Primers, whether they’re for your complexion, lips or eyes, help to prepare the skin for make-up. The aim of primers is to smooth your complexion and boost your make-up’s staying power.
This means all that hard work you put into applying your make-up in the morning doesn’t go to pot after a few hours in the office.
Even if you’re already a primer enthusiast, the following tips will open your eyes to new ways of using primer…
1) Try a tinted formula
Most standard primers are colourless, but if your skin is dull or red, you may benefit from trying a tinted product. Pink primers help to add a glow to lifeless complexions, while lilac shades help to brighten sallow skin. If your face is prone to redness, a green formula can help to reduce this.
2) Don’t overdo it
If you use too much primer it can pool and build-up under your foundation, which isn’t great for your skin. Less is more with primers, so be sure to use a small drop only.
3) Prime your eyes
Dedicated eye primers are designed to smooth and perfect the eyelid before you apply eye make-up. This helps to prevent the dreaded eye shadow crease and keeps your eyeliner in place all day long.
4) Be gentle on acne
If you’re using a primer that contains anti-acne ingredients, such as salicylic acid, skip any further spot treatments. Using too many acne-fighting products at once can irritate the skin and cause flare-ups.
5) Prime your lips
Lip primer can help your lipstick last longer and prevent feathering. If you don’t have a dedicated lip primer, use one designed for your face instead.
6) Smooth your décolletage
The silicones in primers help to smooth the complexion and fill out lines, so they work rather well when applied to the décolletage area. Dab on a little primer to your neck, chest and hands for smoother, younger looking skin.
If you find you are battling with shine on a daily basis, check out our ‘five ways to stay shine free‘ blog for some anti-shine tactics.
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