Hey guys! I hope your week has been lovely! Mine has been a bit hectic, but we’re moving right along to this weeks post! As promised, we will be diving into the world of primer and base. I use the word “base” with caution, because most people call the base “foundation”. However, as we will discuss, there’s more to it than just foundation. I think this “section” will be divided into two posts, as there is a TON to cover here (no pun intended).

Before I dive in, I want to just give a little note about skin prep before primer. One of the things that I think most people searching for a base don’t realize, is that your base will only look as good how you prepped your skin. For example, you can’t want to cover up redness caused by dry skin, and expect your base to look good without having hydrated your skin. It’s just not going to happen. Likewise, you can’t expect to cover texture with foundation. YOU NEED TO PREP WITH SKINCARE! I can definitely make a post onprepping, but for now lets dive right in to the basics of base.


I think primer is a step that’s greatly overlooked; when I ask people in store of they use primer, a great majority of them say no. And when I ask if they know what it is, they also say no. So what is it? Well, it does what the name implies: it primes…it gets the skin ready for base. Your “basic” function is to make your base last longer, act as a sort of adherent to your base. Most “basic” primer will be clear, and will stay invisible when you put on base. Primers listed in this post can be applied by simply rubbing them on your face and waiting about 30 seconds for them to soak in, unless otherwise specified. It’s important to look at ingredients with primer especially (but with any makeup really), as primers sometimes contain silicone or silica as one of their main ingredients. Make sure you aren’t allergic! These two ingredients give a beautiful smoothing effect to your base. Don’t be afraid to mix primers! If you have more than one need in your primer, it’s completely ok to mix them, or only use primer on some parts of your face. I’ll add some great examples below:

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

In addition, there are primers for different skin types and different skin concerns. Those for different skin types work something like this:

  • Mattifying: Perfect for oily or combination skin. This primer will help stop excess oil production throughout the day, as well as give you an instant matte finish. These can make base look “dry” or “cakey”  IF your skin is more on the dry side, as they will accentuate the dryness when they go on. Many of these primers will have “pore” in the name, as larger pores are common with oily skin.

Laura Geller Spackle Mattifying Under Make-up Primer

Laura Geller Mattifying Primer

Lorac POREfection Mattifying Face Primer

Lorac POREfection Mattifying Face Primer

  • Hydrating: Great for all skin types, especially those that are drier, or just wish to add more hydration. Will give a plump hydrated “fresh” look.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

  • Moisturizing: For dry skin. Not to be confused with hydrating, moisturizing primers typically feel a bit more quenching, some argue they feel thicker or more moisturizing (duh).

Hourglass N° 28 Primer Serum

As far as skin concerns go, this jumps into a much more broad section. I’ll try to cover the most common ones:

  • Blemish prone: For acne prone skin. They usually have some type of salicylic acid to help fight acne, while priming the face, and are oil free. Most of these will have a mattifying element to them as well.  BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel

BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel

  • Large or Visible Pores: Probably one of the most common problems! No one likes to see their pores through their makeup. These primers will typically have a “silicone” feel, and need to be patted in, rather than rubbed in. They literally fill your pores until you wash it off, to give a beautiful blurring effect. Make sure if you are not oily, but you still have this concern, you check that your primer is not matiffying.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

  • Loss of Radiance/Dullness: This category is HUGE, depending on your preference. Some of these primers will have an actual “glow” to them, they will add physical radiance that will work with your foundation to give you a glow from within. Some will have color correction properties that counteract the dullness. We’ll talk more about color correction when we talk about concealer.

BECCA First Light Filter Face Primer

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance

That’s primer for ya! It’s really not as complicated as it looks. It’s just about deciding what you want your primer to do. Some people still decide against it, and that’s totally fine! As i stress in these posts, makeup is about what works for YOU. And what work for you may not work for others. You may find you want to use a primer, a cocktail of primer (this is so happens to be my preferred method), or no primer at all.

Next time get ready to take notes, as we tackle base!

I’ll catch you guys next time!


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