Makeup Primer: Worth the Extra Step?

Find out if they make a visible difference

Pro makeup artist Molly Stern says primers are meant to serve as a layer between skin and foundation to create a more even surface. But not everyone needs them. "The best candidate for them would be someone who is very oily or has a lot of scarring from acne," she says.

But do primers actually make a difference? We had two women of different ages each test a top foundation primer geared toward their skin type. Find out if their makeup looked better ... and if anyone noticed.

By Charli Schuler

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i prefer to just use a moisturizer as a primer. i feel primers make my skin more oily and just another way to spend money. I've tried many different ones(none including the ones listed above) i just dont find primer as a necessary step.

by 92jess11 Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 09:57PM Report as inappropriate

My favorite primer is SkinFare Apothecary Prime. It's all organic, smooth feeling and helps keep my skin clear. I have oily skin and my skin is finally balanced...and I'm using (gasp!) an oil based product. It works wonders! love love love SkinFare!

by christademayo Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 08:55AM Report as inappropriate

I love microderm as my primer before putting on makeup! I find makeup goes on so much smoother with a gentle exfoliation. Has anyone else tried home microderm before makip application. Anyone tried skinvac md by vacubrasion for home microderm?

by Polishmyskin Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 08:35PM Report as inappropriate

I've been looking into primers. My oily skin shedds makeup like you wouldnt believe. I'll have to give one of these a try.

by kimihavens Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 01:07PM Report as inappropriate

Primer isnt supposed to make your skin "look better." Its supposed to make your foundation last longer on your skin! I cant believe you devoted a whole article to talking about primer making your skin look better! It isnt supposed to do that!

by megsy509 Friday, August 10, 2012 at 01:45PM Report as inappropriate

Definitely worth the extra step! Helps to keep my oily skin at bay and my makeup lasts much longer.

by darkangel81 Monday, May 7, 2012 at 03:44PM Report as inappropriate

great article, lots of good information about each primer

by sportimonki13 Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 03:18PM Report as inappropriate

nice article!

by Bon_Bon Monday, August 15, 2011 at 09:12PM Report as inappropriate

I love using a primer. It definitely lengthens the life of my makeup.

by unfamiliargirl Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 03:16PM Report as inappropriate

I had never heard of primer until I got some in my Bare Minerals make-up kit. How much am I supposed to use? I felt if I had baby powder on my face. How do I know if I'm using it correctly?

by PauletteK Friday, May 27, 2011 at 06:33AM Report as inappropriate

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