Have you ever had a full face of makeup, applied all the products from foundation, to concealer, to blush, bronzer, highlighter, eye makeup, eyeliner and it all fades, disappears or looks worn out after a few hours? Well that is because there is a key ingredient missing that makes it all stay put. And that is….Primer! – the starting point of makeup. Many people dont fully understand the importance of primers, that is because they dont really know what the purpose of a primer is and how crucial it is for having a good make up base. Luckily, we got on board Kiran Khan – a makeup artist from Karachi to give you the low down.
Kiran has been in makeup industry since 2005, she opened up her signature salon in 2014 and have been running it successfully ever since. She has been trained by celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic.
Here is Kiran Khan’s take on how to apply primers to make your makeup last…forever!
What is a Primer?
Think of primers as a preparatory product for your makeup, your bare face is the canvas and you are using a primer to prepare your skin for the many products that will follow. “A primer is multi functional makeup product. It makes your foundation blend well to give a flawless finish. Makes blending easier, fills in pores and fine lines and lastly makes your foundation last much longer than usual.” explains Kiran.
Some primers are also formulated to brighten the skin, target aid and provide moisture to your face.
“There are many primers in the market that target specific problems. Mattifying , Oil Control, Pore filling, hydrating, anti redness (it’s usually tinted green), Anti Fatigue Primer( tinted purple) and a few more. ” There is no dearth of primers in the market, in fact it can be a little overwhelming to choose one if you are just a makeup beginner. So how do you figure out which is best for you? read on.
How to choose a primer for our skin type & skin tone?
Primers arent one size fit all, you cannot use one primer for all skin types. “Whatever skin problem you want to target you can pick a primer for that purpose, if you want to cover pores, pick a pore filling one, if you want a mattifying one for oily skin, use that. You skin type plays a big role on the kind of primer you choose,” explains Kiran
- Normal skin
If you have normal skin which is characterised by normal sized pores and which doesnt get too oily nor too dry, in this case you really dont require a primer to mattify rather you need one that can make your makeup last for long. You can opt for pore blurring primer or an illuminating primer. BeautyHooked recommends Maybelline baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer (Rs. 999/-). To shop, click HERE
- Oily skin
People with oily skin usually have large pores so you need to opt for pore blurring primer as well. If you have oily skin, you need a mattifying primer that controls the oil on your face and prevents it from getting too shiny or greasy. BeautyHooked recommends makeup Revolution Mattify primer (Rs.1,500/-). To shop, click HERE
- Dry skin
It can be a little tricky to find a primer for dry skin, you need a primer that is hydrating and creamy but it doesn’t feel too heavy. BeautyHooked recommends Makeup Revolution Hydrate Primer (Rs.1,500/-). To shop, click HERE
- Combination skin
People with combination skin would ideally need two primers, a neutral one for the dry areas on the face and a mattifying one for the oily parts. BeautyHooked recommends Golden Rose Makeup Primer Mattifying Pore Minimising (Rs.3.325/-). To shop, click HERE
As far as choosing a primer according to skin tone is concerned, that is not an issue “Primers are not coloured and dont come in shades, they are usually transparent” – Kiran.
How to apply primers
Make sure your face is properly cleansed but dont over cleanse it as makeup looks good on hydrated skin. Apply a moisturiser but if your face is too oily you can skip this step, mattifying primer will provide hydration and prep your skin at the same time however if your skin is dry, you shouldnt ever skip moistuirsation. Once your skin is all cleansed and moisturised, it time to apply the primer, according to Kiran “take a pea sized amount and swipe it across the face, dont rub it in! thats the key!” your face is now all set for foundation.
Kiran Khan’s Primer Recommendations:
“Thats hard to say, I use many primers depending on skin type and the problem I am targeting. My few favourites would be:
- Smashbox foundation primer
- Benefit Porefessional
- Too faced hangover primer
- Farsali skin tune primer