I'm a bit of a makeup newbie, but I've really been educating myself on different products and why they're important to incorporate into my makeup regimen. I've tried a few primers and some have completely wowed me... others, not so much. Typically, when a product doesn't impress me, I make sure that I'm using it correctly. It turns out, most of the time, it's my own fault for either buying the wrong product for my skin type, or I'm just not applying it correctly. If you're having a bit of trouble with selecting a good primer, here are some great tips that you've probably never heard before.
1. Try a tinted formula.
If your skin is a little dull, a light pink primer, like Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer, can add a glow. Lilac shades (found in Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer) brighten sallow skin, and green formulas (like Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Primer in Green) neutralize redness.
2. Less is more.
You don't have to coat your face in this stuff. Really, only a raisin-sized amount will do.
3. Go easy on the acne.
Skip any spot treatments if your primer already contains anti-acne ingredients. (Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control with 2 percent salicylic acid is a great choice.) Layering on too many acne-fighting products at once could irritate the skin and cause inflammation.
4. Always finish with a powder.
To set your makeup, follow this magic order: primer, liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer, translucent powder. Without a last dusting of powder, "the water in your makeup and the silicones in most primers repel each other," says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson. "If you touch your face, both will come right off." [via Allure]
For more great primer tips, check out Allure Magazine!
Have you had good or bad luck with primer? What kind do you use?