Wednesday, February 27, 2008

A Girl's Guide To.... Primers

We're starting a new section here at Beauty Banter... A Girl's Guide to... It'll be filled with need to know info on the most important beauty and health issues surrounding us girls. Basically it's a girl's guide to being beautiful - from the inside to the outside. And if you wanna print them out or read them all together, simply scroll to the right and click on the label "a girl's guide."

Today's girl's guide is all about primers!

So, why prime, you ask? Well, a primer does a number of things. It fills in lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. It also helps to create an even skin tone. It controls oil secretion and shine. And it readies the face for smooth, long lasting make-up application. It's the perfect base for make-up as it mattifies the skin for an even, luminous effect. Without a primer, make-up would seep into your pores and lines, it would "cake" and within hours, your skin would start to look shiny, like your make-up needs a pick-me-up. So, basically, a primer does just that: it primes the skin for that fake flawless look that we're all striving to attain.

Smashbox started the primer frenzy when they introduced their now infamous, Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Make-up artists went banana's over this product that literally "creates a perfect canvas for foundation application... reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores for visibly softer skin." It aided in flawless skin alone, or under make-up.

Recently, Smashbox has introduced: Photo Finish Primer Light (oil-free), Photo Finish with SPF 15 and Dermaxyl Complex ( an advanced peptide treatment that is supposed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time), Photo Finish Bronzing Foundation Primer (same as regular photo finish but with a bronze hue), Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer (Blend (counteracts discoloration), Balance (brightens dull skin) and Adjust (reduces redness), depending on your individual skin concerns), and, the newest installment, the Hybrid 2 In 1 Luminizing Primer (pictured), from the Green Room Collection. Basically, it's Artificial Light in the inner tube and Photo Finish in the outer one. And the tube is recyclable!

With all of these new primers on the market, it's hard to know exactly which one is right for you... I tend to stick with the original. There's a reason that they are attempting to duplicate it into 8 similar products- because it works!

Another product that works to even skin creating a smooth canvas for make-up application is Clinique's Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector. I first posted about this product when fellow beauty whore, Alex, reviewed British Vogue's spring/summer must haves (back in January 07). Apparently, Kate Winslet doesn't leave home without this product! And I've gotta say, I get it. Not only does this product truly produce flawless looking skin, it also de-shines, giving you a matte finish. Foundation slides right on and you're never oily! This is a must-have product for people with sensitive and/ or oily skin. It's so gentle and it really works wonders without any fear of break-outs!

I recently tried Cargo's blu_ray High Definition Oil-Free Mattifier. This primer refines pores, minimizes lines and wrinkles, and creates a flawless look to help control oil and shine throughout the day. It adds a natural glow to your skin that is perfect to wear alone or under make-up. I use it prior to foundation because I want full coverage, but if you don't need full coverage, this is a great product to use in lieu of a pressed powder as it virtually has the same qualities... sheer coverage with oil control. The company says that this product was formulated for, "use with high-definition film." Hence, you're ready for your close-up!

Another interesting product that has hit that market place is the "eye-primer." Essentially, it's the same thing as a face primer - allows for a smooth palette for make-up application, fills in lines and wrinkles, and keeps eye make-up on longer. I already doted on Fresh's Anise Wrinkle Eraser (read post HERE), but Paula Dorf also makes an Eye Primer that's pretty amazing! It's a "light-textured cream that smoothes and neutralizes the eyelid so eye color looks true and stays on." And no matter what tone your skin is, this is a neutral base that works on everyone!

So, that's the skinny on primers -- with a few of my favorites mentioned. Do you have a favorite PRIMER? Tell us and we'll include it in the post!

Also, check back periodically as I test new primers that deserve a mention in the Girl's Guide to Primers!


Anonymous said...

I am a makeup and skin care fanatic!
On Primers:
I really love using DHC's primer on my bridal clients, it's called Velvet Skin Coat. Especially on those with more mature skin, it really does fill in fine lines to show off a flawless complexion. I am a huge fan of it! :)

Beauty Banter said...

thanks Valeria... I'll have to try that one out! Do you know the cost?

Beauty Banter

alex in wonderL.A.nd said...

As Sarah knows, I don't do parabens. The cancer concerns had me clearing out my makeup drawer and parting with plenty of favorites. I had to search for a time but I fell in love with OIL FREE and PARABEN FREE Eris Foundation Primer. Created by an Emmy Award winning makeup artist who wanted prof. products at prices for the public. The primer is amazing for my sensitive skin. I don't miss the Smashbox or Mercier. He uses it on set everyday. And it's $25. His brushes are great also. Go to:

buckycatt said...

What about lip primers? I used to like MAC prep+prime, but I think it may be drying out my lips. Suggestions?

BeautyTalk said...

I swear by Urban Decay Primer Potion for my eyes and MAC Prime+Prep for regular primer. However, I'm waiting for my MAC one to finish so I could move on to Smashbox or Laura Mercier.

BeautyTalk said...

I use MAC Prime+Prep and Urban Decay Primer Potion. I love both of these products but I am waiting for my MAC one to finish so I could start using Smashbox or Laura Mercier. But I wouldn't dream of anything using anything else except UDPP!!

Beauty Banter said...

I'm really interested in the Urban Decay Primer... is it oil-free? What makes it so FAb??? Would love to add to the post!

Beauty Banter

Beauty Banter said...

To Buckycat:
For lip primer, try using your face primer on lips and the area of the skin surrounding the lips. This will fill in all of the little lines and cracks... also, make sure to exfoliate lips prior to ANY lip stick application!!! I am loving the PTR "lips to die for" kit...
When I wear red lipstick, I use cover-up all over my lips, thus helping the red lippy to stay in place AND make sure that it doesn't bleed... a make-up artist taught me this trick and I swear by it!
Hope this helps!!!

Beauty Banter

Anonymous said...

Camellia-Rose's Skin Smoothing Primer ( the best!!! Fills in lines & pores and makes liquid or MMU glide on your skin. Staying power is amazing. I have combo skin and blot once or twice a day instead of 4+ times before I discovered this primer. You only need a tiny amount to cover your face (smaller than pea-size). It's $18.95 for one-ounce.

Warning: The owner closes the site randomly (to catch up on orders, take care of her babies). Check back often to see when she's re-opened.

Shipping does take quite a while. I live approx. 1.5 hours away from where the owner lives and my order took almost a month to arrive. But the wait is worth it! I swear by this primer and I've tried a few of them - Smashbox, DHC, Clinique, Bee Luscious, Laura Mercier, Meow Cosmetics, Fryinnae, Aromaleigh, some other brands. Hands down Camellia-Rose's primer beats all of them! I *love* this primer!!!

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