Who would have thought that the key to flawless, perfected skin could be completely invisible? Primers, those thick and transparent balms, are the first step to achieving a close-to-flawless complexion, effectively ‘priming’ the skin for makeup. Primers solve a host of skin troubles: they fill in texture (like fine lines or enlarged pores) to create a smooth canvas on which foundation and pigment can lay, and they extend the wear of makeup, preventing shine and mid-day meltdown. And if you like that faux-airbrushed, perfectly lit, smooth complexion look, then consider yourself ready for prime time.
Pro tip: always let primer ‘bloom’ on the skin, allowing it to set and bond properly, leaving 5 minutes between application, and layering foundation.
By Erin Gerlach of The Sparkle.
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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer ($32): A makeup artist cult fave, Laura Mercier’s primer was one of the first to enter the market. It’s a water based formula that contains extra skin nourishing ingredients like vitamins A, C and E.