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The Importance of Primer

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 27: Actress Charlize Theron attends the American Cinematheque 24th Annual Award Presentation To Matt Damon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on March 27, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Charlize Theron flaunts her flawless complexion as a result of priming


It has become commonplace for many party-girls to fall into the trap of simply slapping on their foundation without a thought towards priming their skin beforehand.

However, this is one of the most important steps in make-up application, serving to smooth out the skin and provide a perfect canvas for painting on your face, not only with foundation, but eyeshadow, blusher and bronzer as well.

It is simply not enough to cleanse, tone and moisturise before applying your products – be sure to prep with a primer from now on and ensure your make-up does not flee further than your face all night long!

Popular Primers

Many reputed make-up brands offer their own skin primer. MAC and The Body Shop both offer colourless primers which are absorbed easily and efficiently into the skin. Their composition of waxes, polymers and silicones smooths out problem areas and leaves them feeling silky soft.

Alternatively, tinted primers, such as that offered by Philosophy, can even-out discolouration and redness of the skin.

To ensure longevity in the lip department use a lip primer, tailored to anchor lip colour to the spot – Urban Decay and Revlon offer an effective primer for your pout.

How to apply

After cleansing, toning and moisturising, use a five-pence-piece-sized amount of primer and apply evenly to the facial area, concentrating on the parts which exhibit scarring and/or lines. Let the primer sink in for five minutes, then continue to apply the contents of your make-up bag as normal.

Tell-tale tip: To ‘hold’ make-up in place that little bit more, dust a little pressed powder, in a matching colour, over your foundation with a powder brush. The dryness of the powder, coupled with the moisturising effect of the primer, can balance skin oil levels and guarantees the prevention of ‘slipping’.

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3 Responses to “The Importance of Primer”


  1. December 20, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Does primer actually improve the look and health of of your skin in general? or does it just make make-up look more flawless?


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