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How to Use a Face Primer for Longer Lasting Makeup

Article Published: 30 November 2022

Learn how to use a face primer in your makeup routine to help foundation last and how to pick the best face primer for your skin concerns and finish.

Woman applying a face primer onto skin for longer lasting makeup

When it comes to makeup we often place all the emphasis on layering on foundation and concealer or creating a fun colorful graphic liner look or bold lip – but one of the most important parts of makeup application is making sure your face is properly prepared for anything you place on it.

What is a face primer and what does a primer do for your face and foundation?

A face primer has many benefits for your makeup and each one offers a range of different results depending on the one you pick.
• Overall – most makeup primers are designed to help extend the wear of your makeup and help your makeup last longer
• Some face primers create a temporary smooth texture to the skin and fill in fine lines, pores, and wrinkles to help makeup glide on smoothly for even looking foundation
• Certain makeup primers can be great for oilier skin types as they can help to mattify skin with shine and oil-controlling properties
• Makeup primers can also help to change the finish of your makeup look by creating either a dewy, illuminating, and glowing base for your makeup

How do I use a face primer?

A face primer is best used in your makeup routine as the step between your skincare and your base coverage products like foundation and concealer. After cleansing with your favorite facial cleanser and using a lightweight serum (Like Advanced Génifique Face Serum) and moisturizing (be sure to use a moisturizer with SPF during the daytime) apply a primer suited to your skin type and desired makeup finish to the skin. For best results – make sure your skincare has fully absorbed before applying your face primer. It’s also a good idea to allow your face primer to set before applying any of your coverage products as this can help to prevent your foundation from pilling or applying splotchy.

What type of face primer should I pick?

The face primer you choose is going to depend on what areas of your face and skin you wish to target with a face primer. As explained different face primers can help to target different areas of concern.

Primer for Hydration & Visibly Smoothing and Blurring Skin Texture and Large Pores: Priming Serum

Priming Serum is our solid smoothing and blurring face primer that helps to blur and minimize the look of pores and visibly mattify skin. The formula starts out solid and transforms into a balm-like texture during application and provides skin with hydration. It’s made for all skin types, even sensitive skin – but the hydration component in particular makes it a big winner for drier skin types.

Infused with a serum formulation of 1% Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide it helps enhance skin with 24H of Hydration and creates an instantly healthier-looking complexion. Just as it helps to visibly and instantly smooth over the skin – it also helps to improve skin over time. In 2 weeks skin feels smoother and feels more supple.

Primer for Oily Skin & Leaving Skin with Silky Smooth Matte Finish: La Base Pro Makeup Primer

La Base Pro Makeup Primer is our oil-free face primer that leaves skin feeling smooth and soft with a matte and satiny finish that doesn’t look greasy. As it glides easily and smoothly over the skin (and visibly refines skin texture) it leaves skin with an “air brushed look” for a professional looking base thanks to Elasto-Smooth™ technology which leaves skin with a soft‑focus effect and diffuses light like a filter on a camera lens. Meanwhile silicones and emollients help create an even base for foundation and the oil‑free formula feels comfortable on skin as it controls shine making it a great face primer option for oily skin (but it’s also suitable for use on all skin types)

Face Primer and Foundation Pairings

When you’re looking to play with the finish of your makeup one of the easiest ways to do so is to pair your foundation with a primer as this can help to set the tone for the finish you want your makeup to have.

Face Primer + Foundation for a Natural Glow:

For a natural glowing makeup look consider layering our Priming Serum with Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care and Glow Foundation. Priming Serum provides 24 hours of hydration to skin and provides an instantly healthier-looking complexion. Our Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care and Glow Foundation is a 24-hour healthy glow serum foundation with an 82% hydrating serum base formula (which includes Hyaluronic Acid and Mandelic Acid) and leaves skin with a healthy glowing finish. The buildable medium coverage means you can play with creating a coverage that works for you without looking cakey. Finish with Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Concealer for any areas that need extra coverage like redness or dark circles.

Face Primer + Foundation for a Matte Look:

For a matte makeup look and finish try layering La Base Pro Makeup Primer with our classic Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation. Our La Base Pro Makeup Primer is an oil-free face primer that absorbs quickly and creates a smooth makeup base that leaves skin feeling smooth and soft and with a finish that’s perfectly matte and satiny‑soft and never greasy. Next up our Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation leaves skin looking smooth and flawless and has a natural matte finish that doesn’t look dry, powdery or cakey and lasts all day without oxidizing or fading. Plus the formula is oil-free, transfer-resistant, and non-comedogenic so it’s great for those with oily skin wanting a matte finish. Layer it up with our Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Concealer for any areas where extra coverage may be needed! If you have oily skin discover more makeup tips for foundation on oily skin.

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