Thursday, November 4, 2010

How To: Prime Time

Ze primer.

I was having a conversation with my girlfriends recently about primers. Do they work, where do you get them, what are they?

I know there are a ton of you non-believers out there and I know that you ton of non-believers want to have faith that there’s a miracle product out there or maybe you’ve got one but just can’t see the big deal. So let me give you the low-down.

What are they?
Primers are simply water-based moisurisers with a hero ingredient: silicone. The silicone will help bond your make-up to the surface of your skin. Investing in a good primer will ensure the perfect canvas for your make-up but also means you can use less foundation to get a flawless effect. More importantly, it smooths out fine lines on the surface of your skin to perfect the finish. You’ll find your make-up won’t melt or rub and stays put for the duration of the day.

How to use a primer
Be sure to use about half a pea size of primer and with your two index fingers, smooth the product over your skin evenly. The biggest blunder usually made with a primer is that people use too much. The next step is to apply your foundation within 15 seconds of putting on your primer.

Once you’ve figured out how to apply primer correctly, you’ll realise how amazing it really is.

My favourite:

M.A.C Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage

My friend Courtney adores Napoleon Perdis and after a splurge has found her perfect primer:

Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation

Do you love or hate your primer?
How do you apply your primer?

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