Friday, January 13, 2012


Minimize pores, wrinkles and uneven skin texture with these tried and true makeup primers

Some people just seem to have picture-perfect skin. You know who she is... girlfriend's makeup looks perfect every time you see her! Or the latest "it girl" on the pages of your favorite fashion mag with the impeccable skin. But often times its not about the kind of makeup she's using, but what she puts on underneath it. Foundation primer can make even the largest pores look smaller, make your skin appear smoother, and help make your complexion look flawless. The products below have stood the test of time for my clients whether on the red carpet, on-camera, or out on the town.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Voted best makeup primer three years running by "In Style" Magazine, this primer has set the standard for all others. It not only fills in your pores and fine lines like nobody's business, but also helps your makeup look fresh and flawless for hours. And it works great on all ages and skin types. The original silicone based formula has given birth to seven additional formulations--from oil-free to color correcting -- even one that targets your fine lines and fills in pores the size of the Grand Canyon.

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Clarins has created the perfect marriage of makeup and skincare with this product. The name says it all. This light-weight veil makes your skin perfectly smooth in an instant, filling in large pores and even acne scars. If you're concerned with fine lines and wrinkles, it works on those too. It won't cause pimples (although I find it works best if you have normal to dry skin) and is opthalmologist tested so you can even use it around your eyes. Mix it with your favorite foundation or wear it all alone for a beautiful looking complexion.

Cargo Blu Ray Activating Face Primer

For you ingredient-savvy gals, Cargo's primer is a triple threat. This one will refine and minimize your pores and is silicone-free, paraben-free and oil-free. Their Blu Ray line was designed for high-def film, so this primer makes your skin look natural yet flawless. It also promises to improve the overall condition of your skin with daily use. Not sure if that part is true,but its lightweight texture and superior performance has me hooked.

Laura Geller Welcome Matte Skin Enhancer

Put this one in the "must have" column if your skin is oily. This lightweight gel not only smooths out and "shrinks"your pores, but also controls shine for hours. Use it both under your makeup and to touch-up on top of it throughout the day for impeccably smooth skin. Goodbye oil slick, hello perfect complexion!

Last Looks

FYI, you can use all of these primers with or without foundation (liquid or powder) and over tinted moisturizer to minimize the appearance of large pores and enhance the look of your skin overall. Apply them on clean, hydrated skin using a brush or a sponge and beginning in the T-zone. And be sure to share your pore-knowledge with the fellas so they can give good face too!