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04-25-09 | Posted by


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Before you lay your foundation, make sure your skin is primed and ready for color.

Just like you prime your walls before applying a coat of paint, using a primer makes the paint cover better and the whole look is smoother. The same works on your skin. Primers can also act as mattifers to block excess oil from breaking down your color foundation. A good primer also makes your foundation last longer so you won’t need to reapply as often to maintain good coverage. Primers are also good for concealing open pores. You can use it instead of moisturizer for oily skin and on top of moisturizer for dry skin. Look for a primer with an SPF for added benefits. Another tip is to stick your primer in the fridge to cool before applying – perfect for inflammation and puffy eyes and swelling or bumps.

SISLEY INSTANT PERFECT – This little tube may just be the thing that takes your complexion to the next level. Sisley’s siliconated gel smooths, controls shine and spackles every little blip on your face. It contains soy extracts for firming, and Frangipani blossom extract to make pores invisible.  

LAURA MERCIER PRIMER –Lightweight gel, very hydrating and cooling but oil-free, in a neat flat tube that’s easy to carry and store

LANCOME LA BASE PRO PERFECTING MAKEUP PRIMER – Oil-free and non greasy formula for instant smoothing effects and pore minimizing, comes in an easy pump

SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH – Pump bottle that contains vitamins and antioxidants, and comes in color correcting shades like green for redness,  lavendar for yellow tones, apricot for dark circles, plus colorless and one with SPF15.

BARE ESCENTUALS PRIME TIME – Mineral-infused so it glides on under foundation to provide skin-smoothing benefits all day long

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