Ladies, before you get your facebeat, do you use a primer? It appears the jury is equally split with some people considering it a staple item in their makeup routine, while others miss this step completely.

Primers are typically used to prepare the skin for the rest of your makeup, helping to reduce blemishes, the appearance of pores and to even the skin tone, but with the increasing sophistication of moisturisers and other skin products, do we still need primers?

Is it time to say goodbye to your makeup primer? 36958664 - face of an young black beauty in black and whiteThe necessity of primers has been doing the rounds recently in beauty mags and there is a real question as to whether we actually need to be spending our money on it or not. In general, some primers can be helpful in particular makeup routines and experts have said that priming before applying your makeup will reduce smudging and creasing – tick and tick! But there are now products such as setting sprays that do a very similar job, only they are applied after you’ve finished your makeup.

There’s now even specific primers for different areas of the face. For example, eye primers are to be used before applying your eye shadows and eyeliners, will help prevent your makeup from creasing and keep it looking fresh, and reduce the need for those trips to the bathroom for top ups! Another point to consider is that certain foundations and moisturisers already have in-built primers.

As with most makeup, you can shop according to your budget, you don’t have to stump up for an expensive primer, there are loads of brands on the high street. Two of my favourites are L’Oréal Infallible Eye Primer, only £5.99 and E.L.F Cosmetics Pore-less Face Primer, £4.69, both of which will do the same job as a £30 primer.

So, are makeup primers really a thing of the past? Well that’s really up to you! There have been studies that show skin balancing properties in primers are evident in all moisturisers. Ultimately, makeup is about experimenting and finding what works for you personally, Pat McGrath once said: “Creativity is your best makeup skill, don’t be afraid to experiment,” and that thought can be applied to anything, whether that’s with or without primer!

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