I have always asked myself if I really needed a primer and I wasn’t really sure until the first time I used one. I tried some primers out on my hand at the shops and they left my skin silky smooth but I just didn’t see how that would contribute to my makeup.
More recently while wondering around sephora I decided to try out Benefit’s Porefessional on my face, to see what a difference it would make. Let me tell you it made quite a big difference not only on my face but also on my way of thinking. I started to wonder more about primers and what not.
I am now the proud owner of Bourjois Paris‘ Happy light matte primer and I have to say I’m pretty impressed (I reviewed it here and also included it in my August favorites post). It answered all my questions right the first time I used it.
Now if you have the same question that I did let me help you a bit with your decision. There are a couple of questions I think you should ask yourself in order to understand if a primer is what you want to spend your money on.
1- Do you wear makeup regularly?
2- When you do wear makeup, do you wear it for long?
3- Is your skin oily?
4- Are pores not your best friend?
If you answered yes to all these questions go ahead and get a primer. I you answered no to all of them then perhaps you shouldn’t go running to the nearest mall. But what if you answered yes to some and no to others?
First of all if you only put makeup on now and then (or if you barely own a foundation) then I don’t think you would really need a primer. Although if you really want to try it go ahead, I am not here to judge you.
Secondly, if you don’t wear your makeup for long you won’t really miss primer unless you pores are a problem for you (like they are for me). Basically, primer will help your makeup last for longer, because it basically gives your makeup a ‘base’ to adhere to, so it doesn’t magically fade away after a couple of hours. So even if you have the smallest pores in the word, if you need to wear makeup for long period of time, and keep your makeup looking good then I would say you do need primer.
For me, I have found that a matte primer really helps keep my skin less oily throughout the day. This is sort of important because, aside from not wanting to look like you are collecting oil to fry some chips when you get home, oily skin and makeup is really not a good combo.
Finally, some primers really help reduce pores (the one I’ve heard does it best- Porefessional by benefit). But if this is the main reason why you’re buying it make sure the primer you choose does reduce pores because not all of them do. Pores are not cute and I feel like you can notice them better when you have makeup on
Basically, in my opinion, if you really love makeup and you own the basic makeup products and want to ‘take it to the next level‘ then go out and buy that primer. If not, then there’s better things to spend your money on, basic makeup items that I think come first.