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Get photoshoot fresh with a primer

Primer, what is it and do I really needs it? You visit your local cosmetics counter to re-stock your favorite foundation and you’re seduced by ”too good to be true” selling points presented by a flawless counter girl. So, you buy three— just in case.

As a makeup artist, I adore primer and tend to favor it over actual moisturizer. When priming skin on set I will usually skip the moisturizing step and just apply primer and foundation. I find that I don’t have to do as many touch ups this way.

But as your know, there is an exception to every rule. Severely dry and aging skin requires some kind of a moisturizer to wear primer well. A good primer will conceal large pores, smooth out rough texture and give your concealer and foundation staying power. Makeup for the camera obviously has more demands than an everyday beauty routine but a primer is still quite beneficial tho the overall health and look of your skin. — even if you’re not preparing to step in front of the camera.

Primers come in all shapes and sizes, the pioneering primers almost always had a light weight lotion texture with anti-aging and or soothing benefits that felt nice but didn’t do much in achieving the desired airbrush look that one expected a primer to do.  Nowadays every major cosmetics line has a primer to work with their line of foundations all claiming theirs is the best, thus, making it difficult to choose. With the advent of the new silicone based, skin nourishing and moisturizing all in one primers your choices just got easier.

The newer primers not only soothe, moisturize and hide large pores but also provide a sheer to medium coverage that is build able.  If you’re a “soap and water” kind of gal and are still not convinced that a primer would be beneficial, then I respect your stance as a minimalist.  I simply don’t agree. Just do me a favor, try it out and see if it doesn’t make you feel like a movie star.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing