Primer Before Foundation

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Hourglass - N° 28 Primer SerumMakeup primer, I frequently get asked about primers before foundation.  Are they necessary?  What is their purpose?  Which one is the best?  Will it work for oily skin?  Will it work for dry skin?  Will it make me look 15 years younger?  To answer the last question, no it will not take 15 years off of your appearance.  What it will do is makeup your makeup last longer, soften fine lines, minimize pores, keep your foundation and concealer from settling into lines, and provide a smoother surface to apply foundation to.

Priming your skin before putting on foundation isn’t required.  I do highly recommend wearing primer if you’re interested in minimizing pores, smoothing lines, and increasing the longevity of your makeup.  Primers provide a barrier between our skin and our makeup.  It is disappointing to spend extra time putting your makeup on in the morning only to find by lunch your efforts are disappearing and melting fast.  Have you ever felt like it’s especially difficult to keep your makeup on in the summer? Primer will definitely help you maintain your makeup wear longevity in color .

I have found a need to apply less foundation when a primer is used.  As much as I love makeup, I don’t like seeing people go overboard with foundation.  It’s actually a makeup artist pet peeve of mine.  When it stops looking like skin, it’s too much.  I have witnessed a lot of  heavy coverage foundation when it wasn’t necessary.  Foundation does serve a purpose of evening out our skin tone, but too much can actually work against us trying to achieve an attractive look.  Primers help to smooth out our skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores.  With using a primer it’s very possible you will find yourself using less foundation because your skin is already improving in appearance.

Hourglass - Veil Mineral Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15Some of my favorites are Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum and their Veil Mineral Primer is absolutely lovely. Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer is great for those with oily skin who struggle to keep their makeup on with regular clear silicone primers. Silicone based primers can feel a little too greasy for some people with oily skin but they are wonderful on dry skin and combination skin.  NYX Studio Perfect Primer is a great primer at an even better price point.

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Primer Before Foundation
Pro makeup artist advice on how to wear makeup primer for smoother skin, softened fine lines, minimized pores, and longer wearing makeup.
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Two time Emmy nominated Atlanta Makeup Artist Kathleen Marsh's passion for makeup began at an early age with a love for fashion, beauty, and the power of transformation with makeup. She’s known for her work on a range of productions and projects including print photography, HD tv commercials, music videos, catalogs, magazine editorials, corporate events, business portraits, and high def television series. She ensures her clients receive flawless, consistent makeup artistry and hairstyling that fits her clients needs for on-camera and live events. Since 2002, she has worked as a makeup & hair artist and maintained a broad variety of photo print clients including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Delta, Holiday Inn, Kimberly Clark, Southern Company, and Slimfast. She has been a celebrity makeup artist published in Men’s Fitness, GQ, People Magazine, Redbook, Rolling Stone Magazine and Time Inc. Her TV series work includes HGTV, the Cooking Channel, PBS, and Fox Sports. She has an enthusiasm for working on productions and being part of the team in the creative process. She’s passionate about helping clients look their absolute best and pays attention to highlighting their natural beauty.

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