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Difference Between Primer and Foundation

Creativity and innovation has seen the beauty industry evolve at a very fast rate. While this is a great thing, it has created a lot of confusion among the users, especially beginners. Concepts such as the art of preparing the skin for makeup is hence not known to all. It is important to understand various makeup items such as primers, BB Creams, foundations, and concealers, as they perform different functions.

 

What is Primer?

This is a product used on the face before any other product is applied hence acts as a makeup basis. It is not skin-colored and has a serum-like and thin consistency. Although it is an important step, not everyone incorporates it. It helps makeup last longer, reduces transfers, ensures an even application and produces a smoother surface.

 

What is Foundation?

This is a liquid, stick, cream or mousse that closely resembles skin color, and is applied above the primer. It has a thick consistency and is used to create a smooth and even complexion, while also hiding blemishes and redness.

 

Similarities Between Primer and Foundation

  • Both are makeup base products

 

Differences Between Primer and Foundation

Definition

A primer is a product used on the face before any other product is applied hence acts as a makeup basis. On the other hand, a foundation is a liquid, stick, cream or mousse that closely resembles skin color, and is applied above the primer

Use

While a primer is used to help makeup last longer, reduce transfers, ensure an even application and produce a smoother surface, a foundation is used to create a smooth and even complexion, while also hiding blemishes and redness.

Makeup step

Primer application is the first step in makeup application. On the other hand, the foundation is the second step in makeup application.

Primer vs. Foundation: Comparison Table

 

Summary of Primer vs. Foundation

While a primer is a product used on the face before any other product is applied and is used to help makeup last longer, reduce transfers, ensure an even application and produce a smoother surface, foundation is a liquid, stick, cream or mousse that closely resembles skin color, and is applied above the primer. It is, however, advisable to consult with a qualified beautician before using any makeup products, as products work differently for different skin types. Although these products work perfectly, too much is not recommended as they can clog the skin pores.

 

Tabitha Njogu

Tabitha graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, whereby she specialized in Finance. She has had the pleasure of working with various organizations and garnered expertise in business management, business administration, accounting, finance operations, and digital marketing.

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1 Comment

  1. To the writers of DifferenceBetween,

    I thought when I read this that Primer and Foundation would be used in their educational/philosophical senses.

    Like – a primer is used to teach children or adults to read.

    The foundation would be laid on through the primer – which brings us to the makeup and beauty connotations you discussed.

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