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Make-up 101 – what is a primer?

An essential cosmetic in your make-up kit. Find out why you need it.

Written by Kriti Saraswat |Updated : September 25, 2014 2:53 PM IST

primerMake-up can make or break your look. When done correctly, it can enhance your facial features but mess it up and you can end up looking tacky. Though there are several nuances involved in make-up, there are certain must-have cosmetics to get your the right look. One of them is primer.

While you may have heard of foundation, compact powder, blush, etc, the use of primer is not very well-known. But ask any skincare or make-up expert and they will tell you the importance of this often missed out cosmetic. We tell you what it really does to enhance your look.

A primer is a sheer liquid which is used even before you apply your base. It is quickly absorbed into your skin and lends evenness to it. According to celebrity cosmetologist Dr Dinyar Workingboxwalla, 'Applying a primer between your skin and make-up helps make-up glide on smoothly, evenly, and stay put.'

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Who needs a primer?

Everyone who applies any kind of make-up should use a primer. Even if you have oily skin, you should apply primer. This is because it will help make-up from entering your pores by forming a protective layer on it and also make for a smooth base to do the rest of the make-up. It can also help in controlling the oil and your make-up will stay on for a longer time.

How to apply a primer?

After washing your face, apply a good moisturiser or sunscreen and then put little dots of the primer on your entire face and neck including the eyelids and under the eyes. Then gently massage it into your skin till it absorbs and you are left with a clean and smooth surface. You can now start with your base make-up.

Brands which offer a primer

Here are a few cosmetic brands which have a primer on offer:

  • Oriflame
  • The Body Shop
  • Revlon

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