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I had never used primer before, but then I was provided some and noted that it really is great so I try to use it whenever possible. It makes the colors pop better and prevents creasing and rubbing when I wear mineral powder shadows.

Even if it does not prolong, face primer helps foundation adhering to the skin better and also it helps the foundation go on smoother. Some primer even minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines while other could help balance out the skin tone.

It depends on the occasion. I vary my foundations depending as well. Light little mu days I use a tinted moisturizer, no primer. Sunday to worship or sometime rushing for work I may not. Sunday’s because I’m only going to have on mu for 3 -4 hours and come home and wash it off. rush days because I don’t have the time. But if I’m going to be photographed or it’s a dressy occasion, I wear a primer because I want my mu to last & look as flawless as possible.

I don’t understand why you neede a primer if you set your makeup with powder! Where is it going to go?

The makeup doesn’t last long on oily skin, it just sort of melts away. :/ I have oily skin but haven’t found a primer that helps my makeup last longer.
If you have dry skin, setting it with powder should be enough. 🙂 x

On a normal day, yes, I absolutely must have a primer. I notice that my foundation just won’t go on as smoothly without a primer, and whatever I put on my face absorbs much faster and lasts nowhere near as long as on a day that I do wear primer. I also have insanely oily skin, so I think the primer makeup last longer for me as well.

I love primers I actually bought the prime time one today for my mom the oil control one frm bare esscentuals today.

Elysia,
I wear that one you use. How does your mom like the oil control one? The MUA at bare esscentials at Macy’s counter told me that the oil control one is for people who are practically dripping in oil from their face. I thought I was oily enough for it but she told me to try the regular one. Let me know how it works for you!

I wear a primer just because i feel it’s better for my skin! I don’t really like the feeling of wearing foundation directly on my skin, i don’t know why. The first foundation i purchased i purchased a primer too! That was why i started wearing it! But i guess it does help my makeup to last longer too!

No, I’ve tried several (Benefit, MUFE, and Korres), but I always feel like I’m wearing a lot more makeup if I wear face primer. Anyways, I’m pretty sure my makeup stays on just as long! 🙂

I always use primer (oily skin here). And some people say primer also protects your skin from cosmetics, do you think so?

Eye Primer was a revolution in the makeup industry, but I can’t say I think the same of face primers. I’ve been a pro artist for 15 years, and we seemed to manage just fine for years before primers came along. Honestly, most are just souped up silicone gels. They feel soft and silk, so they have a great wow! factor, but other than that, I really don’t see that they do much to extend wear or reduce the appearance of pores or fine lines- I have a feeling many primer devotees are victims of marketing hype and placebo effect.

Having said that, if I have a client or friend that craves a primer, I recommend a silicone based skin serum instead (like Olay Regenerist Serum or Estee Lauder Idealist). That way you get the smoothing effects of a primer, with actual skin benefits to boot.

i think primer helps my makeup look much more nicer and fresh. so i def think its necessary!

I own a good primer and to be honest, I don’t see any difference in my makeup nor does it seem to last longer if I wear it….so, no….I don’t ever wear primer.

I need a primer. I find that my foundation lasts longer. This is especially important when I go to school and then to work. I love primer. I can’t imagine going a day without primer when I wear foundation. Just another reason is it allows my make up to last all day at Disneyland. My boyfriend and I love going to Disneyland. I always had a major issue with my foundation falling off of my face. I found that the primer helped a lot.

Christine, why do you wear face primer when you know you’ll be wearing your make-up for a long time? What happens if you don’t? Would you still use it if you only wore your foundation???
Thanks!

I agree with Christine… I use Laura Mercier Primer with Laura Mercier TM… It makes it last for a full day of work! I’ve found Oil Free Primer is best for summer.

I actually have to and I do find it necessary since I have oily skin. At first when I was getting into make up I didn’t know anything about primers until I did some research on it and gave it a try. After that primer was added to my routine before I put foundation and concealer.

i would answer yes but unfortunately for me, i haven’t found a face primer that works on my combination skin (very oily t-zone and normal/dry everywhere else). i’ve tried mac, urban decay, smashbox and even “monistat” (LOL!!!). nothing works. i’ve decided to just give up on the whole face primer thing and do without it as it does nothing for me. my makeup is the same with or without a primer. but EYE PRIMER is a whole different story. i swear by UDPP! 🙂

No, not necessary. I think it helps when my skin is in not so great condition since it helps smooth things over. Otherwise, its just an extra step that I can’t be bothered with in my basic routine.

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