Primer: The Trick to Helping Your Makeup Battle Hot Conditions

You just spent twenty minutes applying your makeup. From eyeliner to lipstick, you have the whole process down to a science. Maybe you’ve even mastered applying it on the way to work at stop lights (which we wouldn’t recommend).

But what happens when the heat turns up? Don’t let all of that beautiful effort melt away (literally). When the humidity tops out, it’s impossible to always be in air conditioning. Keep that look with the help of makeup primer.

What is primer?  

No, it’s not paint, but is similar in that it hides lines and uneven texture. Primer ensures a smooth and uniformly colored surface that helps other cosmetics adhere to the skin. Not to mention, it boasts built-in SPF protection.

It’s important to purchase primer that’s right for your skin, however. There are specially made formulas for women with oily or combination skin, as well as those with sensitive or dry skin.

How is it used?  

Generally, primer is used to create a better base for other layers of makeup. For example, blush lays and stays with a smoother surface.

If you have uneven skin tones or flaws (and, really, who doesn’t?), makeup primer brings everything into balance while nourishing your skin. It also reduces a shiny forehead, if you have oily skin.

How to apply primer

After moisturizing, rub primer all over your face using your fingertips, or just to the areas where your makeup doesn't usually last, such as the nose, chin, and eyelids. Be sure to spread evenly with clean hands.

You don’t want to accidentally deposit dirt into your pores. We all know that spells Breakout City.
Then, apply foundation after the primer is absorbed, which usually takes several minutes.

Once the foundation has time to settle, it’s time for blush. Remember to go lightly and use a soft powder brush to apply. Eye liner, eye shadow, and mascara are the last steps to completing the look.

Primer-The Trick to Helping Your Makeup Battle Hot Conditions

What are some examples?  

On the market, there are numerous problem-specific primers. Tinted primers give splotchy faces an even look. Or use it to keep lipstick from feathering. (Think flaking that makes the lips appear dry and cracked.)

First, determine what type of primer you need based on your skin type. Then, figure out the primer’s function. Most primers help three problem areas: eyes (to keep makeup in place and remove creases), lips (to prevent feathering), and face coverage.

All in all, the best time to use primer is during the summer. Hot, humid days are famous for melting makeup because we all sweat. Since we can’t carry a portable air-conditioning unit, this is the next best thing (and cheaper).

Another good time to use primer is before heading to the gym. Obviously, we all want to look our best. After all, that’s why we stick ourselves on the treadmill or hit the weights several times a week, right?

Primer virtually stops your makeup from running down your face into a puddle. We can’t promise it won’t wipe off if you’re drenched after Zumba, though.

Laura Burkey writes on various topics, including cyber safety, gardening, and beauty products.

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  1. what I do to keep my makeup from dissolving is I use powder. For instance, before I put my eye makeup on I wipe my eyelids with powder from my compact, this helps it stay for pretty much the entire day. For your face you can use color set powder (or even simply baby powder, works just as well), this should definitely help your makeup stay on. Just brush it on after you out on foundation and blush.

  2. primer on the t-zone, foundation and concealer then translucent powder to set it in place


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