Mid-Week Beauty Master Class ~ Make-up Primers

This week sees the official start to this new series of posts on my blog.  Initially I started this blog to provide an alternative way for young and older women alike to learn more about our skin, make-up and products available on the market.  So, finally I am starting this series to tackle each product individually and also some make-up tricks and face shapes, corrective make-up etc. I decided to start with the products first and then we will move on gradually to making the most of them according to your individual needs :)

First up, Make-Up Primers!

There exist make-up primers for the face, eyes, lips, practically every part of your face where make-up will be applied.  Primers act as a base to help the make-up stay on longer and in the case of face make-up, prevent it from clogging pores.  Personally, I use a face primer when I am going to wear liquid foundation and my choice here is Inglot's Under Make-Up Base.  It has a gel consistency and preps the skin for make-up application and also absorbs serum so it is great for people with oily skin.

Most primers, especially eye primers come in the form of a skin-coloured creamy textured products.  There are loads of eye primers available on the market such as UD Primer Potion, elf Eyelid Primer and Mineral Eyeshadow Primer, etc... Like the face primers, these provide a base for eyeshadow to stick to and they also help in making the colours pop and last longer.  Just a little goes a long way with these and for hygienic reasons, I prefer primers with a doe-foot applicator (like that of lip-glosses).  Eyeshadow Primers are a must have for people with oily lids to help keep the eye make-up put all day. 

Most primers are oil and fragrance free and hence they work especially well for people with oily skin as primers help control shine and absorb excess sebum.  This is especially true for the gel-like primers.  People with dry and sensitive skin also benefit from using a primer because it helps nourish the skin and calm inflammation.  It is important to bear in mind that a primer has to be applied after moisturizer but before foundation.  It is best if you give it enough time to sink in the skin and apply it on areas where the make-up tends to wear-off after a few hours, namely, chin, lips and eyelids or even the whole face.

Here are some more benefits of wearing a primer:

Protects your skin from the harmful UV rays - some primers have a sunscreen and SPF 15 or more
Fills in fine lines and wrinkles
Makes enlarged pores appear smaller and less visible
Keeps cosmetics out of the pores and in doing so, allow your skin to breathe 

Most brands offer a make-up primer nowadays and all come in different formulations to suit everyone's needs.  The most popular options are skin-coloured, white and shimmery.  If you are going to buy a primer for the first time, take time to assess the packaging as well... remember you want to keep everything as sanitized and free from bacteria as possible to prevent any nasty breakouts and/or infections.  Therefore, skip primers that come in jars or in lipstick format and go for those that come in squeezy tubes or look like lip-glosses.

I hope you found this post useful and I would really appreciate your feedback on this series so feel free to bring your thoughts forward! Until next post, stay beautiful & happy priming!

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7 comments on "Mid-Week Beauty Master Class ~ Make-up Primers"
  1. Very useful and detailed post, thanks!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by Gaby :) glad you found the post useful :) xx

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  3. Nowadays, I amaze myself how I managed to live without primers!!

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  4. which affordable brands do you suggest? or at least ones which I can buy easily from Malta? Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Sarah, if you're on a budget try Wjcon in Bkara or Catrice Prime & Fine Primer. Both brands have different variations to correct different skin imperfections such as redness etc.

      Alternatively, if you feel like splurging, Inglot do a very good silicone one - Under the Makeup Base which retails for €21 and then there's the Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer which retails for €17. I have personally tried all four of these and I highly recommend the Inglot one. It maybe a little expensive but it's worth every cent!

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  5. nice blog
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