You’ve seen makeup experts praising it and beauty bloggers using it since like forever. And yet, primer happens to be the one of the most mysterious makeup products ever! Even though everyone knows that the primer is an important makeup staple for long lasting and flawless makeup; there is still a lot of confusion around this makeup essential and its usage.

So what’s the best way to apply a primer? At what step should it be applied? If you too scratch your head often and think; how you can I make the most of my primer? Well, we have just the story you need to read right now. Let us fill you in with all the info you need on priming. Read on...

First things first, what does a primer do?
 

First things first, what does a primer do?

In simple words, priming is the first step of makeup that makes sure your skin is prepped up for the makeup to come. Primer acts as a layer between your skin and your makeup and make sure your makeup lasts. Your primer can do a whole lot than prime and prep the skin. The right primer can hydrate your skin, blur your pores, conceal your fine lines, protect, illuminate or mattify your makeup.

But…which primer should you use?
 

But…which primer should you use?

If blurring pores’ visibility and matte finish is what you want, get your hands on the Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer . A tinted primer will do the double duty as a colour corrector. Pick the Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30 for smooth skin and protecting skin from sun damage or an illuminating one for dewy look and glow from within. If you are a girl who’s big on eye makeup, you need to get your hands on an eye primer. Applying an eye primer makes sure your eyeshadow doesn’t crease and lasts long.

When and where exactly do you apply it?
 

When and where exactly do you apply it?

As primer is a preparatory step, apply it after you’ve moisturised your skin and before you reach for the makeup product. Use a face primer for the face and neck before doing your base makeup for an even finish. Dab some on the lids to hydrate the eye area before doing your eye makeup. You can use the primer on your lashes before coating them with the mascara for extra oomph.

How to apply and make the most of it?
 

How to apply and make the most of it?

Take a pea size amount of the primer and start blend it outwards with the help of a sponge, fingers or brush. Allow it some time to dry off; usually takes one minute. Go on to apply the makeup products as usual.