Why I am here

Since I was younger I have always enjoyed 2 things, Makeup and writing, more than anything else. For the longest time, I assumed that there wasn’t much of a future in Makeup. Now, that I am getting older I am realizing that possibilities really are limitless. So here I am starting a blog about Makeup. There are a lot of people out there that have no knowledge of makeup or how to use it. That is where I want to come in. I have been giving makeup tips and lessons to friends and family since I got my first compact and eye liner. I also want to spend most of my time on product reviews. I have a feeling there are a lot of women out there, like me, who spend tons of money every year on cosmetics. Time and time again, I buy the newest product on the line, only to be disappointed. Then I thought, how nice would it be to have someone who will test these new products and give an unbiased review. Well, who better than me?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Prime it

To put it simply, if you want it to stay in place, prime it. Primers are made for all types of makeup applications. If you want long lasting lipstick, foundation, eye makeup, or even nail polish than you will want to use a base coat of primer. 

Primers are usually made with wax, collagen, silicone, or other products that will help in holding your makeup to your skin. For this reason, people tend to think using a base coat is only for people of older age or with facial scaring. Though true, I believe base coats are for anyone wearing makeup in general.

The type of base coat you will love and that will work best for you, will depend on what you want to achieve in your makeup application. If you know me personally, you know I wear a lot of eye makeup, so to me eye primer is an everyday thing. If you are someone who wants to attract attention to your smile you might get more out of a good lip primer than your usual lip liner and lipstick combo. Of course, the same thing goes for someone looking to even out their complexion with foundation primer.

  I personally use three different primers. I have two different primers for my foundation and I have a separate primer for my shadow.

   The first one I use is  LuminessAir Primer.($40 HSN.com) Which is meant for my airbrush foundation and doubles as a moisturizer. This one goes on so smooth you can't really feel it on your skin. When used it can help keep my makeup on for 24 hrs or more. (if I weren't gonna wash my face.) The added moisturizer makes my skin even softer and more smooth, perfect for airbrushing.
   Since I do not use airbrush makeup daily, I also use Smashbox Photo Finish Primer ($16 Sephora) before applying my regular foundation. I would recommend the Smashbox primer for pretty much everyone. It is said to replenish natural collagen in your skin, which means it will help over time to smooth out wrinkles or scaring. There are a lot of similar products to this one but I really enjoy the texture and lasting ability.    
            ~If you are looking for another similar item to this one, I would also suggest trying L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer. ($9, drugstore) I received a sample in the mail and I was impressed by the results. It has a very creamy texture but surprisingly goes on completely smooth. I have heard of people using this primer for face, lips, and eyes.
   There are a lot of really good eye primers out there. My favorite would have to be Ulta's Base Coat. ($7 Ulta)  It might seem like a cheap choice but I just love it. It is a cream base but it is so light weight that it glides right on. A lot of the primers I have tried cause my shadow to clump up in the crease, which is also why I do not recommend using an all over primer. 
            ~If you are going to use primer under a dramatic shadow look, I would also recommend using NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk instead. ($4 Ulta) If you use your finger to lightly apply the white color from your eye lid to your brow bone, you can use this as a primer and brow highlight in one step. Simply apply your shadow as you normally would or just apply a simple color along your crease and you will have a beautiful longer lasting look. 


 I personally prefer to use lip staining products that I can wipe off and still hold a little color. I have a hard time keeping lipstick off my teeth and chin so I gave up wearing it regularly. That is not to say that I don't have a preference on lip primers, it's just I don't bother purchasing it myself. There are times when I get dressed up and will wear lipstick out. When I do, I use any colorless lip balm under my lipstick.  Most lip balms are made with wax so if you put a thin layer under your lipstick it should hold the color to your lips better. This will also help prevent the lipstick from settling into any cracks in your lips, that can cause your lips to look chapped.  

I hope that helps answer some questions about how and when to use your primers.

Please feel free to leave comments and opinions on your favorite products.


  1. I will be looking for the Ulta primer. For the past year I've slowly been trying one product of theirs at a time, and I have been loving all of it.
    Thanks for this tip. It was soooooo helpful!

  2. Really like you blog, My favorite primers are Rimmel fix and perfect and elf Mineral face primer, Please chaeck out my blog and makeup channel :) http://hoppyhugs.blogspot.com/

  3. I didn't know Elf made a primer. I will have to try that one out some time. I think Elf is pretty good considering it is practically free.