Frustrated that your makeup only lasts a couple of hours before it starts to go into meltdown mode? Here’s why you should be using a primer right now!
It’s August right now, AKA the sweatiest, grossest month when it comes to attempting to look good. Lately, the only thing standing between me looking human or a hot mess is one of my trusted makeup primers. And thankfully, it’s not just me who faces this problem in the heat. “Summer means a few things for your face: sun damage, sweat and oily skin!” says celebrity makeup artist and Co-Founder of the Luxe Beauty Team, Amy Hollier. “A primer will help block those UV rays, hold the makeup in place and protect your makeup from your natural oils.” If you want to look as flawless as Lea Michele, they’re definitely worth a try.
Not only do primers help keep your face fresh looking, they also help in the makeup application process. “The beauty of priming the skin before applying makeup is that it creates a silky smooth canvas for the makeup to adhere to, and also acts like a barrier over your skin,” Amy explains. “This allows foundation to lay evenly and not wear off or absorb into the skin.”
The key to priming is to do it AFTER you put on your face lotion and sunscreen and BEFORE your makeup. And, don’t go overboard with it. Amy insists, “less is more!”
It’s so hard to pick my two favorites amongst all the great new primers out for fall that I’ve shown you below, but these two really require some major props. My two absolute favorites right now are L’Oreal Studio Secrets Secret Magic Perfecting Base and Stila One Step Correct. The L’Oreal is truly awesome. Seriously, my makeup will not budge AT ALL when I use this. Plus, you can get it at the drugstore so you don’t feel guilty buying it over and over again. The Stila is great because it corrects imperfections in your skin tone – great for those days when you’re a little red. I like this as my daytime primer and the L’Oreal for going out.
Are you a fan of primers like me? Even if you’re a novice, I urge you to try out one of my picks below – they’ll make a huge difference in your day! Let me know your secrets to making your makeup last!