Primers are meant to create the perfect base for your face makeup.
Without a primer your foundation may not look as good or last as long. In addition, primers make all of your face makeup: foundation, concealer, and even blush apply better. If you aren’t convinced, try a few samples from Sephora and apply them after moisturizer but before foundation too see a difference.
The key to having the perfect primer is to know what your skin needs. If you have dry skin, look for a primer that is very hydrating. A hydrating primer will make the skin look more youthful and radiant, and it will reduce the appearance of dry, patchy skin. The Too Faced primer and the MUFE Hydrating primer are great for those with dry skin. If you have large, visible pores, try a pore-filling primer. It will give the skin a smoother look and fill in the pores without clogging them. The Smashbox primer and Maybelline pore filler are great, silicone-based primers that won’t make the skin shiny or too matte but make the skin feel and look smooth. If you have oily skin, use a primer that will mattify your skin without drying it. Apply the primer to your oily zones and for extra shine control, apply a light layer of powder before the foundation. This will ensure that your oils will not peak through the foundation. The Becca primer and Nyx primer work extremely well. If your foundation doesn’t last long on the skin or you struggle with foundation fading after only a few hours, you need a primer that is a little tacky so that your foundation can literally stick to it. The Nivea men’s post shave balm for sensitive skin and the Sisley primer work great for foundation longevity.
Aside from face primers, eye primer is necessary for those who wear eyeshadow. Eyeshadow primer works to extend the wear time of your eyeshadow, so that there is not fading. You can use your favorite concealer to primer your eyes or try the Urban Decay primer, Mac paint pot, or P Louise eyeshadow base. To conclude, primer is made to extend the wear time of your makeup. I highly recommend using it if you wear a substantial amount of product on your face frequently.