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I can so clearly remember sitting with an ‘ex’ friend (she became an ‘ex’ that day not because of her makeup remark, but others she kept firing at me!) who made the comment, and most definitely aimed at me since I do recall how she was eyeballing my face, that once you turn 40 you need to start wearing makeup everyday if you want to look good. She was probably right, but ouch! While I’ve made the leap to wearing foundation, a blush or bronzer, eye makeup (i.e., powdered eye shadow or a cream shadow), mascara (when my eyes aren’t bothering me too much), and of course lip gloss or lipstick on a daily basis, I still fail to remember that I have a couple of primers sitting around that could be useful as well!
What’s a primer anyway?
How to Use Makeup Primers
Apply these products sparingly. Less definitely is more. After you apply sunscreen and a moisturizer, then comes the primer. Use your finger to apply only the thinnest dabs around your trouble spots. This way, you create a very fine film, but you can blend it out as far as you like.
Finally, because primers have staying power, be diligent about washing your face well each night. Consider an electronic cleansing brush, which gently but effectively gets your face squeaky clean. But any cleanser and water will work, too.
Here’s what I use and like, when I remember that I have them (click on links to read descriptions about each primer):
Hourglass– Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
Laura Mercier– Foundation Primer
Laura Geller– Spackle Under Make-Up Primer (love the name!)
And just to add to the list, but hopefully not to your confusion, check out Total Beauty‘s list.