Few years ago, primers appeared on the beauty product market and since then you can find them in many big companies product range available in various colors.
Primers are still a new thing, not everybody use them in their everyday makeup routine and also, there are still a lot of people who don’t really understand what primers are and how to use them correctly or should they use them at all, so I am going to show you now.
What are primers for?
Before putting any makeup on your face, primers help our skin to look smoother, more even and flawless. You don’t need to use a lot of it because a little goes a long way. The small molecules of primers are able to fill the fine lines so it has an instant anti-aging effect and also it evens skin tone and texture.
Aside from making your makeup more even and smoother, they provide your makeup some serious staying power and keep oil at bat as well. After the usage of primer, it will be always easier to work with foundations and concealers because they will easily glide on your face. Thanks to primers, they will make our beauty products non-greasy and non-tacky.
Why are they long lasting?
When you use a primer it usually contains silicon (silica) so the oil on our skin is less able to interact with the makeup. Think about silica is a second skin.
How to use a primer?
Always clean your face before putting on any makeup. I usually use my konjac sponge with my cleanser and then I rinse it off with warm water. After your face is clean use a hydrating cream and if you feel like you need some extra nourish then use your serum too. I always use my fingers to apply my primer on my face. Just dab it on and woala, your face is ready for makeup! 🙂 Please always allow your skin to absorb the nutrients of your face creams. After you put your selected primer on your face, wait at least 1 minute before you apply any makeup. You can use a makeup brush too but I think it is much more better to use your fingers.
I heard, that silicon is toxic for the skin. Is it true?
Yes, partly true. We distinguish 2 types of silicons: silicone and silicon.
SILICONEs are artificial minerals that was created in scientific laboratories. They aren’t natural and usually toxic for our skin. Unfortunately, they are still used in many personal care products like in shampoos, foundations, primers, sunscreen, moisturizers and so on. Silicones can be found in conventional products and I do not recommend the usage of them. Manufacturers created it because it is cheaper than the natural one (silica). I don’t recommend to use any artificial product on your skin, it won’t benefit you greatly.
Avoid products that contain these artificial silicones: Dimethicone,Dimethicone Crisspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane or Cyclopentasiloxane.
In contrast, SILICON is a natural trace mineral that can be found in the Earth’s crust. I think you’ve heard it but it is used to make computer chips too in the Silicon Valley. When we combine silicon with oxygen we will get “silica” which is essential in our body for stronger nails, teeth and bones and also for a glowing skin. Silica has a lot of benefits and it won’t hurt your skin.
So, should I use primer?
If you have an oily skin or you have some fine lines and wrinkles that you want to hide, yes, I recommend you to use a primer before makeup but ONLY the natural one. Silica is good for your skin because it helps protect it from any bacteria, it cleanses your skin and reduce clogged pores. It also has a gentle exfoliating effect so your skin will look younger.
Most natural primers contain vitamins and anti-oxidants too that’s why you don’t have to use too much serum before primer. Unfortunately, the conventional ones usually contain synthetic vitamins (so I think it can contain gmo as well) so please if you can, just go and switch to natural primers. For a radiant and youthful complexion use natural beauty products because they will definitely nourish and heal your skin. It just needs time.
Why are there different primers?
The most common primers are the:
- pink and
- green ones.
- Transparent is usually for people who doesn’t really have any redness or brown stains, visible veins on their skin.
- Pinks are for dull face, it masks sign of fatigue so it is awesome for your under-eye area, dark circles. It masks very well your visible veins.
- Green neutralizes red tones so if you have redness, irritation, acne on your face, this is your product. Use it on your T-zones, cheeks.
These 3 are the top most wanted primers, but you can already find them in yellow and purple tones too.
- Yellow is for those who have pale skin so it will give you a warmer look. Yellow conceals blue and purple tones so it is good for your under-eye area.
- a purple colored primer neutralizes unwanted yellow tones, sallowness or dullness. Use it on your forehead, chin and cheeks.
So how to apply primers step by step?
- Cleanse your skin with your favorite cleanser and rinse it off with warm water.
- Hydrate your skin, but only use just a thin layer. Wait until your skin absorbed the cream.
- You can use your serum for an extra nourish but only if you feel like you need it.
- After the serum and the cream absorbed to your skin apply your primer with your fingers on your face with dabbing motions.
- Wait at least 1 minute so your skin can absorb it.
- Use your favorite foundation or SPF. 🙂
If you want to use spf then I recommend you to use a foundation+SPF product to reduce the steps.
Please don’t forget to buy always organic natural products for your own health’s sake. Don’t buy a regular primer just because your face will look pretty for a short time. I always say, but I’m gonna tell you again, that don’t sacrifice your own health for it. You can buy many natural primers on the market and I’m glad to help you, you can always contact me so we can discuss what would be the best for you.
Buy organic SPF products because of its non-nano sized titanium-dioxide and natural primers because it contains SILICA (SILICON) and not silicone.
Where to buy?
You can find some awesome primers in these stores, these are all my favorite ones. 🙂 Click on a retailer logo, each link will open the primers section in a new tab.
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