Time To Prime

Priming your face is so important for a flawless makeup application, and also to keep your makeup on during these hot summer months.  I live in south Texas, where the summers are HOT with 100+ temps.  I love summer, so I don’t complain much, but I don’t want my makeup sliding off, so I use primer.

Here are some of my favorite primers to use.

For face, I love anything marketed as “pore minimizing”.  My two favorites are Benefit the Porefessional and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in Pore Minimizing.  These two are pretty much the same, they are a skintone tan color and they have a balmy-silicone feel that provides a nice smooth silky base for your foundation to grab onto.  I find my makeup wears SO much longer when I use a primer.  I also like this Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water.  This is a spray primer that you spritz on before applying your foundation (after your moisturizer) and it primes your face for makeup.  Give me all these types of sprays.  I love anything that you can spray on your face before or after makeup.  Keep it in the fridge for a cool mist. ahhhhhh.

For eyes, I have tried almost everything – but my two favorites are the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base and the MAC Paint Pots.  These are pretty basic, just rub them on top of your lids before applying shadows.  These also makes a world of difference with the longevity and staying power of your eyeshadow.  It gives the eyshadow a base to stick to with no creasing.

Now, this last one here is probably gimmicky, but I don’t know, I really like it.  This is the MAC Prep + Prime Lip Primer.  I use this to prep my lips for color.  This is not a balm, this is like a sticky glue (well that doesn’t sound appealing), or more like a base for your lip color to adhere to.  I think this really helps my lip color to stay throughout the day, and also gives a nice surface and fills out any lines or cracks in my lips.

Thanks for reading!  Let me know what your favorite primers are!

xx, Amy

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