Sunday Prime Time

THE PRIMER RECIPE:

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Ready in: A minute, same as applying your regular moisturizer.

Serves: Plenty, depends on how much you need to apply each time!

Difficulty: None.

0 calories. It might look nice and clear but please, do not taste it.


TOOLS

  • Clean fingers or a clean synthetic face brush.


RECOMMENDED

  • Not really, it’s neither good nor bad. Depends on your skin type.


WHAT TO KNOW:

  1. Not bad and not good either. There are better products out there.

  2. Does not minimize pores, nor controls oil that well.

  3. Does not help a lot with makeup longevity. So, why bother?


WANT MORE?

Happy Sunday everyone, we are here with another review! This week at EQ HQ we have been discussing a lot about primers. Wondering if the majority of people use them and if primers actually work. Maybe it could be an extra step to our morning routine if unnecessary? Many clients have asked us these type of questions so, we are here to let you into the world of primers!

As a makeup artist, I tend not to use a primer in an everyday basis neither to myself nor to my clients. I always go first for the right moisturizer for each specific skin type and concern that I am dealing with. I will use a primer only if there is a need to. Sometimes, moisturizer does the job well enough and can ensure the long lasting effect with a setting spray at the end of the makeup routine.

My personal opinion on this matter, is that not all skin types need a primer. Sure some people prefer it, but why use it if it adds an extra step to an already longish morning routine? With research and experience I have found that oily skin types are more likely to need a primer as it is mattifying and helps with oil control. I wouldn’t recommend it for drier skin types to use an oil control primer. Trust me I have seen a lot on the job and one of the most common themes is people using products that do not target their needs! 

I’ll decide on the use of primer depending on the job circumstance and the skin type. For example, if I am working on a bride with an oily skin type and I am using quite heavy makeup at the same time for a longer lasting effect, I would use a primer not only to control the natural oil production of the skin, but also to have a protective barrier between the skin and the heavy makeup.

Now that we’re done with the primer theory let’s move on to the question of the hour: how I feel about this specific primer? Hmm... Not bad but not good either. It doesn’t help with the longevity of the makeup application and it wouldn’t work well on an oily skin type. Maybe someone with a combination skin type might enjoy it, but why bother? There are tons of products out there that work better. It does not have a visible effect on pore minimization but it leaves a smooth canvas to work on. Its formula is irritation free and this is always a plus. However, I wouldn’t recommend it as something to buy; as said above there are better products out in the market!

All in all, I have to add that I enjoy the L'Oreal Infallible line, as it is a high quality drugstore line with quality products adding the premium price! We all love a good drugstore find, don’t we?

I am curious to know if you are still using a primer! Or has the latest all-over-glow trend taken over? I think that primers are not the hottest thing at the moment. It’s all about that bouncy lit-from-within skin. 

One thing that primers delivers on is minimizing the shine on your T-zone, so you look glowy and not oily! It is vital to at least keep your T-zone and the area around your nose shine free! It is easy to look greasy instead of healthy, therefore be careful! If you have a combination to oily skin type maybe at least consider priming or powdering your T-zone.

Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts about primers and which ones are the best out there!


PRO TIPS:

  • If you set your makeup with a fixing spray, and have powdered prior, the fixing spray will make everything look even and will take away the cakey-ness too! 


LOVE,

EQ


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