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Are Primers Really Necessary for Long Lasting Makeup Looks? [Poll]

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This moment in the makeup industry is one for everyone. With all of the astonishing things that makeup can do as of 2020, one component that is habitually sought after, are longwear looks. Whether you’re into creative, high fashion, editorial looks, or a clean matte everyday face—some might agree that a primer is a necessary step. Do you use primer?

Why Prime the Face?

Having beauty go-to’s that are time and cost-efficient can make a big difference in getting ready, and overall satisfaction of products. Demands seem to evolve just as quickly as the capabilities of makeup. One of these demands is for favorite products to look the best they can, and last as long as possible.

 

How Primer Works

This is the logic behind primer. Primer for the face is typically made from a silicone base with a jelly-like texture. The purpose is to prepare the skin for the application of a product that will sit on top. It coats the skin, smoothing out any irregularities, wrinkles, blemishes, and what have you. It also gives the product being applied something to grab hold of, hence, promoting longer wear than without it.

But is it indispensable to get the look you want for as long as you want?

Is Primer Really Necessary?

Whether or not primer is necessary for long-lasting makeup looks depends on the intended use of the makeup.  Where it’s being applied, the texture of the skin, other products being used in tandem, and even brushes can make a difference.

When It Isn’t

For example, a primer for the eyelid may be omitted if the eyeshadow being used is already longwear, or if a base and blending shadow are applied as the look is built. The same may be considered for the face if a foundation and concealer are applied with a baking technique, which utilizes translucent powder to set the look.

When It Doesn’t Hurt

On the other hand, one may notice that certain colors appear bolder, and blend easier with the use of a primer. Those with oily skin may find that a primer serves them well in maintaining makeup as it oxidizes on the face, as it provides a barrier between the makeup and the pores.

However, certain products may oxidize poorly with the primer, creating more moisture. Overall, the versatility of makeup and its uses make it a tough call to make a definitive claim about whether or not primer is truly necessary. Let us know what you think, GR8 beauties.

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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