What is makeup primer and what does it do?

October 14, 2019


Using a makeup primer before makeup can amplify your look for a long time. Makeup is a revolutionary tool that helps women (and men) create many different looks, from natural and subtle to full on glam-and-fab. Of course, you can get by without a primer and still get good results, but there’s a good reason why even beauty gurus insist on using makeup primers.

What Is a Makeup Primer?

For the most part, a makeup primer is a base used to help makeup glide on smoothly. It helps keep it intact for longer periods of time and evens out your skin tone. There are many primers that serve a different purpose for your makeup, not just for your face, but for other parts of your body as well.

Foundation Primer

A foundation primer is probably the most well-known of its kind. From drugstore to luxury brands, foundation primers help prevent creasing by keeping makeup in place throughout the day. Using primers before your foundation creates a base for your makeup to properly adhere to so it stays put. Some foundation primers also help control oiliness and hydrate skin.


Foundation primers come in different formulas; gel, cream, or liquid to cater to different types of skin. You can choose different primers for different purposes, too:

  • Mattify
  • Illuminate
  • Color-correction
  • Long-wear
  • Hydrate
  • Minimize pores

Eyelash Primer

Eyelash primers prepare and condition eyelashes before your mascara to prevent breakage that may be caused by some ingredients in makeup. It also helps your eyelashes grow thicker, longer, and stronger.


Eyeshadow Primer

FUN FACT:Did you know that the skin on your eyelids are thinner and oilier than other parts on your face? 


Eyeshadow (or eyelid) primers act as oil-control agents to keep to hold your eyeshadows in place and keeps your cut crease from creasing while also letting the color pigments pop out.

Lip Primer

Lips also have skin that needs to be prepped before your favorite lip color. Lip primers are specially designed to fill in fine lines to give your lipstick a vibrant boost. 


Like foundation primer, lip primers are tasked to make sure your lip color doesn't feather and stays in place for long-lasting wear.

Not only that. Lip primers have a value-added benefit of keeping your lips soft and hydrated so you can kiss drying and chapping lips goodbye.

Hair Primer

Did you think that primers are only exclusive to your face? 

Of course not!

If you style your hair often, it becomes exposed to heat and products that can damage your hair, causing brittleness and breakage. 


Hair primers are awesome at creating an invisible shield between the hair and external and environmental damage caused by humidity, chemicals in hair products, and heat to keep its luster and shine.

Nail Primer

If you’re someone who loves their trips to the nail salon or DIYs their nail art at home, then you probably already know about nail primers.


Nail primers protect nails from your nail polish and prevents colors (especially those dark, bold ones) from staining. It removes grease from the nail's surface which helps keep the nail polish intact for a long time.

Makeup primers can help give you a good, long-lasting makeup look. Using makeup primers can be an optional addition to your makeup bag or a staple in achieving the perfect even coverage depending on your beauty goals. 

Be that as it may, a good skincare routine is still your best stepping stone towards a flawless looking skin that glows even without makeup. 



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