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Your favourite celebrities make it look easy, but truth be told, they typically have a makeup artist on
standby. So lucky for us, there are a slew of products out there that actually make it that easy. Simply
apply a radiance-boosting primer like the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Illuminating along the high points of your face
including the cheekbones, eyelids, top of the nose and cupid's bow.
With good lighting, a neutralising foundation and often layers of concealer, we can hide uneven skin tone
or hyperpigmentation, but it does take time and persistence. But for the makeup-free days, there are primers
that will neutralise your skin tone on its own. Stila’s One Step Correct blends three neutralising shades—green, peach and
lavender—to correct redness and sallow tones. Alternatively, try the The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
from Tatcha, which utilises pink and gold
pearls to blur the look of discolouration and uneven tone.
For those with oily skin, there’s always that uncertainty of whether your makeup will last the day. Your
handbag, car and desk drawers hold blotting papers, mattifying setting mists and powders in case of an oily
outbreak. When the product army isn’t enough to control shine, try using your primer like you would your
powder. As usual, prep your skin with a mattifying formula like Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing
Primer or the Too Faced Primed &
Peachy Cooling Matte Perfecting Primer to keep oil at bay underneath your foundation. Take it one step
further by “buffing the primer into your skin over makeup to mattify. It’s like a colourless powder in a
tube,” says Will Malherbe, Smashbox’s
director of international education and artistry. This is ideal for a mid-day touch up without the
Now that the winter weather has really set in, it’s time to update your makeup bag with some hydrating
formulas that will plump, nourish and soothe your dehydrated skin. Elyse Reneau, the global pro artist from
Too Faced suggests “mixing one pump of Hangover Primer with your Born This Way Foundation to create
a tinted moisturiser.” The hydrating primer will soothe dryness, impart a healthy glow to the skin and add
longevity to your makeup. Plus, you can customise your coverage by adjusting the primer to foundation ratio.
We all know the anguish of eyeshadow fallout spoiling your perfectly applied base or the heartbreak of
smudging your mascara. Instead of changing up your whole routine, use your primer to clean up the mess. As
Chanel Temple, the global makeup artist from Hourglass suggests, “gently sweep a cotton swab dipped into Veil Primer over the fallout.” It
cleans up the area without shifting the products underneath, so you don’t have to start your base all over.
Additionally, the same trick can be used to sharpen and clean up winged eyeliners, according to Temple.
Whether you're in a pinch without your blush or want to try something new, add a touch of healthy glow to
your skin by cocktailing your primer and a cream pigment like your lipstick. Mix a small amount of colour
with a smoothing primer like the NARS
Pore & Shine Control Primer or the bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer and dab onto the apples of the cheeks to add
a touch of healthy colour and radiance. Plus, the formula aids in extending the wear time of your new
Nothing beats a fresh cut, a great head massage and a hydrating treatment a for hair vitality, but
maintaining the luscious healthy locks that your hairdresser restored can be tough. Often it requires weekly
hair masks, changing the way you brush your hair and even updating your bed linen. However, a simple remedy
may already exist in your makeup bag. Try the multi-tasking No. 28 Primer Serum from Hourglass, which combines 28 reparative
plant oils and vitamins. Just as it preps and nourishes the skin for makeup, it also repairs dry hair and
split ends, leaving both hydrated, soft and healthy-looking.
Words by Rhyanna CardilloAugust 2019
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