Beauty Favorites: Makeup Primers

What is a Primer? - A base for your foundation or face makeup. It allows your makeup to go on smooth and last longer. 


Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free - This stuff is magic in a tube! This primer is pure gold as it smooths the skin and mattifies keeping oil at bay. Smashbox has a wide range of silicone-based primers. That being said, your skin feels like silk after applying, helping create an even, smooth base for your foundation. This has always been my go to primer, and a favorite by many. It truly keeps your makeup looking fresh throughout the day (I almost never blot or reapply anything) I love this primer because even in the cold New England months, this primer smooths, and doesn't cling to any dry patches I may have,.


Benefit Stay Flawless 15 hour primer - This is my holy grail makeup primer!!!! This primer is in stick form, and reminds me of using a glue stick - the way you apply it on your skin.  It goes on a little thick, but if you buff this primer out using the warmth of your fingers, it will easily melt into your skin. What I'm most crazy about is how long my makeup stays looking "flawless" after a 12 hour work shift (even in the chaotic restaurant world!) - I kid you not, this shit is bananas. This primer tends to work best with combination skin, it helps keep oil at bay, and smooths any rough dry patches you may have. I use this primer with my full coverage foundation, and it truly holds everything in place forever. This primer is one of my holy grail makeup products (thank you Benefit!)


Loreal Magic Lumi Primer - I'm in love with this drugstore primer, and truly appreciate its affordable price. It's my go-to when my skin is looking a little "blah" it adds so much radiance, and overall it help me achieve the angelic like dewiness I crave. I love to use this primer as a multi-tasker as well, as a primer and a highlighter in specific areas (brow bone, cupids bow, inner corners of eyes) I love mixing this primer with my foundation, my skin always looks healthy and radiant, without that glittery appearance. You can't go wrong with this primer, especially with the price! Safe to wear underneath makeup, on top of makeup, or without makeup.