What You Need to Know About Foundation Primers

Foundation primer is an important part of many women’s makeup regimen for multiple reasons. And while it may seem like foundation primer is just another way for cosmetic companies to push their products to make even more money, this is simply not the case.

They do a number of things like smooth skin for easy foundation application, keep blush and bronzer from sliding off your face, and make makeup last for hours, depending on the formula of primer and your skin type.

If you have an uneven skin tone, a lot of redness, or have the tendency to develop dry patches of skin on your face, then primer might be your new Holy Grail makeup item. Makeup primer is found in all shades, including clear if you’re just looking for a makeup base for long-lasting wear.

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Tinted foundation primers are similar to tinted moisturizers; however, they’re not the same because foundation primer fills in the fine lines, wrinkles, and even makes your pores less visible. If your skin isn’t in need of heavier coverage, then the tinted foundation primer could be all you need. Add some bronzer and blush to put some color back in your face, and your face makeup is complete!

Look for a moisturizing face primer if your skin becomes dry throughout the day. You’ll be able to reduce dry patches on your face that appear in the dry months of the year.

If you have oily skin, makeup primers can help to combat oil and shine on your forehead, chin and nose. Always read the labels to be sure you’re purchasing a primer that suits your needs.

Another point worth noting is that you’ll benefit from using a foundation makeup primer if you are prone to clogged pores. The creamy, thick, and silicone finish of most primers allows your skin to breathe, and it prevents blush, bronzer, and other cosmetics from clogging your pores.

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Tip for Dull Skin: If you feel as though your skin is dull after applying foundation, use a primer to make your foundation more vibrant. If you’re using a foundation primer with a tint, you’ll be able to disguise redness, small blemishes, scars, inflammation, and even-out skin tone more easily by using a base to build your foundation on.

It’s also worth mentioning that more and more cosmetics are adding SPF to their products, and the same goes for makeup primers. You’ll be able to protect, pamper, and nourish your skin at the same time while saving yourself from harmful sun damage with an SPF of 15 or greater!

Homemade Primer

You may not believe, but homemade foundation primer is one of the easiest things to make, and costs only a fraction of what a bottle from the store does.

You’ll only need three ingredients to make it including pure aloe vera gel, thick body butter (or face cream), and your foundation is optional. You’ll also want to have a teaspoon, a small airtight container and a mixing bowl handy.

  1. Take one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and one teaspoon of your thick moisturizer, and mix them together well.
  2. If you’d like to continue making a tinted face primer, add a very small amount of your foundation or concealer into the aloe vera gel and thick moisturizer until well-blended.

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