Make-Up Primer. What? Why?

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There are basically three types of people in the world. The type of people who thinks make-up primer is a scam and goes right for the foundation and concealer. The type of people that thinks it’s sacrilegious to ever skip the primer step of any make-up routine. And finally, the type of people that have no idea what a primer is and what it does. So, who’s onto something and whose been doing it wrong this whole time? We’ve put together a pros and cons list of make-up primer, to finally answer the question of whether primer is necessary.


  • Primer prevents the skin from absorbing make-up and helps your make-up last throughout the day
  • Primer helps moisturize skin and helps make-up stay on your skin in extreme weather.
  • Primer acts as a smooth surface for foundation to lay on. Foundation will stick to the smooth surface of the layer of primer and prevent foundation from seeping into your pores and looking cakey.
  • Primer acts as a filler and conceal large pores for smoother looking skin. Some people may use only primers and skip the foundation step completely.
  • Some primers also act as a concealer and helps even skin tone, and some may even brighten your skin.
  • Primer not only fills in pores but also fine lines to show more supple looking skin.
  • Removing make up at the end of the day may be easier with primer because primer acts as a barrier between skin and make-up.
  • Primer prevents make-up form seeping into the skin and clogging pores which may help in preventing breakouts.
  • Primer helps temper oily skin and create a more mattifying look.

“The best makeup primers are full of superb-for-your-skin ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and oils.”


  • Certain primers that are silicone based will wash off water-based foundation.
  • Applying too much primer or applying primer that does not match your foundation will make your foundation look thick and cakey
  • Comedogenic or silicone-based primers will clog pores and if not washed off properly will likely cause breakouts.
  • For people with already dry skin, primer may over-mattify skin and cause your skin to look dull.

All face primers are not created equal… it depends on your skin types and your skin concerns. The best makeup primers are full of superb-for-your-skin ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and oils. As with all things in life, it’s not completely black and white. Certain skin types and make-up preferences would really benefit from the use of primer while others may just be wasting their money on them. And for those that have been walking around clueless about primers well…now you know!

2 thoughts on “Make-Up Primer. What? Why?

  1. So good to know! I’ve actually fluctuated right wearing primer or not but it seems like the best choice.

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