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What’s The Deal With Makeup Primer and Do I Need It?

When makeup primer stepped into the beauty scene decades ago, it was only used by professional beauty artists on women that required their face makeup to last for hours on end (think: celebrities and brides). Since then the use of various primers for the face, and eyelids have skyrocketed, face primer has evolved with our beauty needs over time. 

So what does face primer do? And more importantly, is it worth the investment? The answer is yes. Absolutely one thousand percent yes. Whether you are looking to smooth and fill fine lines, mattify shine, or create an even base for your face makeup products, primer does all three plus so much more! We asked our makeup experts here at Palladio Beauty why face primer should be a staple in every woman’s regular beauty routine and this is what they had to say.

Smooth Out Imperfections

If you’ve been trying to achieve an airbrushed look with just foundation alone, chances are, it's going to be very difficult. Applying a primer before powder foundation not only provides a smooth canvas for application but also produces a “blurring effect” on your skin. Primer fills in fine lines, pores, and creases for a photo-ready face every time.

The Great Barrier

Makeup clogs pores – it’s a well-known fact – but the chances of suffering a breakout are much less with the great barrier of primer! One answer to the question of what face primer does is that it keeps makeup from soaking into the skin. This makes applying primer before powder or liquid foundation essential if your complexion is sensitive and prone to clogged pores and breakouts.

TIP: Different primers can be used depending on your skin type. If you have oily skin, a mattifying primer is a great choice for a smooth finish and longer wear. If you have normal/combination skin, an illuminating primer would work best. If you have dry skin, you’ll need to consider a primer that will also deliver extra hydration

A Multitasking Product

Not every woman’s skin type, texture, and goals are the same, therefore primers can be utilized for more than just priming, and the question of “what does face primer do?” will, to a certain degree, be unique to you. Choosing a primer that fits your goals and needs has never been easier with how many multitasking primers are available on the market today. Zap away oil with a mattifying primer, add luminosity to the skin, or color correct, and nix the heavy foundation for good!

2 Responses



August 03, 2020

After reading your blogs I’m very much confident about doing makeup himself at home.

Patty Ann

Patty Ann

March 15, 2019

I’m using your dual powder/foundation. What primer should I use?

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