A good primer can really boost your make-ups appearance to the next level, making you look flawless like using a filter in daily life. We asked our Kryolan experts on everything related to primers – from finding the right one to the best application technique and even if you really need a primer.
Here are the answers:
What is a face primer?
A face primer
is a product used for the preparation of the skin. By using one, you can achieve a balanced skin type before applying concealer and/or foundation.
Why do we need a face primer?
Primers are not always necessary if the skin type is well-balanced. A primer is needed when the skin needs to be equalized to improve the application, look, and/or durability of the make-up. For instance, a primer can fill in fine lines and pores, absorbs access oils, or moisturizes your skin. Even if you have acne scars or rosacea, a primer can help to make your skin look more even when using foundation on top.
What is the best make-up primer?
This really depends on every person’s individual needs. There isn’t a primer that works for all skin types because of the nature of what a primer is used for. It would be difficult to find a primer that would contain the ingredients to be compatible and balance all types of skin. There are primers specifically made for people with dry or oily skin, like our Complexion Primers
. Some primers on the market are meant to be for every skin type, but as this product is used as a base, it’s recommended to find one suitable for your specific skin type.
How to use a face primer?
A good-quality primer only needs to be used sparingly. Using too much product on the skin can often affect the durability of other make-up products. The idea is to achieve a healthy balance between hydration and a non-oily surface. This is what is known as a balanced skin type and is the ideal complexion to apply make-up for a natural and healthy-looking base. The primer should be applied to clean skin before the application of color cosmetics. It should be massaged into the skin either using your fingers, a Blue Master Foundation Brush Large
, or a Make-up Sponge Angled
. Primers should be applied in the necessary areas only and do not need to be used over the entire face if it is not needed. It is advisable to allow primers a minute or two to be absorbed into the skin before applying make-up; this also allows some time to check whether the skin needs more hydration or mattifying, depending on the skin type.
How does a primer (e.g., Digital Complexion Primers) work?
Primers are designed to correct specific skin types, i.e., dry, oily, or textured. Ingredients are specifically selected to help achieve a balanced skin. Therefore, each formula is created with a function in mind. For drier skin types, hydration is key, so usually, these primers contain high water and/or oil content is included, as in the Digital Complexion Primer for dry skin
. It also contains plant extracts which in combination help to soothe potential irritations, which can then improve the surface texture for a smoother application of foundation. With oily skin types, there are a few ways in which primers can help combat shine on the skin's surface and prevent oils (sebum) from affecting the foundation base. Some primers are silicone-based, in this case, which prevents the oils from passing through to the foundation. In the Digital Complexion Primer for oily skin
, innovative special elastomer powder particles help to absorb excess sebum and results in a balanced skin type that has a mattifying impression on the complexion.
Is a primer necessary when using foundation?
Primers can also be used as a single product. If applying a product for dry skin, make sure to put your moisturizer first and then the primer. The effect it will give to visually reduce either oils/shiny skin surface or help to make the skin look more supple and less textured.
Is primer necessary for oily skin?
Yes, because unique products like the Digital Complexion Primer for oily skin help absorb access sebum and oils. In addition, people with oily skin often tend to have enlarged pores, which can be visually reduced by using a primer.
Which primer is best for dry skin?
A primer that helps to moisturize your skin, like the Digital Complexion Primer for dry skin. It’s water-based and contains anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce skin irritations.
Does a primer clog pores?
No, a good primer doesn’t clog pores. The Digital Complexion Primers are evening-out pores, but they don’t block the skin from breathing.
Can I use face primer for the under-eye area as well?
Yes, there are suitable primers for the under-eye area. Lightweight primers that do not contain too much oil or are better suited for the skin under the eyes. It is the thinnest part of the skin on the face and therefore has fewer absorption capabilities. Overloading the skin with too much product can cause the creasing of the make-up, forcing the product into the fine lines around the eyes. Our Eye Shadow Primer
is the perfect balance and consistency to use as an under-eye primer and on the eyelids.
Why does a primer smooth the skins’ appearance?
Some primers have a smoothing effect; this can come in the form of ingredients that have anti-inflammatory benefits, therefore reducing uneven areas of irritation. Also, hydrating properties often make the skin a little plumper, which can minimize large pores and minimize the effect of texture. Silicone can also be an effective ingredient to help smooth over uneven skin surfaces by filling in the lines and pits on the skin's surface.
Why are the Digital Complexion Primers suitable for modern camera technologies?
The primers themselves were not developed for 4K-technologies, but they significantly enhance the effects of the Digital Complexion Fluid Foundation
, Digital Complexion Cream Foundation
, and Digital Complexion Concealer
. They act as the perfect base for this make-up. In combination, the result looks flawless, and your skin like photoshopped in real life.
What is multi-priming?
Multi-priming is a primer application technique for people with combination skin, in which different primers are added where it’s needed. Find out more about multi-priming here