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Getting married? Have a major event where you need your makeup to look flawless AND have your foundation last? Then use a Primer! If you’re getting married, your makeup needs to look as flawless for your evening celebrations as it does for your arrival to the wedding ceremony and your photographs. But, foundation isn’t what makes your makeup look even and last, a good foundation primer is.
So what is a primer and why use it?
There are a number of cosmetic primers (eyes, lips, foundation, mascara) available on the market, all with the purpose of prepping the area before applying in makeup. By using a foundation primer first, after your moisturiser has sunk in but before you apply your foundation, the skin will be smoother to start with meaning that your foundation will sit much more evenly and smoothly on your skin, and the longevity of your foundation increases. In respect of foundation primers, they work like a moisturiser under foundation, decreasing the look of fine lines, blemishes and pigmentation. Some give a more matte appearance, reducing shine, some contain light reflecting particles to make the skin more radiant and some are tinted to improve skin tone. They ease the application of foundation and are meant to create a barrier between foundation and skin. Whatever, your preference a good primer provides a good base giving a great flawless complexion and helping your makeup last.
I reviewed five on the market (previously printed in Just Weddings Magazine, September 2013) and there’s some more detail about each one here –
MAC Prep and Prime Skin Base Visage – £20.50
An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special effect silicones. The primer calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. By using this primer the lay down and application of foundation or powder is improved.
Giorgio Armani Fluid Master Primer – £34.50
This luxurious ‘second skin’ primer once applied matifies and smoothes, instantly creating the illusion of flawless skin, leaving it soft and prolonging your makeup wear.
Mehron Velvet Finish Primer Serum – £18.28 + pp
This primer has been formulated with a fully stabilized Vitamin C Complex that resists normal breakdown from air, heat and moisture. It also contains Aloe Vera Extract and Vitamin E to heal, soothe, and hydrate your skin. The glass bottle of primer even comes packaged in a little black drawstring bag! Nice finishing touch. So cute and just looks fabulous on your dressing table.
W7 Prime Magic Face Primer – £4.95
This silicone based primer has a fabulous matt, silky finish and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores making the complexion smooth and flawless.
Look Beauty Prime Perfect – £10
Any slight skin wobbles? Meet your makeup’s BFF. A thin, skin-perfecting layer before you apply the rest of your makeup will see your look last much longer. Can be worn alone or under foundation.
If you’re reading this, come and say hello to four of my favourite products from Glo Minerals –
Gleam Shimmer Brick – £27.50
Metallic Smoky Eye Kit – £27
24k Gold Dust – £30.95
Clear Lip Plumper – £11.50
Testing these products and reviewing them for my magazine beauty pages, has been a pleasure, so much so that I thought I’d share my comments with you too. Check out the latest edition of Just Weddings Magazine (September 2013) and you’ll see two of them feature in there!
Gleam Shimmer Brick is made up of four gorgeous, light, shimmery colours in four equal segments. You can apply easily with a soft blusher or bronzing brush, swirling all four of them together for a captivating all-over-highlight or use each colour individually to highlight and define your face, cheeks and eyes. I love the effect, and I love how effective the shimmery powder is! This product has now stayed in my makeup kit, as a permanent fixture and is absolutely recommended!
And then there’s the Metallic Smoky Eye Kit! This is gorgeous! The eyeshadow box has four fabulous metallic colours that blend beautifully together creating a sultry, metallic smoky eye. It’s all boxed up in a sleek, mirrored compact and includes an easy five step application guide.
The 24k Gold Dust is a fabulous, indulgently rich shimmering gold powder, which highlights any area with a rich golden sheen! Apply to brow bones to highlight eyes, wear as a shadow over the whole lid, or dust over cheeks, arms and decolletage for a real party feel!
And I also love the Glo Minerals Clear Lip Plumper. I’m told it’s “infused with spheres of Marine Collagen Atelocollgen and (like other Glo products) exclusive antioxidant blend of vitamins A, C, E and green tea extract”, and works “by plumping lips by trapping water and swelling, thus providing volume to the skin’s structures”.
When you use it you feel a light tingling sensation as the plumper starts working immediately. You can wear it alone or before you apply your lip colour. I love it. I like the sensation as it works and love the look it gives my lips making them fuller.
All of the Glo Minerals products I’ve tried and tested so far have won me over, but these are my fab 4!
Wow! Fab box of Dermalogica products arrived this morning!
Ultra Calming Cleanser, Daily Microfoliant, Toner, Pre Cleanse….. I could go on, but the list is going on too long.
So I shall use, review and post back my comments! And expect to see a review appearing in the following edition of Just Weddings Magazine