To Prime or Not to Prime….That is the Question!

Good Morning / Good Afternoon / Good Evening and Hello!! How are you? Well? Warm? Happy? I hope so! Have you got the hob nobs and your cuppa? Good, because I have something I need to talk to you about……On this journey as a beauty apprentice, one of the latest worlds I have dipped my toe into, is the world of primers.

Make Up Primers

I say dipped my toe in because if I’m honest I found it a bit scary – to me it was just another thing that made a million promises to help your make up remain perfect all day, to keep you looking fresh faced (and ‘primed’ I suppose) all day long and I was getting a bit bamboozled about just how many products I was meant to be filling my make up bag with! (Its ok though because I have recently invested in a larger make up bag before embarking on this journey so all is well!)

In order to reach any sort of conclusion on my daily discovery I knew I couldn’t do it alone – so I took a little trip into a well known high street store and asked someone who looked like they knew and turns out they did and they were very helpful! I wanted to know

  • Why primers existed
  • How they would help me
  • Whether it was something that needed money investing in for it to be worthwhile.

What is a primer?

I typed this exact question into google and this was the first answer I got :


Afirst coat or layer of paint, size, etc., given to any surface as a base,sealer,or the like.

I hope you have realised by now that I’m not going to be talking about paint or Dulux in this blog – however in the make up world the role of a primer is much the same – just like you prime a wall before you paint it, you can prime your face before you apply foundation.  Primers work much like a moisturiser under your foundation does: they ease the application of foundation and are meant to create a barrier between foundation and skin.  Makeup artists swear primers go one step further than moisturisers:  They’ll even out skin tone, help your make up stay on longer and absorb oil with salicylic acid.

How does a primer help?

Primers are an incredibly popular pre-step to foundation application.  Foundation primer creates a smooth surface for foundation or tinted moisturiser, filling in pores and fine lines so your foundation doesn’t.  You’ll find your foundation will seem to melt on to your skin, rather than sit atop it when you apply a primer first.

According to the makeup artist’s favorite, Laura Mercier, other benefits of foundation primers include:

  1. They allow foundation to “stay put” in hot weather.
  2. Help prevent skin from absorbing talc and pigment from your foundation as well as preventing talc from drawing oil from the skin.
  3. They contain botanicals such as orange, lavender, jasmine, rose, geranium, grape, kiwi and aloe extracts to soothe and refresh the skin.
  4. Using a primer underneath foundation helps you avoid “cake face.”

Is it worth investing?

Now in all honesty I cannot answer this question directly because as yet I have not had enough experiences in the primer world to understand the intricate differences on my own skin, and I also haven’t tried out enough to be able to compare them. What I can tell you though is that a primer is fast becoming a must have in the make up world, with every company releasing their own version, ranging from a few pound to prices to make you cry!

And, as the lovely and very helpful make up assistant did point out to me – what is the point in investing in good make up if you’re not prepared to lay a good foundation? It is arguably the primer that should be the thing you invest the most money in as it is the thing that paves the way for a good looking face of make up or that of an average day.


What do you reckon? Do you use a primer? All day every day, or like me on special occassions? Do you feel like its pointless or can you notice a difference? What are the best ones to use in your opinion? Come and visit me again in a few weeks and I’ll let you know which are my 5 favourite primers (to date!) and if you’re really lucky I might just do a ‘with’ and ‘without’ primer photo shoot so you can see the difference!

So until next time, be good, sending you lots and lots of love & warm cuddles

Suzanne xXx

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