For years, I had a problem with my foundation slip sliding away. But face primers and long-wear concealer and foundation have changed all that. Now I can have an even complexion throughout the day – not just halfway through the day.
I think face primers are one of the best inventions around. Even if you have the oiliest skin, they help foundations, tinted moisturizers, and powder all last longer. Here are some that are especially light so they’re ideal for summer – but they’re also great year-round.
per-fékt skin perfection gel ($17.50 – $57.50) is a powerhouse. It’s an all-in-one antioxidant-rich primer, sheer foundation, and color corrector that dries to a powder finish. It improves skin tone, controls oil, and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and fine lines. And it’s sweat-, water-, and transfer-resistant. Wow.
It doesn’t give enough coverage for me to use it as a foundation; but I really like it as a primer. It contains no parabens, talc, fragrance, oil, or water. The company reports that it’s a cult-favorite on TV and movie sets, including Ugly Betty and Dreamgirls, and among celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Hudson. Available from Sephora.
Ultra-Light and Lovely
shu uemura uv under base spf 10 ($32) is a wonderful, unique, ultra-light primer in a mousse form. It feels so nice and weightless on the skin – totally ideal in warm weather. For summer, they came out with a limited-edition uv under base shimmer spf 10 with a subtle shimmer and sparkle. It gives my face a nice glow without making me look like a disco ball. Available at shu uemura boutiques, counters, and online.
Brightening and Beautiful
Benefit “that gal” ($28) is a lightweight, pink-toned face primer. It can be worn on its own to brighten and smooth the complexion. Wear it under makeup and “that gal” will also help make makeup last longer. You can apply a bit midday to freshen up your complexion with a fresh, dewy look. Available from Benefit and Sephora.
New and Promising
Urban Decay has come out with two new primers – brightening and pore perfecting – for fall. I haven’t tried them yet. But I’m guessing they’ll be awesome, considering how great their Eyeshadow Primer Potion is (check out this post on long-lasting eye makeup to read my review of the Primer Potion). Available at urbandecay.com and from Sephora.
Primers help any tinted moisturizer, foundation, and powder last. To make face makeup last even longer, I pair a primer with a long-lasting concealer and foundation.
Concealer that Lasts
Sue Devitt Automatic Camouflage Concealer ($21 – $23) is great if you have a problem with fading concealer. I definitely found that it stays in place longer than the typical concealer. There’s a new formula called Under Eye Corrector ($24) that’s supposed to be more moisturizing and fights free radicals. I’ve only tried the original formula and didn’t find the original drying, but since the skin around my eyes tends to be dry as I’ve gotten older, I’d definitely like to give the new one a try.
As I mentioned above, per-fékt skin perfection gel works as a primer, foundation, and powder. I prefer more coverage. But if you’re a woman who simply puts a bit of powder on your face, this is totally for you. It’s a nicer option than powder, because it won’t get cakey the way powders can, especially if you’re reapplying throughout the day. It’s also more likely to do way more for your skin than any powder around, considering how it improves skin tone, controls oil, is sweat-, water-, and transfer-resistant, and is chock full of antioxidants. Available from Sephora.
Water-Resistant, Perfecting with Sun Protection
Laura Geller Barely There Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Water Resistant ($30) is a new light-diffusing foundation, sunscreen, and antioxidant moisturizer in one. It contains light-diffusing mineral pigments to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I love the amount of coverage it provides – more than the usual tinted moisturizer but not as much as a typical foundation – and that it really stays in place. It’s ideal for travel, because it has a pump-top tube so there’s no bottle to break or spill in your bag. It contains no oil, fragrance, or talc. Available from QVC.
In my next post, I’ll be writing about long-wear makeup for cheeks.
What’s your experience with concealer and foundation? Do they tend to fade as the day wears on? Do you use a primer and/or a long-wear formula? Do tell.
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