What is Primer and What does it Do?

face primer with some beauty sponge
A primer is a type of cosmetic product that is applied to the skin before the application of makeup. It acts as a preparatory step to create a smooth and even canvas for makeup application. Besides, it can be used on the entire face or targeted to specific areas, such as the T-zone or under the eyes. 

Types of Primer for Face

The following are 6 common types of face primer, and each type of primer addresses specific skin needs and concern.


Hydrating Primer

Hydrating primers are designed to provide moisture to the skin. They often contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin to hydrate and plump the skin, creating a smooth and dewy base for makeup.


Matte Primer

Matte primers are formulated to control excess oil and shine on the skin. They help to create a matte finish and minimize the appearance of pores, making them ideal for those with oily or combination skin.


Tinted Primer

Tinted primers come in various shades and provide a hint of color to even out the skin tone. They offer a subtle coverage, similar to a lightweight foundation, and can be used alone or under foundation to create a more polished look.


Illuminating Primer

Illuminating primers contain light-reflecting particles or subtle shimmer to add a luminous glow and enhance the complexion. These primers can give the skin a radiant, dewy look, perfect for achieving a natural, lit-from-within glow.


Color Correcting Primer

Color correcting primers are available in various colors that help neutralize specific skin concerns. For example, green primers counteract redness, lavender brighten sallow or dull skin, and peach or apricot minimize dark spots or under-eye circles.


Oil Control Primer

Oil control primers are specifically formulated to control and absorb excess oil throughout the day. They help to mattify the skin and prevent makeup from sliding off or getting shiny, making them suitable for those with extremely oily skin.

How to Use Face Primer?

Learn how to use face primer step by step.

1. Start with clean, moisturized skin.

2. Choose the right primer for your skin type and concerns.

3. Take a small amount of primer (about the size of a pea).

4. Take a small amount of primer (about the size of a pea).

5. Focus on problem areas if needed.

6. Allow the primer to set for a few minutes.

7. Proceed with your usual makeup application.

a face primer on the table