The Benefits of Adding a Primer to your Makeup Routine

Create a Flawless Base

The Benefits of Adding a Primer to Your Makeup Routine

Elevate Your Makeup Look

There are a few tricks to flawless makeup, and they all start with acing your base. That’s where a primer comes in. This nifty product creates a silky-smooth canvas for your makeup so it looks smooth and lasts longer, but it has a host of other benefits, too.

The makeup experts at INIKA explain how a face primer works – and how to choose the right one for your skin type.

What is makeup primer?

A primer is a lightweight liquid, cream or gel that preps the skin for makeup products, like foundation, BB cream or concealer. Most primers are clear and absorb quickly and all-natural formulations provide skincare benefits to the complexion. 

The 5 Major Benefits of Primer

These silky creams may not look like much, but they can do wonders in elevating your makeup look. These are just some of the ways primer can help you achieve a flawless finish.

  1. It evens out the skin

If you take a close look at your skin, you’ll probably notice small bumps, fine lines and enlarged pores — all of which are completely normal (and beautiful). You might also have rough or flaky spots. When you apply foundation or tinted moisturiser directly onto your skin, it may emphasise those uneven areas, cling to dry patches and settle into any lines.

Enter: Primer. The formula fills in those creases, blurs the appearance of pores and evens out any bumpy textures, leaving your skin looking soft and smooth. By doing that, it creates the perfect makeup base so your products glide onto the skin.

  1. It makes your makeup last longer

There’s nothing worse than meticulously applying your makeup, only to watch it slip and slide down your face as soon as you encounter warm weather or an overly heated room. You might be wondering how to make your foundation last all day.

Think of primer as a barrier between your skincare and makeup, and the solution to oil slicks. It locks in your moisturiser, face oil or sunscreen and gives your foundation or BB cream something to “hold on” to so it doesn’t sink into your skin. The result? Makeup that lasts — and looks fresher — for longer.

As a bonus, it also reduces shine, making it a godsend for those with oily or combination skin.

  1. It improves the skin

Is primer good for your skin? The answer is yes! Since primer works as a barrier, it can prevent breakouts and clogged pores from making an appearance whenever you wear makeup. It also allows your skincare products to do their job, even if you’re rocking a full face of makeup.

Water-based primers hydrate the skin, too — and all of our primers fall into that category.

For example, the 100% all natural INIKA Organic Radiant Glow Veil essentially adds another layer of moisture to the skin on top of your skincare products. This primer is packed with essential fatty acids to deliver hydration into the deeper layers of the skin, leaving it looking healthy and plump. This glow veil primer is made up of 72% certified organic ingredients to soothe and nourish the skin, including a blend of Argan oil, apricot and lavender essential oils along with aloe vera for calming and vitamin E for skin repair.

If your skin is dry, mature or normal, the INIKA Organic Radiant Glow Veil is ideal. it helps the skin to look smoother and more luminous and ensures your makeup doesn’t “stick” to any dry or flaky patches. We love this primer for creating a dewy base. Mix a drop to your INIKA Organic Liquid Foundation to create a luminous natural dewy look that looks natural and youthful. 

  1. It’s suitable for all skin types

Anyone can use a primer and expect the same smooth, long-lasting results. The key is choosing a primer that contains targeted ingredients.

If you have oily, combination or congested skin, reach for the INIKA Organic Matte Perfection Primer. This is the BEST primer for acne-prone skin, it’s infused with certified organic liquorice root extract and rice extract to regulate the skin’s oil production, and willow bark extract to calm redness and sensitivity. The mattifying primer works to minimise the appearance of pores to prep it for makeup application. We love the sustainable sugarcane derived tube as it’s super easy to carry in your makeup purse for late afternoon touch ups before a night out. This primer works beautifully under the INIKA Organic Baked Mineral Foundation. 

  1. It is Ideal for Makeup-Free Days

The INIKA range of Primers are all-natural and act as an additional line of defence on makeup-free days. The skin loving ingredients have protective properties, such as antioxidants and vitamins that help shield your skin from environmental stressors like blue light and pollution, reducing the risk of premature ageing and damage. They work well over your daily SPF too! Remember, a primer goes on AFTER your SPF as a perfecting base.

How to apply primer properly

Now you know this product is key to flawless-looking makeup, let’s talk about how to use makeup primer.

Follow these steps:

  1. Primer works best on clean, moisturised skin, so complete your skincare routine and wait a minute before moving on to the next step.
  2. Dot a pea-sized amount of primer on your forehead, cheeks and chin.
  3. Using your fingertips, blend the primer into your skin until a thin layer covers your entire face. Pay special attention to the nose and t-zone, as these areas tend to get oily first. You can also use a clean foundation brush to apply your primer. 
  4. Give the primer a minute to work its magic and absorb into the skin.
  5. Apply your makeup as usual. If you are SERIOUS about your glow, boost the skincare benefits and your radiance with the INIKA Organic Baked Mineral Illuminisor. 

INIKA Organic

Baked Mineral Illuminisor

Mineral Illuminator Powder Compact Create the perfect illumination with this 100% natural mineral highlighter. Volume: 8 grams  
Add A Primer to Your Makeup Kit

Along with creating a canvas for your foundation or BB cream, evens out skin tone and blurs imperfections — making it a must-have in any makeup kit. To achieve long-lasting makeup, shop the best face primers made with certified organic and vegan ingredients.

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