You’ll Never Believe These Primer Hacks That Actually Work

June 01, 2021
Caitlyn Martyn
By: Caitlyn Martyn | by L'Oréal

If you’re like us, you’re all for a good hack, especially if it means your makeup will look better — and go on faster. We all know that makeup primer can be used to prep the skin for flawless foundation application, helping it go on smoother and last longer, but did you know it has plenty of unconventional uses, too? Ahead, find a *shocking* list of hacks you can accomplish with a makeup primer. 

Collect Fallout 

While fallout is inevitable when doing your makeup — particularly while applying glitter eyeshadow — it doesn’t have to get in the way of your look. Instead of using a tissue or makeup wipe to get rid of fallout, grab some primer, like the NYX Professional Makeup Marshmellow Primer, and put some on a makeup brush, dabbing anywhere you see excess pigment or powder. We love this hack because the primer collects any fallout without disturbing the rest of the makeup you worked so hard to apply.
NYX Professional Makeup Marshmellow Primer

Erase Mistakes

Trying to do a graphic eyeliner look and you slipped up? It happens. Rather than reaching for a Q-tip and some makeup remover, look to a makeup primer instead. Apply it to the cotton swab and erase any mistakes you’ve made without taking off any other makeup by accident. 

Buff Out Lip Lines 

If you have a favorite lippie that bleeds into fine lines, this is the hack for you. Before swiping on your lip color next time, line your lips with a small brush coated in a primer (we love the Urban Decay Cosmetics Ultra Glow Primer) to keep the pigment in its place. 

Urban Decay Cosmetics Ultra Glow Primer

Smooth Out Flyaways

Got flyaways gone wild and no hairspray in sight? Dive into your makeup bag and grab a liquid primer, like the Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Pore Minimize Primer. Run it through your fingers and slick those baby hairs back. 

Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Pore Minimize Primer

Turn a Powder Formula Into a Cream

Some powder makeup products would just be so much easier to work with if they were creams. To turn just about any powder formula into a creamy consistency, simply put some of it on the back of your hand along with a drop of primer and mix until a paste forms. You can thank us later. 

Help Soothe Chafing 

Whether you’ve got painful skin-on-skin chafing or you’re worried about clothing fabric rubbing together, primer can help. Because many primers are the same consistency as a chafing cream, if you’re in a pinch, primer can do the trick.

Stop Clothing Static 

Did you know that primer can stop clothing static? Never again do you have to deal with your favorite dress clinging to the most uncomfortable areas. Apply a bit of a creamy primer, like the E.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer, to areas prone to clinging (read: thighs and stomach). The primer keeps static at bay and ensures your outfit looks like it’s supposed to. 

E.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer
Photo: Caitlyn Martyn

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