To use a primer or not to use a primer ...is that the question?
Well it seems to be the question I'm most frequently asked. Yes it's clear to me that for the girl on the street there's a lot of confusion over whether a primer is really necessary.
So I thought I'd give you my take on primers and explain the reasons why make up artists have been using them for years.
The main function of a primer is to prime or if you like, prepare the skin for foundation. They do this by firstly evening out the skin, a little subtle ridge filling here, covering a noticeable pore there and the overall effect is a smoother more flawless surface to your face. Secondly a primer should create a micro thin layer on the skin that will allow foundation to adhere better and for longer.
Primers also help to mattify the skin by sort of waterproofing it and holding in moisture. Which is why it's very important to moisturise before applying.
Some primers have colour correcting pigments, which can even out tonal differences across the face. There are green ones for redness, lilac ones for sallow complexions and pinks and apricot tones for brightening skin.