Friday, September 9, 2011

Back to the Basics Pt. 3 - Primers

I wouldn't be too shocked if you've never heard of primers.  They are not a necessity, however, they should be put in the category of basics because of how absolutely wonderful they are and the improvements they offer.  Those of us who use either foundation or eyeshadow have all experienced the side effects of not wearing a primer at one time or another.  Has your makeup ever appeared cakey, or disappeared halfway through the day?  What about your eyeshadow?  Has it faded, or creased more often then not?  A primer could be just what you need.

Face Primers

A face primer is used to create a clean canvas for your skin.  After you moisturize, apply a thin layer of a foundation primer and spread it onto every inch of your face with your fingers, focusing on the spots you put the most foundation. It will give your face a little bit of a clean, slippery texture.  Not slimey, a slippery dry sensation.  This preps your face, keeping it clean from the oil and toxins of the makeup.  It keeps your makeup looking fresh all day, prevents cakiness, and gives the skin a protective mask.

You can also use color-correcting primers.  If your skin is particularly blotchy and prone to redness, try a green primer.  The green is opposite red on the color wheel-  it will balance and cancel out the redness of your face.

Some good face primers:  123

Eye Primers

Eye primers are a lot like face primers.  They give eyeshadow and eyeliner staying power and a clean canvas that prevents creasing.  Before eyeshadow, eyeliner or mascara, apply a thin coat of an eye primer (do *not* use a face primer- they are not interchangeable) and blend with your ring finger.  Now you are free to apply eyeshadow and eyeliner galore.

I even use a matte, skin-colored eye primer on the days I don't wear eyeshadow, because it makes me look more awake, and cancels out any puffiness or veins I may have.  It just gives a clean finish.

Some good eye primers:  123

Quick note-  My next BTB will be on foundation.  Because there isn't one right or wrong way to do foundation-  I've asked the rest of the girls who apply foundation on a regular, daily basis, to share their routine!  Enjoy, ladies!



  1. Nice. I have heard of primer, but I only use eye primer. The face primer looks good, but I don't wear a lot of foundation.

  2. I need to get eye primer, ugh, when I ran out it seemed like life ended ;). Kidding, just my eyeshadow on my lid :).

  3. I haven’t ever used primer, but now that I’ve read this I think I’d like to get some.
    Are you supposed to put primer on first, then concealer & then foundation? I’m assuming you put the face primer on underneath your eyes, not the eye primer?


  4. Leah -

    That's correct! The primer is what you should use after your moisturizer and before your foundation and concealer. Whether you use concealer first or foundation, that will be addressed in later posts. :)

    That's also correct. Where you put concealer under your eyes, use a facial primer. However, if you plan on putting eyeshadow or eyeliner on your lower lashline, a little eye primer there doesn't hurt!