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Do *You* Prime?

Anonymous wondered if I use a foundation primer and if so, which ones I recommend.

I do ninety-nine percent of the time, and that final one percent is either because I was rushing and forgot, or ran out.  Depending on who you ask, you’re going to get a hugely varying answer on whether primer is necessary or not, but for me, it’s a step I’ll always keep in my routine.

Primer comes in two primary formulations-silcone “gels” and lotions.  A very few companies also carry primers in serum form, but this is a very few, and I’ve only tried two, so I won’t cover those.  Lotion primers act sort of as a dual hydrator and binder.  They create a layer on the skin that foundation clings to more evenly than skin.  Silicone primers create a web over the skin that serves a multitude of purposes-evening out minor texture issues, helping foundation cling more easily, preventing the skin’s natural oils from mixing with other products, and diffusing light and products to give your skin a more airbrushed look (which is why skin looks smoother when you use silicone primers even before you put foundation over it.)

Now, I only ever use lotion primers on people with the driest skin, as a silicone primer would simply flake off (it needs a bit of moisture to react with.)  There are some fantastic ones out there-my favorite being the one from NARS-but they simply don’t cut it when it comes to oily, troubled skin or even normal skin with more than a bit of redness. Read the rest of this entry »