Have you ever tried to bake a cake before? You know how the icing just kind of goes down into all of the little nooks and crannies right away? It usually ends up caking up and even tearing up some of the cake in the process. You want to know why? You didn’t start with a smooth and level base. You forgot to add the primer layer!
Make up primer is applied to the face to smooth the application of foundation and eye shadow. It is intended to create a more even texture that disguises fine lines and other facial imperfections. Generally it is in a liquid or powder form made from waxes, silicones, and polymers.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc Free Mineral Correcting Powder
This versatile make-up primer is about $11 for 0.5 ounces in the drugstore. The color correcting triad blend of green, pink, and yellow tones is applied through an attached twist brush that allows for easy blending. Physician Formula’s products are hypo-allergenic and fragrance free, and their primer boosts your make-up’s staying power while filling in imperfections and smoothing the skin.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance
Laura Mercier claims that their primer is the ultimate canvas for foundation and make up. Laura Mercier actually pioneered face primer and now everyone else is selling it too. Their radiant line of foundation primer, not only creates a smooth and silky surface for make-up application, it also adds a sheer glow to the skin. Fans of the product rave about its lightweight formula. The department store product is about $30 for 1.7 ounces.
L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream
L’Oreal’s BB Cream is about $11 in the drugstore for one fluid ounce. This magic all in one skin beautifier comes in four shade: fair, light, medium, and deep. According to L’Oreal, this foundation primer is also a tinted moisturizer that hydrates, corrects, evens, and perfects. This drugstore make-up primer is lightweight and blends into the skins natural tone very well.
Smashbox Photo Finish Facial Primer
Makeup artists rave about Smashbox Photo Finish in beauty columns all over the place. The product is available online for $36 to $42 per fluid ounce. Smashbox tells us that their make-up primers create the perfect canvas for make-up application. The liquid primer is blended with a combination of antioxidants and vitamins to help fill in the skin on a long term basis while priming the face for make-up application.
Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer
Revlon’s new line of make-up primer is part of a three step system to achieve a picture perfect look. The perfecting primer costs about $13 in the drugstore. It can be worn alone or under foundation to smooth the surface of the face and create the perfect canvas. Also consider the Eye Brightener and Color Corrector.
Which Primer is Right for Your Skin?
Have you made the final decision on which primer is right for you and your skin? This can be a tough one that I think can only really be resolved if you try a few out. Sure, this can be an expensive experiment, but how else will you know which one is ultimately the best choice for you?
Give it a little more effort, time, and a little cash and I bet you’ll come up with the primer that makes your entire routine that much better, more enjoyable, and leads you to a lovely finished look.
Have fun finding the makeup primer that’s right for you!