Using a primer before applying makeup is all about personal preference. I personally like using a primer because it provides for a smooth, even base to apply your makeup to. Just like painting a wall in your house, you want to provide a nice even base to your wonderful paint job. The same thing applies when putting makeup on your face. The more even your base underneath, the more even and flawless your makeup will look when applied.
What exactly is primer? A makeup primer is a clear or tinted gel (or liquid) applied to the face before putting makeup on to conceal uneven skin. It also helps your makeup to stay put longer.
The primer would normally go on after washing your face, and applying a moisturizer. When I prime, I like to wait a few minutes and let the moisturizer set in on my face and dry first. Next, I would apply the primer, using my hands. I use a bean-sized amount to fully apply to my face, working it into my skin. Then, I would let my primer dry, and apply my makeup routine as usual.
There are many great primers out there on the market. I’ve tested a few of them and my favorite one is the translucent “Photo Finish” by Smashbox. It is oil free, which is great for acne prone skin.
You can buy the 1 fl oz, but I always buy the .5 fl oz because they are smaller, portable and last an extremely long time. A little bit goes a long way with this product.
Put your best face forward and try a primer to see if you like it. With so many to choose from, you’re bound to like one of them! To prime or not to prime? It’s all up to you.