December 8, 2013
Underneath every flawless complexion, there lies a primer. Or at least, there should! As the winter months become more harrowing for the skin, it's important that we are providing nourishment whenever possible throughout our skin care routines, and that includes the first layer of foundation application - the primer.
Applying primers for perfect applications
Primers ensure that complexion makeup has an even and level surface to sit on. After completing the morning skin care routine, warm a dime-sized amount of the primer in your fingers and then apply evenly across the face. Don't be afraid to bring the product close to your eyes, but keep in mind that complexion primers are not specifically designed to assist with shadow applications. If you would prefer to use a brush, a flat, tightly-bound brush is a fair alternative.
The purpose of a primer is to keep the skin care in and the makeup out. Our bodies attempt to absorb anything we put on them, and as such, it's important that the primers have an easier time of protecting us by ensuring that our skin has been duly exfoliated beforehand. Rough, textured skin provides more risk than a smooth surface, and you should always be giving your skin a fighting chance.
Different kinds of primers for different concerns
Most primers provide additional skin care benefits. The hyaluronic acid contained in the Colorescience Illuminating Serum - Champagne Kiss product, for instance, gives the wearer a boost of hydration that will also help protect her skin from exposure to the potentially pore-clogging formulas in the makeup.
Primers also come in radiance-enhancing formulas that help add a glow to the complexion. These products shine through the thickest foundations, letting you control the amount of glimmer on your skin by adjusting how much primer is applied. When used with a highlighter, the skin will really shine - without looking oily.
Some primers are also meant to help fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Although different products are formulated to assist with correcting these symptoms of age, if you're looking to masquerade the skin to prevent foundations from creasing, you should look for a primer with plumping properties.
Primer can also be worn alone, without makeup. Despite its purpose, these products can help the girl-on-the-go protect her skin from the elements.