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Monday, December 19, 2005

Prime Time

After you've cleansed, exfoliated and appropriately moisturized around your eyes, face and neck, what do you do next? Will you apply your favorite make-up? What about a make-up primer? What is it and why should you use it? I first discovered primers a few years back. This is a product that you apply BEFORE you apply your foundation, eye shadow, blush and finishing touches. It is usually a clear substance made up of botanical elements in a silicon base that glides on over your face to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, your primer will help to set your make-up for the day giving it much less chance to melt away. This is especially good in the hot summer months.
Primers do not come cheaply, but thankfully, a little goes a long way so a full-size bottle can last quite a few months. My favorite primer is Smashbox Photo Finish. It sells for $36 at Sephora or you can purchase in at QVC or If you go to, and type in primer, you will see four pages of various brands pop up. Paula Dorf is a very poplular brand as well as Estee Lauder's primer. The best buy at Sephora though is it's very own brand selling for $12.00. This particular primer will also has a slight rosey glow which is not only great for under your foundation to make it pop just a little, but is great all by itself if you are in a rush to get out the door, but don't want to go out bare faced. It's truly a bargain!


At 11/28/2006 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent, love it!
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