What retouching does for photos, primer does for your complexion. Just ask any makeup artist and they’ll tell you it’s the secret to flawless skin. It’s the best way to prevent your makeup from melting, smudging, and fading away plus primers smooth the complexion, visually blur imperfections, minimize pores, even out skin tone, and create the perfect base so your foundation glides on easily, evenly, and stays put all day.
All primers give your skin a soft-focus finish and smooth, silky texture but there are those that are chock full of added benefits to bridge the gap between skincare and makeup—they’re formulated to counteract redness, moisturize, absorb oil, protect from UV
Lipstick launches are always in season, but for spring, there are some new kids on the block that we’ve got our eyes on.
My pet lipstick peeve is that it doesn’t stay on long enough: by latte time, almost every variety is washed off or has transformed into a paler version of its former self. Makeup artist Ramy Gafni suggests the following tips to ensure lipstick longevity:
Fill your lip with a nude or lip-toned pencil before you apply the lipstick of choice. “The pencil gives the lipstick something to adhere to so the lipstick stays on twice as long,” he says.
After applying lipstick, use a one-ply tissue against your lips (the thinness helps; two-ply is too thick, says Gafni). You
MEET THE BROW THERAPIST
Ramy began his career in beauty after dropping out of law school and relocating to Sydney, Australia to attend The Sydney College of Makeup Art and The Napoleon Academy of Beauty. This career change offered Ramy the opportunity to pursue freelance work as a professional makeup artist where he traveled through Singapore and Europe and back to his hometown of New York before taking a job as a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown. After a Non-Hodgekins Lymphoma diagnosis, six months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and a full recovery, Ramy realized there is limited help available to the cancer patient in dealing with the physical evidence of those treatments.