To Prime or Not To Prime? (Face)

The definition and meaning of makeup priming have changed overtime, in some cases to be more confusing. However, as a professional makeup artist, you have to know what it means to prime the face for makeup application, whether a separate primer is needed, what skin concerns you are trying to address, etc. 

While some makeup artists swear by skincare as priming alone to be just fine, others argue that a makeup artist should have a variety of primers in their kit to address specific skin concerns such as redness, dehydration, large pores, uneven skin tone, dull skin, oily or dry skin, sensitive skin, and more. 

In my opinion, moisturizer is non-negotiable, and has to be freshly applied before makeup application. Then, I carefully assess the client’s face by asking questions and gently pressing with my pinky finger to see the skin response. From there, I decide whether to apply a specific primer that would be beneficial to the client, and not just another layer.

That said, often times either one of these three techniques are used post moisturizing:

  1. On top of moisturizer, one primer is applied concentrating in a specific area, with purposes to smooth the skin, correct redness, provide a healthy glow, mattify, or further hydrate. The best example of this is using a moisturizer suitable for the client’s skin needs, with, for example, an oily T-zone being covered with a mattifying primer, but the rest of the skin left alone.
  2. On top of moisturizer, two or more primers are used to correct more than one concern on a client’s face. Same skin concerns as above, using specific primers in specific areas. 
  3. Lastly, as I mentioned in the beginning, some makeup artists feel as though the moisturizing step is enough to prepare the client’s skin for makeup, and if it’s still fresh and active – carry on with makeup application.

Here I’ve listed some great options for common skin concerns:

– Redness: Smashbox Photofinish Reduce Redness Primer
– Dryness: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Primer
– Oiliness: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Mattifying Primer
– Roughness: Becca Skin Love Brighten & Blur Primer, IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Makeup Primer +
– To provide glow: Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer – Illuminating, Becca Backlight Priming Filter Face Primer
– To reduce pores: Smashbox Photofinish Pore Minimizing Primer
– To prolong the wearing time: MILK Makeup Hydrogrip Primer

If you’d like to read more about this topic I highly suggest reading the Adore Beauty article, and Allure article.

Ethereal

Model: Olivia Heck for a photoshoot.

Products:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette & Dip Brow in Medium Brown
– NYX Cosmetics gold glitter liner & Bedtime Flirt lip lingerie
– Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
– Becca Cosmetics Moonstone highlighter.

(Disclaimer: I do have Olivia’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Red Lips, Always

Beautiful Ashley!

Products:
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette, brow powder duo in Taupe
– M·A·C Cosmetics ProLongwear Concealer, StudioFix powder, Russian Red lipstick
– BECCA Cosmetics Moonstone highlighter
– Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
– Maybelline New York Superstay 24H foundation.

(Disclaimer: I do have Ashley’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)

Colors, Anyone?

Products:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Dark Brown
NYX Professional Makeup multiple eyeshadow palettes
FentyBeauty Pro Filter foundation
Maybelline New York Red Revival lipstick
BECCA Cosmetics Moonstone highlighter.

(Disclaimer: I do have Sanita’s consent to post her images on designated websites including Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, and use in my digital portfolio.)