Primer vs Moisturiser

I get asked this all the time. Why do I need primer? Isn’t moisturiser enough?

Moisturizer is different to primer.
The main difference between primers and moisturiser is that primers are designed to create a smooth surface for foundation, while a moisturiser is designed to hydrate and nourish the skin.
Primers are important I say to clients because it’s like painting a wall without an undercoat…if you don’t do the undercoat first the paint has nothing to adhere to.’

Primers help the skin have a base that is the same as the base of your foundation and this means it helps your foundation to stay on and last.

If you apply foundation directly to the skin without a primer it slides off as your skin texture counteracts the foundation ingredients/make up.

When you see a moisturising primer or hydrating primer don’t think they replace your moisturizer and it’s a two in one. These primers can help keep parched and dehydrated skin feeling soft. While a makeup primer formulated for dry skin can’t replace a face moisturizer, it can make your complexion look and feel softer. Hydrating primers are designed to be an additional step for dry skin, not a substitute for moisturiser. This is because primers tend to sit on the surface of the skin, and function as a barrier.
Below is a good guide to the difference between the two. Hope this helps!


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