Friday, January 27, 2012

Tip for the Day: Primers

Good morning loves! :)  How's your day today?  Mine will definitely be filled with caffeine + loads of love!  :P  I am going into a super busy February and the coming months so please bear with me if your requests won't come in as fast as a lightning!  I will try my best to accommodate all your requests (Yes, even nude painting of myself) *gasps*  

You should know by now that I'm JUST JOKING!  :P

Today, I will continue my Twilight saga, I talked about my takes on Foundations that I've tried and heard about in THIS POST and a lot of you have been asking me to continue the series! 

So let's talk about Primers, primers that I've tried and used and see which ones could work for you too! :) Keep in mind to purchase at your own discretion, I write this post base on my personal usage and some to my clients.

For Dry Skin
Why should dry-skinned individuals use primers?  Well, it's a matter of choice but I suggest we do especially when attending special events. :)  Can you imagine a well-polished face cracks and peels after a couple of hours inside an air-conditioned room?  Charge it to experience, been there, done that! :)

SPEND
I have been using this on mature skinned clients and they love the scent too!  This product feels like moisturizer and gets absorbed into the skin easily.
Brightening is one way to fake healthy glow of a skin that is dry and you can definitely get that from Benefit's That Gal!


Paul & Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer
I believe in its name because it felt like a light moisturizer upon application!  It gets absorbed into dry areas easily thus creating a nice, plump base to start with foundation application.

SAVE
Any moisturizer that works for you or your client.  Serums are wonderful option too!  I love serums from GoodSkin Labs.

For Oily Skin
I have used a lot of primers for Oily skinned as most of my clients suffer from this skin type!  Here are my top choices as of the moment.

SPEND 
Smashbox Photo Finish
This is one of the best oil-control primer available in the market and has been sold out when it first came into our market.  The problem with this product is the presence of "silicone" in it's list of  ingredients and may cause breakout to some people!  That's why I do not use this much on gigs as I don't want my client to wake up with pimples even though they tell me they aren't allergic to any ingredients.


I have finished 3 bottles of this and I really recommend them to brides!  This is lightweight and water-based.  So far, I do not have any texts or calls from clients telling me I ruined their skin!  *knocks on wood*.  


Make Up For Ever All Mat Face Mattifying Primer
I have tried a sample size of this and the texture and effect is similar to Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Light.

This one does not contain any silicone ingredients and it feels like an oil-free moisturizer when applied.  The good part of using this is that foundation can be applied with ease minus the oily feel.



SAVE
I can't seem to find really good, inexpensive oil-control primers and one that pops inside my head right away for SAVE is L'Oreal Base Magique!  I have used this on clients who were off for an outdoor pre-nup pictorial!  This may not have the best oil-control power like those on the SPEND portion but for its price, it exceeds my expectation.


Ellana Make It Last Makeup Primer 
I'm not sure if this is still available but I got a sample size of this and have used this on oily-skinned friends and it does work wonders.  This product contains silicone.
Keep in mind that this could feel a bit heavy on skin and must be applied sparingly!  Not all skin type will agree with the ingredients of this primer!  I find this primer works better on male clients!

For Normal/Combination Skin
I try not to put much primer on a normal skin but only apply on areas that oil up or dries out!  I do use 2 primers at a time for one client as we should really put on products where it is needed! 

SPEND

Cover FX SkinPrep Primer
My dearest blogger friend Gracie sent me this and it pains me as I've been using this a lot on clients of any skin type and it worked on all of them!  I am done with this tube and I guess I have to search online to repurchase this! 

SAVE
You can go for any "save" items from above and apply only on areas needed.

Please do keep in mind that less is always more, try not to put a lot of products on your face as possible!  One huge tip:  If your current foundation or setting powder gives you the Oil-control or Hydration your skin needs, then you can always skip primer application and your skin will thank you for it! :)

Can you share more "Primer Finds" for our readers out there?
What's your skin type and what's your favorite primer?

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!




16 comments:

  1. Hi! I have combination skin and I love Etude House's "Aloha Ice Sherbet Primer Limited Edition." It's really affordable, keeps me fresh and bans the oil on my T-zone for a long time (touch-ups needed every now and then, but even a small of amount of loose powder will do.) Check out my review here: http://shegoesthrifty.blogspot.com/2012/01/primer-y.html

    It's a good find for commuting gals out there. :)

    P.S. There's no silicone in the ingredients and it doesn't seem to harm my sensitive skin. :D Hope this helps!

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    1. thanks for sharing :) and nice to know there's no silicone in it

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  2. I'm a 20 yo student who loves make up but has very limited budget..for everyday, that is, going to school, running some errands and just going around the neighborhood, I only use Olay or Ponds Day Cream under my Etude House Baby Skin Pact with SPF and the coverage looks so even and dewy already :) I'm scared of using too much products on my face and i love that the finish looks very natural so I'm glad about this day cream then powder routine that works for me..

    I suggest this for young savvy students :)

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    1. that's a good idea for using as less product as you can! Thanks for sharing your suggestions and experiences, I'm sure a lot who are on the budget will be able to get a tip or two from you! :)

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  3. I totally agree with you about the necessity of primers! I try to go with primers that have low/no silicones.

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  4. hi there! i have combination skin and i'm using Loreal Base Magique and so far it's working for me ... I only do minimal retouch! :) it makes a lot of difference!

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    1. yay!!! lucky you! L'Oreal Base Magique is not too pricey so bongga siya no?

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  5. I've always wanted to try that Smashbox primer but I'm afraid it might break me out. Great post!

    http://bucketofcoffee.blogspot.com/

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    1. try the Light version just in case you've decided to go for one :)

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  6. As usual, full of info...Love your post Nikki!

    I have combination oily skin and I am on the look out for a good primer for my forehead...but I get pimples on my forehead easily...can you suggest a primer that's also okay for acne prone skin? :)

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    1. sis...oh yeah! i remember how sensitive your skin is, to be honest? i think you can just try to SKIP primers and tiis on oil blotters especially your forehead, no matter how "light" or "silicone free" a primer is, it is still made of CHEMICALS so try to stay away from it muna til your skin gets completely healed :) Just my suggestions :)

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  7. Ooooh, fantastic display of primers. My skin is super oily so I don't wear them often but I am forever getting questions about them. Bookmarking this site for reference. Thanks Nikki!

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    1. thanks dear! I remember you telling me about not using any primers! :)

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  8. starting to love P&J so i'll take your word for it and get me some P&J makeup base!

    been hearing lots of reco for MakeUpForEver All Mat too but i'm currently happy with RMK Creamy Polished Base and Smoothing Polished Base - i've this on my list to try though!

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    1. Ah with your weather there and super oily skin, I'm not sure how P&J will work on you but maybe try their samples?
      Ahh RMK! I love that brand :D

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