Like with anything else, your makeup won’t look as good as it should if you don’t start off with a good base. I am really liking NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($29 – left) and the Skin Smoothing Face Prep ($36 – right). The products glide on smoothly and don’t leave a greasy film behind, which can sometimes be the case with bad makeup primers.
I think it’s important to make the distinction between the Eyeshadow Base and Skin Smoothing Primer. In case you didn’t already know, you need both. Don’t bother using a face primer on your eyes as it won’t really do the trick. With makeup, it’s important to use the appropriate products in order to get the best look possible. The Skin Smoothing Primer is made to even out your skin tone and help your makeup adhere to your skin better. Plus, I find it keeps your skin from getting oily throughout the day.
You don’t need to wear primer everyday but I would recommend it for specific occasions. For example, if you’re headed out after work and plan to keep your makeup on from morning until the wee night hours of the night, primer might be a good idea. You should also apply primer if you’re wearing heavy makeup for a night out or if you have excessively greasy skin. (The oil can mess up your makeup.)
But one of the best parts about primers like these ones is that they enhance your makeup so you don’t need to apply as much. The Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base really makes my eyeshadow show more and keeps it in place all day and all night.
If you haven’t already tried a primer, these are great products to start with. Once you see the long-lasting results, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without primer before!
NARS is available at Holt Renfrew, Sephora, The Bay, Murale and at www.narscosmetics.com.
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