Properly prepped skin is THE most important part of a makeup application! You can spend hours doing your makeup routine with the most expensive products and brushes money can buy but if your face isn’t prepped correctly (or at all) then you’re unfortunately just wasting your time and money.
I have a semi-lengthy makeup routine that takes me about 45 minutes but I know that by taking the extra 10 minutes to moisturize and prime my skin that I’m making my skin look the very best it can and will be ensuring that my makeup stays all day long. First I wash my face and then immediately apply moisturizer. Any face moisturizer will do as long as it’s not thick or greasy and a light, everyday moisturizer (with sunscreen!!) is ideal. I wait a few minutes before applying my primers because the key to proper application is to do thin, even layers and to make sure that each product has been absorbed or sets before moving on.
After my moisturizer has absorbed I apply NARS Pro-Prime Smoothing Face Prep with a clean concealer/foundation brush and I apply it under my eyes, between my eyebrows, on my cheeks, and over any rough/dry spots the moisturizer didn’t take care of. I wait a few minutes (usually I do my hair during the waiting periods or I’ll get other products ready) and then apply my NARS Pro-Prime Multi-Protect Primer all over my face. Then I wait AGAIN and once that has absorbed I continue on with my makeup routine.
I know it seems like a lot but from start to finish it’s probably only 10 minutes or so but it is a very important 10 minutes! The Smoothing Face Prep helps control oil and fills in lines/pores so that’s why I only use it on my trouble areas. I also notice that it smooths my skin really well so if I have any active breakouts or anything I’ll put it on there so my concealer applies easier and lasts longer. The Multi Protect Primer is my all over face primer and it helps smooth out my skin but leaves a natural finish. I generally don’t recommend using the Face Prep all over because, in my opinion, it leaves a very matte finish and there is nothing natural about that. I prefer my foundation to have a natural look to it and never want to look like I have caked on my makeup. But then again, who does? Not this kid.
Moisturizer is important for obvious reasons but many of you may still be confused about why I use primers before my makeup routine. Well, primer helps correct any areas of your face that need a little help by blurring fine lines, reducing the look of large pores, and smoothing over dry spots. Moisturizer helps moisturize your skin but since it absorbs it doesn’t really do anything in the way of foundation longevity. It will just help your skin from being dry. The combination of moisturizer and primer, however, is what I’ve found works the best.
If you’re new to primers I’d recommend getting a general, overall face primer and trying it out to get the feel for it. You only need a very little bit of the product for your whole face so don’t overdo it! I use about 1/3 of a pea size of primer for my whole face and while I know that sounds crazy I promise it is more than enough. I’ve tried tons of primers and the two I’d recommend the most (other than NARS, of course) are the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Face Primer and the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base. I’ve personally used both and liked them very much so I’m sure you will, too! For the price you really can’t go wrong and it will give you a chance to see what types of primers you prefer (gel vs. cream) and what issues you need your primer to address.
There are also a few different “corrective” primers but I’ve not found these to be exceptionally helpful. Most people only need a few key areas of their face to be color corrected and this can be achieved through concealer or foundation. For example: L’Oreal makes a green based primer which would be good for people who have redness but unless you have rosacea or overly pink skin then that wouldn’t work for you. Green and red cancel each other out so a green based spot concealer would be better for people who are looking to correct blemishes while an overall green primer would simply just appear green over regular skin. Nobody wants to look sick!
So what about you guys… Anyone else out there use two primers? Or am I the only crazy one? Do you have any recommendations for primers I should try? Although I absolutely adore my NARS products I am definitely interested in any recommendations!
Talk to you all soon 🙂