5 Things You Didn't Know Your Makeup Primer Could Do

Who needs a primer? You do. Really.

1. It's an alternative to facial oil blotters.

Stash your primer in your bag and dab a teensy bit (a little goes a long way!) on areas afflicted with midday shine.

2. It evens out your skin tone.

Truth is, some primers do half the work foundation does. Have you ever seen one of those color-correcting ones? A thin layer is enough to cancel out dark circles and redness while still looking natural.

3. It erases your pores.

With all the HD gadgets out there, it’s best to blur a little around the edges. Some primers impart a “soft focus finish,” which is fancy speak for real-life pore Photoshop. Now you see ‘em, now you don’t!

4. It softens wrinkles.

You know how foundation tends to settle into the creases of your face? (Hello, more-pronounced laugh lines!) Well, if you put primer on those spots, you won’t have that problem. You’re welcome.

5. It makes your lipstick last all day.

Yup, the same product that makes your foundation look flawless can also be used on your lips. Dab a bit on your puckers to prep the surface and your lipstick will glide right on. 

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