Monday, November 12, 2012

Ask Ellewar: All about primers

I recently heard a statistic that only 22% of women know what primers are - which is a little baffling to me. So, I figured I would write a brief post about them.

What are primers?
Primers are magical silicone based formulas that you apply to your face after your moisturizer and before your foundation. The point of a primer is to make your foundation last longer on your skin, and most primers help to fill in pores and lines to make a more even and flawless complexion.

A primer can be used at absolutely any age, and can be worn alone or underneath makeup. Some companies have come out with specialty primers for different types of problem skin. 

Primers are best applied with clean fingers to help warm up the product (if you apply it with a brush you waste about 20%.) 

Without getting too confusing, I will explain briefly that there are different grades of cosmetic silicone. So the cheaper the primer you buy, the lower the grade of silicone that's in it - which is why some drugstore primers (not to bash drugstore brands) feel greasy and don't work as well at concealing large pores and lines. They don't quite have the same longevity as a higher grade silicone does.

I hope that answers a few questions you had about primers!

If you have a request, other questions, or would like me to review something, please leave a comment below! 

Thanks for reading!


1 comment:

  1. Laura you should do a post on BB creams since everyone is buying them these days. How similar are they to primers, would you use both primer and BB if you had both or just one or the other, and what's your pick for best at different price ranges?