Still on the fence about whether primer is really necessary for a flawless-looking complexion? Don’t be. We found 6 other fab reasons to work this beauty wonder into your makeup routine.
Every now and then a product comes out and you’re like, really? Do I honestly need this on my face? This isn’t one of those times. New innovations in this must-have fluid make priming not just beneficial for a smooth, even tone, but also provides ingredients to help nourish skin. LA-based celebrity makeup artist and priming queen, Shekinah Garner (she’s the one pictured here with a stellar glow), always keeps a bottle in her beauty arsenal for creating the perfect looks that last for hours. Check out Shekinah’s thoughts on the right way to prime:
- Use it to create a smooth, flawless-looking complexion. It’s a known fact that foundation can make pores and wrinkles look larger or deeper, so primer helps cancel out this less-than-positive effect by filling the pores, lines and wrinkles while creating a smoother canvas for the makeup. The long and short of a good primer is that it creates a smooth canvas for your foundation, helps your foundation stay in place and not “move” (movement in makeup makes your complexion look uneven!) and protects, treats and helps enhance the overall texture of your skin.
- Think of it as a skin nourisher. I especially like primers that have ingredients that not only help blur the look of imperfections, but also address other foundational areas. Some of the ingredients that I look for are: 1) a peptide like hyaluronic acid because it helps plumps and retain moisture; 2) aloe vera to condition and soothe; and 3) natural botanical ingredients derived from nature that plump, smooth and firm. I love that Honest Beauty Primer uses peony root to provide these benefits!
- Double it as a glow-getter. Lately I’ve been obsessed with primers that have a luminous glow to them… I feel like that glow peeks through the foundation making it look more like young, healthy, glowing skin.
- Add it for extra hydration. For my clients with oily skin, I find that primers that contain emollients help to add just enough hydration to keep their sebaceous glands from over-producing oil. For my dry clients, I find that it adds the hydration that their skin needs so that it isn’t trying to drink up whatever moisture it can from the foundation.
- Consider it a bodyguard against blemishes. Primer is also like a layer of protection that keeps the color pigments in the foundation from settling deeply into the pores and clogging them. It acts like an invisible layer between your skin and the makeup, and I love that.
- Make it a one-two punch with foundation. When it comes to primer, think texture. For foundation think tone. Primer addresses the texture of your skin, whereas foundation addresses the tone of your skin. Together they are like a duo that creates a flawless face that you can be proud to show the world.