To Prime or not to Prime? That is the question.

Recently, primers have made their way to every girl’s make-up kit. Not only do we have a face primers, but there’s also eye make-up primers and lip primers. They prep or prime the part of your face that you’ll put make-up on. Talk about choices!

Today, let’s find out if the most commonly used primers (face primer and eye primer) are a necessity or merely an accessory. To prime or not to prime? That is the question.

What is a primer again?

 It’s a gel-like substance that has wax, silicone and polymer. It prepares your skin for the next product to be put on (foundation or eye shadow ) thus making everything look smoother, more flawless and more even. This also helps make the product adhere to your skin better hence it lasts longer (especially when it’s hot and your skin gets oily).

Isn’t it similar to a moisturizer?

The main difference is that the formulation of a primer helps with uneven skin texture. It’s primary purpose is to, again, prep the surface and make it ready and conducive for the next product to be put on. For eye primers, it helps the eye shadow appear more vibrant.

Now, a few photos for comparison:

(First up are eye shadow swatches)

The one that looks like it’s been erased a bit is the one without the primer. The yellow with the primer definitely looks more vibrant!

Well, in this photo, it’s blatantly clear which side has the primer on. The left side- which looks like it’s been smudged- is no comparison to the right side.

(Moving on to face primers)

This before and after is of a woman that has applied on face primer prior to putting on her foundation. Hhhm…Her skin looks better – younger and brighter.

This before and after is of a woman that applied foundation directly without a primer. Though there isn’t much difference in the photos, it seems that after the application of the foundation, her face looks smoother.

Our Verdict?

One point for this: Face primers are recommended if you have uneven skin texture. It will smooth out all your imperfections. Applying the foundation after a primer makes the foundation glide on to your face better resulting in better blend-ability. Unfortunately, a moisturizer can give the same kind of effect.

Two points for this: When it comes to eye primers or eye makeup primers, we’d have to say that it’s a necessity and not an accessory. Pictures above show that eye primers help get a better color pay-off. The color definitely shows better if you prime your eyelids prior to putting on your eye shadow.

Suggestion: You can always skip a face primer especially if you’re skin is fair but it’s advisable to have an eye primer so your eye shadow color appears as it is when applied.

Anything else then?

Yes. Here are two more FYIs to help you decide on primers:

  • If you have acne-prone skin or oily skin, it’s best to opt for a primer with a formulation specifically for your skin type.
  • Always double check primer reviews online before buying one. See what people have to say about a certain primer.

Have you decided on it yet? Well, whatever you decide on, tell us about it! Good luck.