Primers are among the beauty tools that changed the makeup game ever since their creation. Imagine the process of applying a primer just like an artist who prepares his canvas to put on the colors. But to create a masterpiece instead of a mess, we have to be extra careful and adopt the right approach. Otherwise, we might end up looking cakey and artificial instead of fresh and attractive. That’s often the case when it comes to using a makeup primer for mature skin. The same goes for dry skin type.
Hold on, because we are just getting started, and learning how to apply a makeup primer can cause you fewer efforts if you know the rules… or at least how to break them.
Don’t forget to exfoliate.
Exfoliation is a significant step in every beauty regimen. But sometimes our schedule gets so overloaded. We have to admit that many of us seem to skip on religious scrubbing. However, exfoliating the dead cells about three days every week is a must if we want to upgrade our vision. It helps to improve both cellular turnover and blood circulation so a new healthy layer of skin can pop out.
And of course, that makes applying a primer much more comfortable and far more successful.
Always start with moisturizing.
Moisturization is a must. But don’t get fooled into putting your cream after the primer. You have to apply the moisturizer first so that it can blend thoroughly. Then allow it to dry for at least five minutes.
Include a serum, essence, or ampoule to your skincare routine.
All of these cosmetics have very concentrated formulations. They serve to supply the skin with nutrients. They also improve the penetration of the rest of the ingredients that get in contact with the skin.
So the products we use afterward can absorb better and, consequently, reveal their full range of benefits.
Check if the primer matches your foundation.
That means if you are using a drugstore silicone-based foundation, it is best to use the same type of primer. That lowers the chances of creasing. Check the labels of your cosmetics for similar ingredients.
Examples of silicone-based products are those, containing anything related to Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, and Cyclohexasiloxane.
Always start from the center of the face and work your way out.
Put some primer on top of your fingertips and apply it making soft circular movements. Then go with rapid but gentle tapping motions to help it stick better. Watch out not to overdo this, as it can disrupt the process of blending. Begin with the zone under the eyes and carefully disperse it to the cheekbones. Also, mind that the under-eye area is much more likely to become patchy, so put a very tiny amount there. Proceed with the chin, the nose, and the forehead.
Breathe easy but try to stand still.
Do not smile, chat, or just do anything that involves moving the muscles on the face. Contracting them even the tiniest bit disrupts the whole conception of the primer.
But this doesn’t mean assembling a face posture that is unnatural, like trying to suck the wrinkles. Just stay patient and… be yourself.
Use a tweezer to remove flakes in case of dry skin.
If you happen to have some of those patchy dry areas, do not disrupt them. That can only lead to redness and even more flakiness.
But if you notice single ones that can be gently removed, don’t hesitate. You can grab a tweezer and carefully pull the peak of the flake.
Give your primer some time to dry as well.
Just like with moisturizing, the primer needs at least five minutes to set up. During this period, try to limit any mimicking or talking to ensure that the surface of the face becomes as smooth as possible.
The structure of primers reminds much a flexible network of tiny particles that need to bind.
Remember that with primers, less is more.
That rule applies to every skin type but especially in the case of dry or mature. Usually, a pea-sized amount of primer is enough to cover the face entirely.
If you choose to put more, that will only make the surface more uneven. It’s that simple; Primers don’t like layering up!
Be quick and focused.
Apart from layering, primers can’t stand a slow pace. Just well-controlled movements. The whole tiny-binding-particles-network of the primer resemble a building process.
You glue these together with your tempo and motions. The quicker and more precise is the better. Thus, these nano-sized pieces can become one smooth and uniform grounding for makeup.
Do not try to build up more product on wrinkles or flaky areas. Doing so will only make things worse.
Whatever the skin type, using a primer is art. Or as one of my favorite makeup artists says, “It’s a crime not to prime.”
But you might want to adopt a suitable approach. That can set up your makeup skills on another level. We all deserve to feel confident and happy with our skin.
*This is a guest post by Jenny, the dedicated blogger behind Support Your Beauty. She found her passion in inspiring people to feel free and confident with their looks after years of practice in the beauty niche and many trials and errors. Jenny believes in the inner radiance that every human carries within, and she shares an in-depth knowledge of the ingredients.