“Keeps your makeup in place throughout the day!”

Do you want to extend the coverage and longevity of your makeup? Then, primer is your answer. Primer works as a magical ingredient in your makeup which will increase its coverage and longevity in the blink of an eye!
 
There are loads of primers available in the market, but choosing the correct one is quite a hectic task! But, when you finally get your perfect primer, suitable for your skin type, then you are good to go!
 

What exactly is a primer?

Some of you might be wondering, why do we even need a primer? What is a primer?
Primer is a cosmetic product which is applied before doing makeup, helps in increasing the longevity and time duration of your makeup, keeps them in place and also gives you coverage.
 

What ingredients to look while buying primer?

 
Look for green tea extracts, antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E, A, etc.
 

Primers according to skin type:

Primer isn’t that thing where you can say, “one size fits for all”. It totally depends on your skin complexion, so the first step towards your “ideal primer” would be to know your skin type. There might be a case where one primer is suitable for your best friend but not support your skin that efficiently.
 

1. Oily/acne prone skin – matte formula

The worst thing about having an oily/acne prone skin is no matter how much amazing makeup products you apply on your face, there is a big chance that your makeup will not stay in the place you left it before and start melting off your face gradually.
 
Oily skin makes your makeup products slippery and then, here comes the vital role of using matte formula primer, only in that case you can have flawless and smooth finish for longer duration of time.
 
Basically, these primers swallow up the sweat and oil and gives your skin a matte look.
 
How to choose matte formula primer?
 
If you have acne prone/oily skin, look for non-comedogenic primers and ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, etc.
 

2. Dry skin – hydrating/moisturizing primers

Dry skin tends to have smaller pores and experience flakiness, lack of moisture, irritation and roughness. Along, with that dry skin also looks dull and devoid of glow and has dry patches.
 
People those who have dry skin must opt for hydrating and moisturizing primers. It will give you a creamy and smooth look.
 
Some primers are also even labeled as dewy, hydrating and moisturizing.
 
How to choose a hydrating primer?
 
Look for ingredients in a primer which contains propylene glycol, hyaluronic acid, glycerol/glycerin, etc.
 

3. Combination skin

Dealing with combination skin is the toughest job one can go through, as your face both has dry and oily areas. Telling it in simple words; there are some dry as well as oily areas on the same face.
 
In this condition, your skin can face both flakeness and shine. Your T zone (shape forming forehead to nose and chin) might appear oily and other areas may seem dry.
 
You can overcome this obstacles by going through either of these 2 solutions:
 
1st solution- Go for a neutral primer that isn’t too hydrating and not too mattifying.
 
2nd solution- You can have both hydrating as well as matte primers, apply matte primer to oily areas and hydrating primer to dry areas.
 
In this way, you can achieve that even  and smooth canvas you have dreamt of.
 

4. Normal skin – hydrating primers

Basically, normal skin is a mixture of oily and dry skin which means not too oily and not too dry.
People with normal skin  must go for hydrating and moisturizing formulas as the dry matte formula can make your face look very dull and sallow.
 
Normal skin has medium sized pores, not too small and not too large.
 

5. Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin tends to appear red when you apply the product which is not suitable for your skin type. So, choosing the correct type of primer for sensitive skin is essential as the other products won’t work out the way, as they would work on other’s skin.
 
How to choose a sensitive skin primer?
 
Look for primer that is free from any oil, fragrance, paraben, silicone, alcohol and look for ingredients such as Vitamin C, E, green tea extract, ginger extract, turmeric, chamomile, etc.
 

6. Mature/aging skin – antiaging primer

If you are in your late 30s, and are worried that the small lines and wrinkles developing on your face can steal your thunder, then you must go for anti-aging primers.
 
Anti-aging primers not only hides your wrinkles and fine lines but also repairs your skin at the same time.
 
How to choose anti-aging primer?
 
Select a primer that is filled with antioxidants, Vitamin C, niacinamide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, etc.
 

7. Uneven skin tone – Color correcting primers

If you have different color areas on the face, for example some areas are a little darker or lighter than the other one, then you must go for color correcting primers.
 
If you have,
 
Dark spots – Look for peach(orange) colored primers. It will radiate your deeper skin tone and enhance your beauty.
 
Redness on skin/rosacea/acne – Look for green primers for red area and limit your application to those areas only.
 
Sallow skin tone – Look for primers lavender/lilac colored.
 

How to apply a primer?

  • Take a pearl sized primer on your finger.
  • Make small dots on your face keeping a particular space from each other.
  • Now blend that primers into your face with the help of fingertips of your hand.
  • Now before moving towards next step, let your primer settle down/absorb in your face for 30 seconds.

Always apply primer after applying moisturizer and before your makeup routine.

Conclusion:

Although primer being the base of your makeup ritual, it is often not paid much attention, but if you want a flawless makeup look and yet long lasting then using a primer is essential.