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the importance of primer

Primer is one of those must-have beauty products that so many women have either never heard of or have no idea what its for, so here's the scoop. What you put on your face before your concealer, foundation and powder is just as important, if not more. Why? Not only does primer prep your skin for the perfect foundation application by filling in fine lines and smoothing out pores, but it also keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. It’s one of those beauty secrets that can make a big difference in the look and wear of your makeup and bring it to a whole new level.

Follow these steps…

Step One - Moisturise: Apply a light moisturiser before priming and allow it to fully absorb into your skin for a few minutes.

Step Two - Blend: A little primer goes a long way, so apply a pea sized amount with your fingertips and starting in the centre of the face, work your way out to create a light and even coverage. You can also apply the product by dipping a damp foundation wedge sponge into the primer and dabbing it gently onto your face, beginning under your eyes and around your nose then add the primer to your forehead, chin, nose, and cheeks and blend the primer right into your skin. Use a little extra on your T-zone and over large pores.

Step Three - Apply foundation: Once your primer is on, allow a few minutes for it to set before applying foundation evenly.

Step Four - Finish with powder: To really lock in your makeup, apply a dusting of translucent powder over your base, specifically focusing on your T-zone area where makeup tends to slide off first due to oil excretion.

Try these miracle worker primer products that prep, treat and mask your skin so beautifully you’ll literally wonder how you went so long without them before.

Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. This primer will make the most of your natural complexion, add sheen without greasiness and give an instant skin tightening and mattifying effect. It also helps to reduce pores while offering a smooth, matte surface that’s picture-perfect.

Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer. Effective at creating the perfect long-lasting visage while adding dewy-fresh glowiness to dull skin due to it's Vitamin E and shea butter.

Dermalogica Age Smart Skinperfect Primer SPF 30. Anti-aging primer that evens out your skin texture and decreases fine lines. It shields skin with SPF 30 and helps makeup stay put for hours. It’s also especially brill for combating dark spots.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer. It's pricey but is known as the messiah of the primer world, simply because the advanced formula does it all. The silky texture glides onto the face, leaving behind a flawless canvas refines pores, softens fine lines, rules out imperfections and imparts a matte and translucent radiance to the skin.

Benefit The POREfessional. A beauty balm that shrinks the appearance of pores and leaves your skin super-silky.

Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control. Award-winning primer with a formula to treat breakouts and keep your complexion clearer.

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