A. Can You Use Serum As Makeup Primer?
I’m a fan of Paula’s Choice. When she talks about skin care, I usually listen. But when I came across a specific video from your skin care team (I’d put a link in, but it’s already been removed), I was surprised. Beautiful Desiree talked about serums and mentioned that they can also be used as a primer.
Sera as primers? Sure, a serum can work as a moisturizer if you have super-oily skin, but a foundation? I am not sure. In theory, the idea makes sense. In fact, not in practice. Here’s why:
1. Why a Serum Makes Sense Like a Makeup Primer
Makeup primers are the key to lasting, flawless makeup. You:
- Smooth out any bumps so the base slides more smoothly
- Fill in fine lines and wrinkles and make them look smaller
- Create a skin barrier that prevents the pigments in your foundations from coming into contact with your natural oils so your face doesn’t turn orange
Many silicone-based serums, such as Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum and Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum, can do the same. A good serum can fight wrinkles, smooth dark spots, and add extra moisture to the skin. Many primers also make the same sweet promises to you, but don’t have enough skincare products to offer.
So, in theory, it seems to make a lot of sense to use a serum as a primer. You save time and money in the morning, but benefit twice as much, right? Not so fast. Not sure which skin care ingredients to combine? Download the FREE How To Layer Actives Like A Pro cheat sheet to find out:
2. The problem of using serum as a makeup primer
There’s a reason your serum is applied BEFORE your moisturizer. Moisturizers create a barrier in the skin that retains moisture (and everything else on the skin). If you use the serum first, then the moisturizer, the serum has no chance of dissolving in air. But do it the other way around and this light serum will have a hard time getting through your moisturizer. You can place a primer on top of the moisturizer as you want it to stay on your skin. How can it create a smooth canvas for your makeup when it’s deeply absorbed by the skin?
Serum, on the other hand, must be absorbed through the skin. They work better and faster when their active ingredients can penetrate into the deeper layers, where they strengthen collagen, inhibit melanin production and do all the things that keep your skin young and healthy. If you follow Desiree’s advice and use her serum as a primer, you can forget about its antiaging benefits. It smoothes your skin and really makes your makeup prettier, but it can’t fight dark spots and wrinkles as well as it should. I think I’ll stick with a separate makeup base, thank you very much.
B. How To Use A Facial Oil As A Makeup Primer
For a makeup primer that creates a flawless makeup look while offering some nourishing benefits to the skin, squalane oil is the right place for you. The right facial oil serum can also be used as a primer under makeup. For best results using a facial oil as a makeup base, do the following:
1. Start with a clean face
Wash your face with a gentle, natural facial cleanser. Use ingredients appropriate for your skin care routine and remember that a soap-free cleanser does not remove the skin’s natural oils. Pat dry. Whether you have dry or oily skin, you should gently cleanse each morning.
2. Apply your facial serum
Then apply the treatment serums and allow them to penetrate the skin for best results. Then, with an additional moisture supply to maintain the skin’s balance, we recommend that you try 100% pure hyaluronic acid.
3. Time to hydrate
After applying your facial serum, moisturize with one of the Timeless Skin Care face oils or your favorite face cream. All of our natural skin care products are lightweight and non-greasy, so you don’t have to worry about layered products.
4. Use a facial oil as a base
Once your skin is properly cleansed and you’ve applied the serum and moisturizer, it’s time to apply facial oil as a base. Timeless squalane oil is a moisturizer and makeup base and is popular even with oily skin types.
5. How to get healthy skin under makeup
Now that you know the most effective way to use an oil as a base before applying makeup, we’d like to share some additional tips for you to maintain beautiful skin under makeup application.
- Remove your makeup properly. When you’re ready to remove makeup, do it carefully so you don’t irritate your skin.
- Clean your makeup brushes. It is very important to clean your makeup brushes with a mild detergent once a week, just as you would use to remove makeup. Makeup brushes come into contact with bacteria, dead skin cells, acne, and environmental pollutants that build up on your skin over the course of the day. No matter how fresh and clean your skin looks, bacteria can be left on your brushes that you can’t see.
- Don’t share makeup. No matter how much you love your friends, it’s best not to share makeup with them. This will limit the spread of bacteria between the makeup brushes and the makeup itself, and any possible rashes it may cause on your skin.
- Don’t sleep with makeup on. We understand. Sometimes removing makeup at night can be painful, especially if you’ve had a long day at work or partied late into the night. As uncomfortable as it is, it’s important to fall asleep with a clean face every night.
- Most people sleep with one side of their face propped up on a pillow, which will leave makeup on the pillowcase and clog pores. This can lead to the formation of microcomedones, which attract bacteria to the skin and increase the likelihood of rashes and acne.
- When you sleep with makeup on, you leave dirt and bacteria on your skin that can clog pores and keep your skin from “breathing.” When you sleep with makeup on, you’re not getting the benefits of your skin care products. To get the most benefit from your makeup serum and moisturizer, always wash your makeup off before using them.
- Know when to throw away old makeup. Have you ever found makeup products that you forgot you had in your makeup drawer? It might be a nice surprise to find you have more makeup than you thought, but remember that cosmetic ingredients don’t last forever. Old makeup degrades over time, which means old products may not work as well or may not work as well in the new condition. Even worse, when makeup ingredients go bad, they can cause irritation or even infection.
- To avoid damaging your skin with old makeup, first make sure the container has an expiration date. As the US does not have an expiration date for cosmetics, some products do not have an expiration date. However, you can set a recommended expiration date yourself the first time you open the product.
C. How To Apply Face Serum & Why It Is Perfect Under Foundation
What is a facial serum and why should you add it to your beauty routine? We’ll take a quick look at the benefits of whey and how to apply it under your foundation.
1. What is serum
A serum is a facial product that you can add to your facial routine if you have a skin problem such as redness, dark spots, blemishes, sun damage, or wrinkles. Serums contain important antioxidant vitamins and minerals that penetrate the skin to help combat these specific skin problems. The ingredients in the serum penetrate the skin directly rather than sticking to the skin like most moisturizers. Therefore, apply facial serum after cleansing and before adding moisturizer.
2. Serum vs. facial oil
Many don’t even know that there is a difference between serum and facial oil, but there is. As mentioned above, a serum contains ingredients designed to penetrate the skin. Facial oils, on the other hand, contain ingredients that are heavier and stick to the skin (some lighter oils can be absorbed a little). For this reason, facial oils should be applied after a serum and before hydration. Don’t miss our list of non-toxic facial oils you can trust, made in the USA.
3. Benefits of facial serum
- Antioxidant vitamin and mineral booster for the skin
evenly colored skin
- Dark spots lightening
- Repair damage caused by the sun
4. How to apply facial serum under the base
Using the serum under the foundation adds skin care benefits to your daily makeup routine.
- I apply the serum to a clean face in upward strokes, I use about 2 strokes.
- Let it sit for about a minute before applying any concealers, lighteners or other skin corrections.
- Now make your corrections.
- Then apply foundation. A sponge is ideal for the best coverage. You can dry the product without leaving any streaks. The splash creates a smooth finish as it protects the makeup.
5. The end result
I usually agree with the advice of Paula Begoun and her team, but I think there is always an exception. Serums are the flagship of skin care, and you lose most of their anti-aging properties when you use them as a primer. Thank you!