Yesterday I was catching up with my glamorous friend T and I was appalled to find out that this makeup-loving diva (she’s the type of woman people stop on the street to ask her how she did her eye makeup) doesn’t wear primer! I just couldn’t do the math. She was wearing perfect makeup but NO primer. She started asking my opinion on powders and I simply couldn’t pay attention. I was too engrossed in staring at her primer-free skin:
T: “I’m thinking about going to pick up some new pressed powder. What are your thoughts?”
Now, keep in mind T has great skin, but I see the incumbent powder sitting on her skin over her visible pores (yes, everyone has pores, but thanks to primer, no one has to see them). I look again. I can’t seem to grasp that this woman who can rattle off at least 50 eye shadow and lip gloss colors isn’t wearing primer.
T ignores my penetrating stare, “So what do you think?”
Me: “I’ll tell you what I think. I can’t believe you’re asking me about powder right now when you’re clearly not wearing primer.”
T puts her hands on her hips. I fear her attitude is about to make a sneak attack.
T: “Primer? What does that have to do with it?”
Me: “Primer has everything to do with it! How can you think about putting on powder without prepping with primer?”
T: “Girl, I don’t need an extra step.”
An extra step? Ladies, primer isn’t extra credit. It should be part of your core regimen! T put her attitude away when she found out the following: 1) I wear primer on days I go makeup-free because it takes away the shine, fills in my pores and fine lines, and protects me from environmental agers of mass destruction. 2) Most primers are multi-taskers.
See my list of favorites below:
Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time 1 oz: I go through these so fast, I buy them three at a time. This is my go-to everyday primer. It has a clear gel-like consistency that’s mattifying without being drying. It fills in my pores, makes my lines less visible, and gives my skin an airbrushed-like quality. It’s a total multi-tasker — In addition to the above, it protects from pollution and weather warfare, it has SPF, and, it’s “infused with soothing plant extracts, antioxidants, and nourishing vitamin C and E.”
When I Wear it Most: Workdays when I’m not wearing foundation (I only wear foundation if my skin is blotchy or has some redness. Or, I have a meeting or drinks/dinner after work). It’s also a staple on weekends and vacation when I don’t wear any makeup at all. Not only does it control oil in warm climates, it covers my imperfections without wearing makeup.
Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion-Pore Perfecting: It has a non-oily cream-like consistency which “sticks” to your pores, wrinkles, and other nooks and crannies. “Sticks” may be a strong word, or even the wrong word, because it doesn’t have a sticky feel, it’s more about the action of “sticking” to the skin. Does that make sense? It is the perfect canvas for foundation. It “sticks” the foundation to the sealed and smoothed skin. My makeup can last through rain, hot subway stations, long days that lead into long nights, etc. I will say it does seem to have a lightening affect, which I don’t love. But, if I’m wearing foundation and bronzer, it’s inconsequential.
When I Wear it Most: Every time I wear foundation
While the above two are my favorites, I’ve heard gushing reviews from other beauty addicts and makeup artists about Napoleon Paradis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer. You will simply have to wait until I give in and buy it. Something tells me you won’t have to wait very long.
janna Tags Bare Escentuals, Napoleon Paradis, Primer, Urban Decay