Are makeup primers necessary? 6 Reasons why!

So what’s the big fuss with makeup primer? So we all know the vital role that good skincare plays in the longevity of our skin. Without a proper skincare routine, it doesn’t matter how expensive your foundation is. And yes, while a diligent skincare regimen, foundation and that trusty concealer really do work wonders, makeup artists have got another trick up their sleeves for flawless skin: primer.

Many people skip makeup primer because they think they don’t need it or are unsure how to use it. Perhaps they don’t think it’s worth the extra expense. Hopefully by understanding the role of makeup primer a bit better, you’ll see that this baby is worth every penny.

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So you’re asking yourself – what is primer and is it actually going to help me?

What is the purpose of makeup primer?

Makeup primer seals your pores. If you wear a liquid foundation, no matter how small your pores are it can often make them visible. It also makes your skin feel incredibly soft to the skin (Believe me, it’s noticeable!) The next important function of makeup primer is the long duration of time during which your makeup remains unchanged – we all know that feeling of looking in the mirror at 4pm and that flawless look you had has rapidly melted (and your confidence melts with it…!).

So what are the benefits of wearing primer?

  1. Primer minimizes those large pores
  2. Mattifies the face – reduces shine
  3. Prepares your skin for foundation that offers you a flawless look.
  4. Smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles
  5. Makes your skin look more hydrated
  6. Primers are great barriers between your skin and the makeup. If you’re prone to breakouts and makeup clogs your pores, primers are a really great way to help eliminate this issue.

Also primer is not just applicable to those who wear heavy coverage foundation – even if your prefer BB creams, makeup primer really helps to combat shine especially later on in the day.

But wait, isn’t primer bad for your skin?

Skin primer is non-comedogenic:, meaning  that it won’t cause your face to break out or irritate your skin as it won’t clog your pores. 
Types of primer
  • Illuminating primers
  • Mattifying primers
  • Colour-correcting primers.
  • Long-wearing primers
  • Hydrating primers
  • Pore-minimising primers

If you are searching for a face primer to help color-correct rosacea or conceal acne spots, you need a green primer as that hue cancels out redness.

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So this is how my face looks from the beginning of the day to the end of the day- I didn’t use a filter because I want the photos to look natural. As you can see there is very little shininess in my T-zone and my makeup is holding nicely!

So how do I apply primer?

So you’ve found one that works for yourself and your budget, now you need to learn how to put it on!

Golden rule :  Always apply moisturizer before priming, as it makes your primer application even and wait a few minutes. 

When it comes to primer, a little goes a long way. Always start in the centre of your face (Like with foundation) and work your way outwards.

Top picks in South Africa? Well as you can see I’ve been trying out Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser (You can purchase from Dischem or Clicks) and it’s amazing and really easy on the pocket. If you want to splurge, another crowd favorite is Smashbox Photo Finish (R470 from Woolworthes)

Maybellines Baby Skin is a great option to try for your first primer purchase!

Maybellines Baby Skin is a great option to choose for your first primer

So let me know if you decide to take the plunge and try out primer! Tag me in your instagram pics so I can see your purchases @topknotchblog

Sending love on this lovely Thursday!





  1. September 28, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Your eyes are so stunning! Great detailed post. I’ve never tried the Maybelline primer for some reason, though I do own the Smashbox one.

  2. September 28, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Such an informative post! I was one of those who never used primer, until I had my makeup done professionally, and they sent me home with the products used. I used the primer and saw how it blurred my pores, and helped my Foundation go on smoothly! It is now a must have for me!


  3. raisinghumanbeans
    September 28, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I love primer! It is the only way my makeup looks good when I have acne

  4. September 30, 2017 / 3:35 am

    Wow, I don’t usually use primer but I guess I have to from now on 😀

  5. October 1, 2017 / 10:36 am

    I have a sample of Benefit’s porefessional and it makes a huge difference with the pores on my nose.

  6. October 20, 2017 / 8:59 am

    I really enjoyed your post! Very informative to readers that are a bit sceptical about primers. xx

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