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Foundation primer. If you have spent any amount of time with any makeup obsessed person, then you have inevitably heard that foundation primers are the second coming of Christ himself.
The claim is that makeup primers are amazing, and they fix any and all facial issues. When you put on your foundation after that primer… girl, you will be walking out the door with a personal photoshop filter just like the Hollywood starlets. Or, better yet, it’ll make you look like a YouTube Beauty Guru.
And I am no different.
Umm. I hear the claims of this magic unicorn potion that it is the next best thing, but, let’s be honest.
Do you really, really, really, really need a super magical foundation primer?
Unfortunately, I cannot answer that question for you. I wish I could, but I can’t. However, here is some unsolicited practical advice for you:
If it claims are too good to be true, and they tell you that it came from the veins of a unicorn, scales of a mermaid, and threw in some pixie dust – walk away.
Now, let’s get down to business.
What is a Foundation Primer?
A makeup primer is a base for the foundation. It’s like if you’re painting a wall, you would naturally put primer on before you put on the paint, right?
A foundation primer allows face makeup, mainly foundation, to go on smoother, and can either control oil or give a dewy finish, It can also fill in your pores.
How Did Foundation Primers Become A Thing?
Makeup Primers have been a tool of makeup artists, actresses, drag queens and other makeup enthusiasts for as long as makeup has been around. Some credit Max Factor for creating the primer.
Max Factor was an immigrant from Poland, who moved to L.A. Where he worked on famous starlets like Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, Mary Pickford, and Jean Harlow.
By the 1920’s he became really well known and now many people revere him.
In 1996 the great-grandsons of Max Factor started Smashbox. They are often credited with bringing the product to the consumers.
But, primers are something makeup artists have used for years, and as much as we all want to say that it is a recent beauty innovation…If you are a makeup history geek like I am, check out Face Paint: The Story of Makeup by Lisa Eldridge. It’s worth the read!
It’s not. It’s been around a good 10 years at least in the mainstream market.
After the jump, you will find 8 things that you need to consider before getting foundation primer.
8 things that you need to consider before getting foundation primer.
1. Do You Have The Time?
Ahh, time, it’s a wonderful thing, but if you’re like me, you want to squeeze those last three seconds into sleeping! However, if you have the time in the morning, and you don’t mind an extra step, you probably should consider one!
2. What Skin type Do You Have?
Each skin type will require a different type of foundation primer. Your skin type will really determine what kind of foundation you need. If you have oily skin, you will need a different type of foundation primer, then your dry skin sisters (or brothers).
3. What Are Your Skincare Needs?
Your skincare needs will be your second determination about what kind of foundation primer you try.
Foundation Primers for oily skin
Foundation Primers for Oily Acne Prone Skin
Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free – however, please be careful with this one because it might be too heavy due to the ingredients used! See below about the silicones! No disrespect intended, but just keeping up with my promise I made to you – my reader – about recommendations. 🙂
Foundation Primers For Dry Skin
Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer – I can hear you now. You’re saying – HOLD UP AMIE! You put this thing in twice! No, I didn’t. This is actually different than the first primer! This one has hydrating properties where as the other has oil-control. 🙂 Gotta watch me though, sometimes I can be sneaky…. lol!
Foundation Primers for Dull Skin
*Personal note – this is by far my favorite one.
Foundation Primers For Ageing Dry Skin
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
4. Do You Care About Silicone?
You may or may not be a fan of silicone. It has its advantages and disadvantages. Many primers use dimethicone to help smooth over the face and give it that slippery feel. Others don’t. However, Dimethicone is a silicone based polymer.
Some people love them, some people hate them. On me, they tend to clog my pores if I use a primer with a form of silicone in it, but one of my best friends uses a silicon base every day and has no problem with it.
Here is another hint, if you’re not sure if there is a silicone in the foundation – if it ends with “-cone” there is your answer.
5. Is Your Skin Sensitive?
If so, you might want to skip the silicone all together and use your foundation to really buff it into the pores. Here is a video of Stephanie Lange showing you how to do that.
You can get better quality using these real technique makeup brushes. You can get 4 brushes for less than $12.00 and they are high-quality brushes. Just trying to save you money!
6. What Foundation Do You Normally Use?
You have to make sure that your foundation will play well with your primer. The usual rule of thumb is if you use a water based foundation you want to use a water-based primer and if you use a silicone foundation you want to use a silicone primer. If you use an oil-free foundation, you need to use an oil-free primer.
7. What Is Your Budget?
You can get a lot of primers at your local Target or Walmart. Unfortunately, I try not to use drugstore face products. The reason is because almost everything I have ever gotten at the drugstore has broken me out. However, I have heard great things about Pixi and E.L.F.
8. Do You Want Organic or Natural Makeup?
If you are a person who loves the organic makeup trends there are a few you could try. I have not tried many that I love or would really recommend. The Bare Minerals broke me out because of the Bismuth Oxychloride. Here is an interesting article about this kind of allergy.
One that =I really like, and I will actually highly recommend it, is the 100% pure foundation primers. They have two, the Mattifying Primer and the Luminous Primer. The Luminous Primer is pretty good for an all natural brand.
I like them and if you are into the natural and organic thing, you might want to check them out!
If you are on the lookout for a foundation primer, or you have been on the fence about trying one, I hope that this has helped make your life a little easier. Of course, please do you research on everything if you plan to take my recommendations. Makeupalley.com has product reviews that are generated from hundreds of men and women and none of them are affiliated! So check that out, and of course Temptalia.com.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below! I will do my best to help answer any questions!