Happy Friday! Welcome to the first installment of the #5forFriday ready, set, go trilogy! I will be giving you a peek of my primer stash in ready, setting powders/sprays in set, and products I take on the go for touch-up in go. While I am not a primer enthusiast, it is something I use religiously pretty much everywhere. Check out my personal favorites!
Specifically for the T-zone: Dior Pore Minimizer
My skin really isn’t as oily as what it was 10 years ago, but my T-zone still gets shiny throughout the day, and it is home to some enlarged pores. Dior Pore Minimizer evens the texture out as well as keeping my T-zone matte for much longer. Remember to use less than you think you need, because it could pill up otherwise. If you dose it right however, it does everything it claims to do!
Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer & Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
When I am asked to recommend a general face primer, I always go with Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer and Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. The Hourglass version is more liquid-y while the Clinique one slightly thicker (this is not to say it feels heavy or thick on), but they both make the skin smoother, calmer, and the foundation go on more easily.
My latest discovery in the primer department is *Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35. It is essentially a sunscreen/primer hybrid that kill two birds with one stone. The consistency is on the thicker side, but once you have rubbed a generous amount into the skin (you should if you want it to function properly as a sunscreen), you can barely feel any texture. It’s amazing if you think about the fact that it has SPF 35! The formula has a very light and fresh scent, and it does make the skin velvety smooth. When it was very sunny and warm, I sometimes used it as a primer on top of my regular sunscreen because it works well as one. For autumn/winter, I will most probably use it on its own.
2. Eyes: *Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Original
UDPP was THE product that made me realize my oily monolids did not necessarily have to stand in the way of me achieving vibrant and long-lasting eye makeup about 5 years ago (when the first Naked palette came out). I have tried some others in the meantime (including the NARS version), but I still find UDPP the best match for oily lids. I don’t know if any of you remember the original “genie” bottle that was a bit of a pain to use, and then it became a tube. The latest version is like the genie and the tube had a baby: it’s easier to apply and dose right because it comes with a doe-foot applicator, but you can squeeze the last drop out from the tube!
Every time I talk about lash primers, I feel like an inadequate blogger because I really haven’t tried that many at all. I discovered the Dior one about three years ago, and I just keep repurchasing because it’s great! As a matter of fact, I always say if I have to choose one lash product to splurge on, it would be this one because it literally puts every mascara on steroid!
I am not going to lie and pretend I “prep my lips” much at all. Aside from almost never layering lip products, I have never tried a lip primer. However, when my lips wake up less soft and hydrated than they should be, I apply a little Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream before I start doing makeup. You can do this with literally every lip balm you own, but I highly recommend the Aesop one because it moisturizes without much of any texture. It is far from being greasy, and the grand majority of it is absorbed by the time I get to my lips.
If you can actually be fussed, lining your lips with a clear lip liner as well as patting some concealer on also give the lip color something to hold on to. Here you see Dior Universal Lipliner Pencil and *Dior Fix It.
I never ever apply nail polish without a base coat. If you think about it, base coats are like primers for the nails! My regular go-to is Dior Base Coat Abricot (pretty sure this is at least my second bottle), and my recent favorite is Guerlain Nailift La Base because it instantly hardens the nails a little.
How about you? Do you use primers religiously, or do you think they are just a marketing ploy?