To prime or not to prime? That is the question; and YES is definitely the answer. While I’ve always been in love with fashion and design, my interest in makeup barely scratches the surface of a full blown obsession. Yes, I do have a vanity littered with little black compacts, more brushes than I know what to do with and enough glittery powder to cover a small village, but getting down in the nitty-gritty of makeup application was never one of my pursuits.
So in all my years of being a girl, why have I just discovered the wonder of makeup primer? I’m not quite sure because I have been getting makeovers at department stores since before I was a teen. Maybe it’s because the salespeople are more interested in selling the newest color palette or cream to prevent aging? Or could it be because you’re not particularly paying attention when they first apply the primer, since you still see a naked canvas (aka: your face) practically begging for foundation and blush. Whatever the reason, I am now addicted to making sure that I always apply a primer before foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow, etc. So now you may be asking, why is this girl dedicating an entire blog post to primer? Here are my reasons why:
1. Primer helps smooth your face so your makeup will go on more evenly, smoothing out any bumpy patches. I’ve even noticed that my pores seem to look smaller when I use primer first. Primer basically helps create a canvas for your makeup.
2. It has a sticky effect with your makeup so your face will “stay put” wayyy longer than without primer. Have you ever said to yourself “My face is eating my makeup”? No? Then maybe it’s just me, but I always felt like my makeup would dissolve on my face after about 4 hours. But with primer, it basically clings to my face-Hello, Beautiful!
3. You know those weird eyeshadow creases you get around 2 p.m. in the afternoon? When I apply primer to my eyelids first, I don’t get those awful creases and lines.
Now that you’re super excited about primer, which one should you invest in? I have two favorites: Chanel Base Lumière, Base Èclat Du Tent (Illuminating Makeup Base) and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer “Protect”. I find reaching for the Laura Mercier tube more than the other because the “Protect” version has 30 SPF and I am always trying to protect my skin, since Melanoma runs in my family and I’ve already had surgery to remove it before. Plus, Sephora carries Laura Mercier, while I would have to go all the way to Saks to pick up more Chanel.
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