Primers pretty much do it all. Not only do they keep your makeup lasting long hours and fill in lines and creases, but, depending on the formulation, they can also clear up acne, mattify oily skin, and smooth out the complexion. Apply under makeup or let it work its magic alone for a natural, flawless look. Take a look at three top multitasking primers now. On Kirbie: Topshop.
Take a good look at the skin around your nose and cheeks. If you see any bumps, uneven areas or even tiny holes, then you have enlarged pores. Not so thrilled? We feel your pain, so we've tracked down three pore-minimizing primers. Each one also stops shine in seconds by smoothing your skin and keeping your makeup intact for hours. Look for added benefits that will keep your skin and makeup looking good long after you applied them, too. Watch now to get the scoop.
When a primer can do more than just create a smooth canvas on the skin, that's well and nice. But when it's so good it practically replaces your foundation and gives you a dewy finish, that's when it moves into must-have territory. Laura Mercier's Foundation Primer in Radiance ($30) achieves the ultimate balance. It subtly diffuses imperfections and brightens, all while leaving a level base for which makeup to lay.
Because it's thick in texture, a little goes a long way. That means not only will your foundation (if you even need it) last longer, but the primer itself will, too. Don't let its radiance claims conjure up images of glittery bits or excess shine, however. This primer's pearl tint lends a sheer, healthy-looking glow to the skin. And that's exactly why it's been described as "candlelight in a tube."
Makeup artists will often advise buying more than one concealer or foundation to get a perfectly customized blend that's practically goof-proof. Although it's not something most of us think about for primers, the same principal can ring true for these face-perfectors, too. Clarins' Pati Dubroff, who has worked with celebrities like Freida Pinto, Charlize Theron, and Eva Mendes, says that sometimes, two primers are actually better than one, and here's why:
- You call the shots: Have an oily T-zone, but lackluster cheeks? Then consider using two different primers targeted for these two very different conditions. "Sometimes you have to strategize with primer," advises Dubroff, who suggests using the brand's Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch ($33) to minimize imperfections and quell shininess pre-foundation, along with the radiance-boosting Beauty Flash Balm ($45) pressed on the outer edges of the face for glow and lift.
- They're great after the fact: Just because you've primed your face and applied your makeup, doesn't mean you can't pull out the primers again later. The Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is "great for filling in as a powder over your makeup," Dubroff says, and the Beauty Flash Balm delivers an instant pick-me-up when and where needed. And this has been your primer on doubling up the primers.
If makeup is like paint, then your skin is like a plain white wall. So why not prime it first? Thanks to the Spackle line from Laura Geller Makeup, you can now fix the cracks and imperfections on your face before you begin your masterpiece.
The original Spackle is one of one of Geller's signature creations. In essence a primer for your foundation, the formula is intended to smooth and perfect your skin's texture. Full of nourishing botanicals, it's lush, lightweight, and gentle enough for all skin types. Buy it here for $25.
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