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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

makeup primer 101

how to use makeup primer



Primer is one of those things you either love or hate. It might seem like an extra step for the lazy beauty girls, but they do make a whole world of difference when it comes to makeup application. Today I’m going to be chatting primer 101 - Note pads at the ready.

Purpose

Think about what you want your primer to do? Do you want it to brighten your skin tone, mattify, create a canvas for your makeup or refine the complexion? Do you want one that smooths the skin, reduces oil production, brightens the skin tone? There are a ton of primers out there so working out what type of primer you’re looking for is the best place to start. Don’t be afraid to mix primers too, if you’re an oily skinned gal with sallowness - mix an illuminating primer with an oil reducing one. This way you can use a bit of makeup mixology for a two in one primer.

Tint it

Use the colour wheel to find a primer to counteract your skin issues. For example, Lilac shades will brighten sallow looking skin and green will neutralise any redness in the skin. There are a variety of skin tone adaptive primers depending on your skin issues so it’s worth checking out

Little by Little

Less is more when it comes to primer. You really don’t need to coat on the stuff before applying foundation to the skin. I like to use a minuscule - smaller than a pea - sized dollop. I dot it onto the skin and rub it in on the areas that need priming. Typically oily skinned gal’s will need to prime the t-zone but if you have things like open pores on your cheeks, apply a light layer there.

25 comments

  1. Is there a problem with pictures on you blog? This is about the 5th I've seen with picture errors and the shop the post items being two unrelated highlighters. Yesterday's was the same. Hope you can get it sorted.

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    1. I've noticed this too, I thought it was my computer. Hopefully Lily can get it sorted soon :)

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  2. Yeah, something's not quite right! Sure you will get it sorted x

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  3. Primer can be a godsend! I have recently been loving the Kiehl’s Micro Blur Skin Perfector!

    http://www.britishbeautyaddict.com/2014/06/obessed-with-4-kiehls-micro-blur-skin.html

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  4. I live for primers! Porefessional by Benefit and the dupe by NYX are godsends!

    www.walking-in-heels.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  5. I'm usually dead lazy & only use primers for big nights out!

    Jen xx
    www.kitsch-n-sync.com

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  6. I love primers, my skin is so oily it needs all the help it can get!
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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  7. Call me clueless but I never realised that there were so many different primers with different functions - great post!

    http://ciarapocket.blogspot.ie x

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  8. Can't live without primer! Makeup just lasts so much longer if you use one. Only thing is there's a major lack of them in the drugstore - means that you have to invest in much more expensive ones. Wah wah.

    http://exploringwardrobes.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Great guide :) Do you have a favorite primer or can you recommend any which are great for oily skin? x
    Freya's Fashion Chapter | May Favourites

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  10. Always wanted to try the bioderma ones. Is it good for oily skinned girl like me?

    Nail Masque

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  11. fab post!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  12. I used Clarins Beauty Flash Balm for a while and it's great, I recently picked up the Una Brennan Tea Tree Pore Minimiser and I'm unsure if it's breaking me out - a bit annoying if so ! The Revlon primer looks good and the Body Shop Matte Primer is amazing
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. Thanks for these tips! Still having a hard time figuring out which primer I actually need, so this was super helfpful! :)

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  14. I love the MUFE HD and Hard Candy primers.

    RIKKI POYNTER
    // RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP

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  15. good post Lily! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the tips, I love using primer for my foundation and using a primer for my eyeshadow, it helps so much! x

    Natalie | Shabby Chic and Tea ♥

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  16. great post x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  17. Loved this post, I've only used the mac primer and I'm currently using smash box but when that runs out I will definitely be returning to this post x

    www.writtenwithstyle.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Primers overwhelm me, theres so many primers with different purposes!

    Taslima | The little things in life

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  19. Loved this post and I cannot live without a good primer, it makes such a big difference to your foundation and make up as a whole x

    llyloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. I've started using primer in addition to a setting powder, and the longevity of my makeup has been amazing! Well worth the purchase.

    Beth. x

    http://bethsearle.blogspot.com.au/

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