. Here is a quick guide of the types of primer for the face and which one you should pick out for yourself.
1. Matte primer
A matte primer is a god send for people with oily skin. A mattifying primer helps in blurring your pores, smoothening fine lines and helps your foundation stay in place for a long time. A silicone primer is mattifying in nature and also evens out your skin texture. It fills your pores and creates a smooth canvas for your face makeup to sit on top smoothly. Silicone based primers are also tacky in nature, which means they hold your foundation and concealer in place. Due to the tackiness and mattifying properties of silicone primers, they are ideal for people with oily skin as it ensures that their makeup won’t melt from their face or get creased.
2. Hydrating primer
Another popular type of primer is a hydrating primer also known as an oil based primer. This type of primer for the face is a boon for people with dry skin. A primer oil is usually formulated using oils that moisturize and nourish the skin along with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. An oil primer ensures that your skin is deeply nourished and has no dry patches. If your skin has dry patches, your makeup can collect in them and look cakey and creased. A makeup oil primer helps in an even and smooth application of your base products, including blush, contour and highlighter. If you belong to the dry skin family, this type of primer will ensure your makeup and skin don’t flake and stay creaseless all day.
3. Illuminating Primer
An illuminating primer does a very similar job as a silicone primer. The only difference in this type of face primer is that it adds a hint of sheen to your skin. So, when you apply foundation on top of a glowy primer, it makes your skin appear dewy and glass like. A dewy primer is great to use for special occasions and events as it will add a glow to your face.
4. Colour correcting primer
A colour correcting primer is a type of primer for the face that helps you counteract underlying skin tones. If you have purple dark circles under your eyes or rosacea, you can opt for coloured primers as they help you correct them and neutralize your undertone. For instance, a green colour correcting primer will help you cancel the redness on your face. Using a green colour correcting primer ensures that the redness won’t peek through your foundation.
While are several types of face primer, there are primers for your eyelashes, lips and, eyelids as well. The other different types of primer makeup are:
1. Eyeshadow Primer
If you have oily lids an eyeshadow primer will help mattify your eyelids and make your eyeshadow last longer. Applying some primer on your eyelids can ensure that your eyeliner also glides on smoothly and doesn’t budge.
2. Lip Primer
If you suffer from dry and chapped lips or have crusty lips after applying liquid lipstick, then a lip primer is a match made for you. This type of primer will ensure your lipstick lasts all day and not transfer. It also makes lipstick application easier as it prevents lipstick from bleeding. You can rock any colour, from a nude to a bold lip without worrying about it fading away.
3. Lash Primer
An eyelash primer has white fibers which coat your lashes. These fibers give your lashes volume and length as well. You can use an eyelash primer and add a couple of coats of mascara on top. This will give you wispy and fluttery lashes and make them look fuller.
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