10 Surprising Ways You Can Use Your Makeup Primer

We are addicted to our primers. They not only leave our skin looking poreless and flawless as well as making our makeup sit better and last longer, but they can fix a whole host of beauty emergencies throughout the day. If you want to get more from your primer than flawless foundation, pick a silky (as opposed to creamy), silicone-based formula that is both colourless and odourless. A product such as the iconic Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer can work its non-greasy magic all over the face, hair and body; from erasing makeup mistakes to preventing skin-on-skin friction. Here are 10 ways to make yours work for you:

1. To mop up eye shadow drop-down

It can be used as a magic eraser to tidy up eye shadow "fallout" underneath eyes. First sweep away any loose shadow with a powder brush and then pick up a dab of primer on your foundation brush and lightly sweep it under the eye to instantly restore perfection.

2. To sharpen up feline flicks

The same applies to your eyeliner. If you're flicks go wonky (when don't they?), apply a small amount of primer to a cotton bud or concealer brush and erase mistakes to restore balance.

3. To ensure lip liner perfection

When your lip liner swerves outside the lines, don't take it all off with remover and re-do it, use primer instead in the same way as above, on a cotton bud or concealer brush, to start afresh without spoiling the makeup around it.

4. For lipstick perfection

It's not all about erasing; you can use your primer underneath your lippy to prevent it from feathering outside the lines and from setting into any lines. It makes any lip formula feel velvety.

5. To tame frizzy hair and flyaways

You can also use a little bit of a silky primer to tame frizzy hair caused by humidity. Simply rub it between your finger tips and smooth them over problem areas.

6. To stop clothing static

Primer is a fashion accessory, too! To stop static, rub a little bit over your tights where your skirt sticks to them.

7. To prevent chafing

Not wearing tights? Relieve chafing between the legs (or anywhere else on the body) with your primer that acts as anti-friction relief for skin-on-skin rubbing.

8. To make full-coverage foundation more sheer

If you want to adapt your foundation for Summer, you can mix a full-coverage formula with a drop of primer to make it more translucent and sheer on the skin.

9. To turn powder eye shadows into creams

You can also mix your primer with any powder eye shadows to make them creamier in texture. Plus they will become longer-lasting, bonus!

10. To revive gloopy gel eyeliner

If your gel eyeliner has dried out in the warmer weather or from too much air getting to it, you can revive it by mixing in a small amount of primer. No need to buy new liner!

By Bridget March

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