Primer: The Great Houdini

I never realized how wonderful a thing primer was until I really got interested in makeup. I always used to think it was a little much until one day, it was a Tuesday, my world changed forever. I was so amazed at how smooth and easy it was to apply my foundation, it was like butter. And my pores? What pores?! The best thing, though, was that my makeup looked fresh all day. Before my great awakening, I’d have to stop and reapply my foundation throughout the day (which was such a drag). Primers are great bases for foundation, but there are many more great tricks this little miracle can tackle as well.

pink, green, and lilac primers

Dull skin is never fun, but there is definitely a simple solution for this problem. Lack luster skin is no match for light pink primers, they can add an amazing glow. I recommend the Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer. It’s silky, weightless and dries to a powdery finish. Lilac shades (like the one found in Revlon’s PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer) brighten sallow skin, and green formulas (like Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Primer in Green) neutralize redness.

dollop of primer

Too much of a good thing can be not-so-good, this is definitely true for primer. A little bit goes a long way, trust me. When you load up on primer, it pills under your foundation. A small drop, about the size of a raisin, is plenty. Gently apply it on the skin, and you’re good to go.

eyelid primer

The skin underneath your eyes is extremely sensitive, so when applying product in that area be cautious. Instead of rubbing, gently pat it into place and buff it out in a circular motion. Around the eyes and on the lids, primer is the ultimate three-point play (sorry, I’ve been watching the NBA playoffs with my boyfriend lol): it prevents makeup from smudging or creasing by absorbing oils, it diminishes crow’s feet, and it thwarts redness. Try Smashbox’s Photo Finish Lid Primer, it provides the perfect base for flawless eye shadow application.

lancome cils booster xl mascara primer

Want thicker, longer lashes? Layer on an eyelash primer under your regular mascara. Who knew such a thing existed? These formulas amplify sparse lashes and contain vitamin E or glycerin and condition lashes beautifully. Lancôme’s Cils Booster XL is the perfect candidate for such an effect. It’s thick, bushy brush is perfect for creating great fan-like lashes and the white formula goes on mostly clear. Just be sure to limit your mascara to two coats, any more will leave a big clumpy mess.

smashbox blemish primer

If your primer already contains anti-acne ingredients, its best that you skip spot treatments. Layering on too many acne-fighting products simultaneously can irritate the skin and cause inflammation. Try Smashbox’s Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control, the oil-free formula hydrates the skin but won’t clog pores—and the two percent salicylic acid content wards off blemishes.

Don’t you hate it when you see women with feathering lipstick, or when it starts to settle into lines of the lips? You see them everywhere: Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, DSW. The poor dears. Don’t be another victim! Use a lip primer, it locks down color and combats feathering, fading and transfer even after the world’s biggest cup of joe. I love the Lip Insurance Lip Primer by Too Faced, it’s hydrating formula is perfect for matte fanatics like myself.

makeup powder

Setting your makeup is a cakewalk, just remember this order: primer, liquid foundation (or tinted primer), translucent powder. I never thought a simple step could make such a huge difference, but it does. The water in your makeup and silicones in most primers repel each other, so if you touch your face both will come right off. A translucent powder stops this fiasco from happening. There are tons of these out, almost every line out has one, but my personal fave is the Smoothing Translucent Setting Powder from the Sephora Collection. It glides on effortlessly and I love the matte finish it gives my foundation.

If this hasn’t convinced you that a primer is a must-have in your beauty routine, I’m not sure what will. The benefits are numerous, so run to your nearest Sephora and scoop one up (I promise you’ll love it). There are even tinted primers you can wear alone like Sunday Riley’s Effortless Tinted Primer, doing so adds a nice wash of color (which is perfect if you’re going for an au naturel look). Seriously, go get one!

Stay beautiful loves

xoxo ❤


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