Differences between Korean primer and makeup base

While both beauty bases work very similarly to one another in that they help give your face a smooth, evenly toned finish before any makeup application, there are a few differences between the two products.


  • Primer: Primers are designed to ‘prime’ or prepare your face for makeup application. They are multifunctional in the sense that they have benefits such as pore-blurring to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores, tone up to brighten skin tone, seal wrinkles and fine lines to prevent foundation or other face makeup products from seeping into these lines, and so on. Makeup primers can also have colour correcting effects to help improve the appearance of red areas of the face.
  • Makeup base: Best Korean makeup base Australia is designed to enhance the colours of your makeup products and make them appear more vibrant. A beauty base will create a neutral and smooth canvas before makeup application. Sometimes, when you have uneven skin tone, your foundation or coloured makeup like eye shadows can appear differently or have less intensity than what you would expect. The solution to this is to apply a makeup base beforehand.


Nonetheless, as both these products have very similar ingredients, sometimes they are used interchangeably to mean the same thing. The best way to determine whether a primer or makeup base is suitable for your skin type is to look at its ingredients and benefits. If you have oily skin, you would want to opt for something that is mattifying to prevent shine. On the other hand if you have dry skin, you would want something that is more hydrating in texture.


How to use primer or makeup base?

To give your skin a smoother, flawless look with longer makeup wear that remains fresh, start with your everyday skin care routine. This should include a proper moisturiser for your skin type and adequate sun care in the day. Once your skin care routine is complete, you can apply a primer or makeup first to give your skin a smooth, flawless ‘canvas’. It will give your makeup a longer lasting effect, without it caking, smudging or flaking. Your beauty base can also help smooth out fine lines and uneven skin texture to prevent foundation, BB/CC Cream or cushion makeup from clumping.


Once your primer or makeup base has dried slightly, it is time to apply your remaining face makeup of your choice. Feel free to use any type of foundation you like, whether it is liquid, cushion or powder. Follow with a concealer or corrector to hide imperfections, redness or dull-looking skin tone. Enhance your facial dimensions with a Korean face blush, best Korean contour and highlighter Australia for a sculpted-looking finish. Finally, set your makeup with setting spray or setting face powder to prevent it from smudging or rubbing off on surfaces.


Korean face primers and makeup base are often ignored when applying makeup. However, adding them to your makeup routine can really make the difference in terms of its finished outcome. After all, why not get the perfect makeup look every time? Shop the best makeup primer Australia at BONIIK - the best Korean beauty, skin care and makeup store from our large variety of beauty brands you will love!