Makeup Basics: Primers

Makeup basics


I’m starting a new series of posts about the basics of makeup. I wanna go over the basic things for those who are new to makeup and maybe teach you something new. There are hundreds of makeup products, so it’s no wonder if you feel a bit lost at the makeup aisle.

On the makeup basics -series I will be teaching you how to choose your products, how to do your base makeup, how to do your brows with different products, how to use eye shadow and finally how to do a nice lip makeup.

Using a primer is recommended, but not always necessary. I still want to start this series where the perfect base makeup begins – and it begins with a primer. (Or actually skincare, but let’s focus on makeup.)

Primer’s primary function is to set the makeup and hold it on place the whole day. Primer makes a smooth, even layer on skin and that helps building the foundation on top of that.

When you choose a primer you should ask yourself what is the main problem in the skin. Is it..

..drought? Choose a hydrating and illuminating primer.
.. redness or uneven coloring? Choose a primer that evens the skintone.
.. oiliness? Choose a primer, that promises a matt finish and good stability.
.. the changes brought by age? Choose a primer that smoothes lines and wrinkles.

If your skin is in a good shape, you don’t have to use a primer daily. You may still want to get one for special occasions or for parties. Primer does really help keeping the makeup in place longer, so you should consider that.

My skin is quite oily (and sometimes dry )mixed skin. For me primer is a must have. I have tried a few primers and now I’m introducing you to some great products. There are products for different skintypes.

I have to note, that in some cases a day cream can act as a primer. At the moment youtubers and makeup artists love the Nivea After Shave Balm, which keeps makeup on place the whole day. This is at least a very affordable product!


RVB Lab The Makeup Smoothing Makeup Primer
This smoothes wrinkles, lines and pores. This has a nice satin feel to it. It is suitable for all skintypes. Nice product, and I’ve already used over half of it!

Benefit The Porefessional Primer
This promises to really smooth pores and keep the makeup on place. This has the same kind of feel than RVB primer, but even thicker. This is an okay product, but I feel like I start to shine sooner than I should.

Zuii Organic Foundation Primer
This moisturises and treats the skin, while helping with longevity. I like the texture and the fact that this doesn’t clog my pores with silicones or other man-made stuff. Plus it’s organic.

Zuii Organic Colour Corrective Primer Mint
This hides redness like no other! Good stuff, seriously. This is as creamy as the  foundation primer, plus the mint shade.  This is also organic.

Stila One Step Illuminate Primer
My favourite primer of all times! This beats all the other primers. I bought this for brides or special occasion makeup, but have been using this daily. This illuminates and brightens the skin, but also minimizes shine and keeps the makeup on point the whole day. This is amazing.



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