12 Best Makeup Primers
Is your makeup literally melting off your face? Prepare for the warmer months ahead with these reader-approved makeup primers
"Not to prime is a crime! It's been my career-long mantra. It helps finesse your foundation, helping your skin to stay flawless longer," says Perdis. And it's not just Perdis. Celebrity makeup artists everywhere stress the importance of priming. Makuep primers are crucial at keeping oil at bay while filling in fine lines and providing a smooth canvas for your foundation to stick to, says celebrity makeup artist Charlie Green. Now that we've converted you into a primer believer, here are tips to help you choose the best one for you:
Skin tone: Primers come in different hues to address specific skin concerns. Green-colored primers will combat redness from rosacea or acne. Mauve/light purple counteracts sallow undertones, while pink helps brighten complexions.
Skin type: First, figure out whether your skin type is oil, dry or combination. Then, choose a primer that is suited for those needs.
Once you've got the right formula, apply the primer after your moisturizer. "It's like waterproofing your skin," says Jim Hammer, a cosmetic chemist at Pharmasol Labs in Easton, Mass. If you apply it before your day cream or sunscreen, those water-based products can't penetrate through to reach your skin. "If you smooth [the primer] on after, your skin can absorb your moisturizer before the primer forms a slick film on top of it," says Hammer.
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