There are so many makeup products out there that sometimes it can feel like not all of them are 100 percent necessary. Will your makeup really not stick without setting spray, is a beautyblender really better than a sponge, do you really need to put on primer before makeup? The last one is especially confounding because every magazine and beauty article claims it's necessary in order to get a photo-ready face, but it's hard to measure if it's working or not.
Do primers really use science to help your makeup stay on longer, or are they just a quick way for cosmetic companies to pull another five to 40 dollars out of your wallet? For anyone who has bought a bottle or tube of the stuff and hasn't seen life-changing differences, it can be easy to feel hoodwinked.
It's like when you buy blackhead strips that don't do anything but leave your nose throbbing, or "rose water refreshening spray" and feel like you just spent 12 dollars to spritz tap water on your face. You're just not sure if it's worth the money. To help put the debate to rest, professional makeup artists sounded off whether these primers are really necessary.
From face to eyeshadow products, we'll explore if primers are needed for makeup, and what are the pros and cons of buying them. Here's to solving the mystery.