Primer: A Make-up Necessity

By Butterboom Writers  /  February 27, 2009

Ever wonder how models in magazines or beauty ads achieve that flawless look?


One word-  primer.  Primer evens and smoothens the surface of your face, readying it for makeup.  Some primer  also moisturizes and nourishes your skin.  Of course, the main thing with primer is that it covers up the flaws and imperfections on your skin.

Most of us would prefer not to add another step into our beauty regime, but trust us, it will be worth it.  Primer is used after your usual moisturizer on clean skin and should be allowed to set into your face for a few seconds.  Apply it with your fingers, targeting the areas where make-up doesn’t last.

We’ve done the hard work for you in selecting the best out there and come up with the top 5 most popular choices below.


Nars Make-up Primer:  an oil-free gel cream that has Kiwi, Green Tea, Lavender, and Grape extracts

Smashbox Photo Finish:  silky blend of vitamin and antioxidants that smoothes skin by filling in lines and pores to create a flawless canvas (comes in colorless and color blends)

Sephora Brand Professional Perfection Make-up Base:  infused with Pink Pearl radiance to enhance skin tone, this make-up base evens and smoothes all day long

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer:  oil-free combination of Vitamins C, A, and E that protects skin against outside elements while holding make-up application in place

Clarins Instant Smoothing Perfecting Touch:  uses acacia micro pearl to remove lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores to reveal a level base for make-up application

Main photo from Laura Mercier


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