If you are a beauty enthusiast like us, then you’d have well followed the trajectory of a face primer. From initially being a product that barely anyone but celebrity makeup artists would use, to becoming a product that every beauty junkie swears by, primers have come a long way.

From evening out your skin tone, blurring pores to making your makeup last longer, primers are those holy grail products that every girl who wears makeup definitely needs in her makeup kitty. But if you are someone who still hasn’t jumped onto the primer bandwagon, or don’t know how to correctly use the product, despite owning one, then you’ve come to the right place.

Ahead, we take you through this complete guide on how to use a face primer, what its benefits are, as well as some really common primer mistakes that a lot of girls tend to make.


1. What exactly is a face primer?

What exactly is a face primer?

Primer, as the name suggests, is the product that helps prime or prep your skin for the makeup to follow. It is the last step in your skincare routine after sunscreen and the first step of your makeup routine. Applying a primer creates a smooth, poreless skin canvas that makes your foundation and other makeup products go on a lot more smoothly. It also prevents your makeup from moving, creasing and budging, thereby making it last super long.

Wearing a primer before makeup creates a layer between your skin and makeup, thereby blurring out skin imperfections and also preventing the oil and sweat and from ruining your makeup a few hours after wearing it.


2. Different types of face primer

Different types of face primer

Not all face primers are the same or are suitable for all skin types. If your primer doesn’t give you the desired results, then there is a chance that you are using the wrong primer that is not meant for your skin type or isn’t suitable to your specific skin concerns. To help make this choice a lot easier, here are all the different types of face primers available in the market…

1. Mattifying primer –

If you have oily or combination skin types, then you’d greatly benefit from using a mattifying primer. As this type of primer is specifically created to keep excess oil and sweat at bay, it usually contains silicone to give you the desired results. This is what gives your skin a beautiful matte and oil-free look all day long. Additionally, this type of primer has a gel-based texture that works really well to blur out large pores that is a common oily skin concern.

2. Hydrating primers –

People with dry, parched and flaky skin should include a hydrating primer in their makeup routine. Enriched with moisturising and skin-loving properties, this type of primer helps reduce the appearance of flaky patches, thereby preventing your foundation from clinging to those dry spots and enhancing their appearance. Usually, these primers are silicone-free to prevent your skin from further drying out.

3. Tinted primers –

This type of primer is perfect for beauty minimalists, who don’t like the heavy coverage of foundation for everyday wear. Tinted primers are double-duty products that pack in the qualities of a primer coupled with just enough coverage to give your skin a more even and smooth finish.

4. Colour correcting primers –

If you have sensitive, easily irritated, red and angry skin, then you must invest in a colour correcting primer at the earliest. This type of primer helps neutralise uneven skin tone and reduces the need to wear too much foundation.

5. Illuminating primers –

This type of primer contains small, glitter particles, just like your highlighter. Applying a tiny bit of this product will make your skin appear illuminated, bright and healthy, making it perfect for girls with sallow, dull skin.


3. Benefits of wearing a face primer

Benefits of wearing a face primer


- Controls sebum production

Controls sebum production

As discussed earlier, a primer is an excellent choice for those of you with oily and combination skin. This is because most primers contain silicone, which forms a layer on your skin, prevents oil and sweat from mixing with your makeup and ruining it. The mattifying properties of a primer soak up excess oil, thereby minimising shine and giving your makeup a beautiful matte finish.


- Creates a smooth skin canvas

Creates a smooth skin canvas

Since primers form a layer over your skin, they do a very good job of concealing pores and other minor skin imperfections such as uneven skin texture and blemishes. This helps smoothen out your skin and gives it a more flawless look. Additionally, this means that your makeup tends to go on a lot smoother and settles to a very natural, skin-like finish.


- Makes your makeup last longer

Makes your makeup last longer

Since primers tend to control excess sebum and sweat, they prevent your makeup from budging for hours on end. Face primers provide your foundation something to cling on to, and prevent natural oils produced by your skin from breaking down the foundation. This is what makes your makeup stay on for hours together without the need for any sort of touch-up.


- Has skincare benefits

Has skincare benefits

A lot of primers are formulated using a number of skin-loving ingredients that end up largely benefitting your skin. Enriched with glycerin, hyaluronic acid and even aloe vera, face primers tend to supply your skin with an added dose of hydration, making it appear soft, supple and more conditioned. Additionally, a lot of primers tend to contain SPF, which works really well to protect your skin against harmful rays of the sun.


- Makes your makeup pop

Makes your makeup pop

Simply applying your face primer on your eyes or lips is a great way to bring out the true colours of the products and make them appear a lot more pigmented. The next time you feel like your eyeshadow doesn’t look quite as pigmented on your eyes as it does on the palette, you know what to do!


4. How to use a face primer

How to use a face primer

Step 01: After you’ve finished your skincare routine, wait for about five minutes to allow all the products to sink into your skin.

Step 02: Take a pea-sized amount of your favourite primer, dot it all over your place, especially paying attention to those areas that tend to get oily. Dab it into your skin; rubbing it will only shift and lift the product away, rendering it useless.

Step 03: After application, wait for two to three minutes before applying makeup. This provides time for the primer to settle into the skin and not get rubbed away while applying the rest of your makeup products.


5. Frequently asked questions about face primers

Frequently asked questions about face primers

Q. Do you really need a primer?

A. Primer is a product that helps your makeup stay on a lot longer and makes it appear absolutely flawless. So if you are someone who frequently has smudged eyeliner, textured looking skin or melting foundation on one too many occasions, then you must invest in a face primer. This will change your makeup game to a large extent.

Q. Can you use primer on its own?

A. Yes, why not! Face primers are an easy and excellent way to blur your pores, minimise minor skin imperfections and even out skin texture. Therefore, if you are someone who feels that a foundation is too heavy for everyday wear, then it is a great idea to only put on a little primer.

Q. How do I choose a face primer?

A. Choosing a face primer is similar to choosing the rest of your makeup products. If you have dry skin, choose a hydrating primer. Those with oily skin should opt for mattifying primers and if you have dull, lacklustre skin, then an illuminating primer would be the best choice for you.