Makeup Primer Basics

Types of Makeup Primer

When you shop for a primer, you may be overwhelmed by the variety of choices on the market. The first step is to identify whether you need an oil-reducing or hydrating base from which to start your makeup application. Primers come in many shades and several types, but they're labeled by function and where they're intended to be applied. If you like to keep your eye makeup in place and prevent creases, there are primers that are transparent and safe for eyes. If you want to avoid smearing or feathering lipstick, there's a type of primer that will keep your lip color in place.

If you're interested in full-face coverage, there are both translucent and tinted primers that go on like a moisturizer and keep your foundation from sweating or rubbing off. These primers minimize wrinkles and provide extra coverage for areas with dark spots or blemishes. If you don't have many lines or spots that require added cover, makeup primers could actually save you time -- they're tinted in many skin-matching shades, so you can skip foundation and go right for the finishing powder.

Once you've chosen the perfect primer, learn how to apply it by reading the next page.