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Let’s Talk Makeup Primers

  • Posted on June 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm

“I love the confidence that makeup gives me.”  ~Tyra Banks

Primer Main Collage

You know that feeling when you have a “good makeup day”; everything went on right the first time in the morning, you didn’t end up with half of your eyeshadow falling down onto your cheeks, you were able to blend out the colors perfectly, and you strut your way out the door feeling great… only to look in the mirror a few hours later and discover that somehow your eyeshadow migrated from your lid to underneath your eye, your blush has disappeared, you look splotchy, and you wonder in horror how long you have been talking to people looking this way?  Primer is your ticket away from looking like a hot mess halfway through the day.


What’s The Big Deal With Primers?

Many people feel that they can skip a primer altogether; that it’s not needed.  Or they tried a primer and didn’t like the way it felt so they nixed them all.  I’m here to tell you that a primer can be your best friend!  I use eye and face primers every time I put on my makeup.  Why?  Because they are awesome!  Haha.  Let me explain …..


Benefits of Eye Primer

  • Stops creasing
  • Stops color fading
  • Stops shadow migration (when your eyeshadow decides it wants to try to be blush instead)
  • Intensifies the color of your shadow
  • Locks it all down until you are ready to remove it

If you have an oily eye area and you feel that you can’t wear makeup, even waterproof makeup, because it uses your face as a slip and slide – you need to try the right primer!  Waterproof makeup is just that – waterproof.  It is not oil proof.  In fact, how do we have to remove waterproof makeup?  With an oil-based makeup remover.  So waterproof makeup is not the answer if you have oily lids.  A primer is what you need to help combat the oil.


Benefits of Face Primer

  • Provides a protective layer over your skin
  • Allows foundation to be applied easily
  • Allows you to use less foundation for the coverage you want
  • Minimizes pores
  • Color corrects
  • Keeps your makeup from being sucked into your pores and disappearing mid-day


Bonus Use For Face Primer

If you don’t take anything else away from this post, please remember this little tip!  If you want your night creams to work exponentially better and see results quicker, after you apply them to your face before bed cover them with a layer of primer.  This will keep all of the nutrients and good-for-you ingredients from your creams and serums from being absorbed by your pillow, your hair, your comforter, evaporating…. You will be amazed at how this little addition to your nightly routine will change your skin!

** This is also a great way to use up primers that you have tried and don’t particularly like under your makeup, or samples that you’ve received that are taking up space.  Don’t throw them away, use them over your night creams and serums.


Guide to Color Correction in Primers

You may look at an avocado green face primer and say why in the world would I put that on my face?!  Color correcting primers are great underneath your foundation to help address issues you may have with your skin.  Don’t be afraid of them.  They go on sheer and really come alive to work their magic when you put your foundation on top of them.  I made a guide to help explain what each color corrector is perfect for.  For myself personally, I use a green primer most days because my cheeks, around my nose, and my chin always have a slight redness to them that I hate.

Color Correction Collage

 

Primers to Try

I have gone through so many primers, and the range of formulas is sometimes daunting.  It also means that with a little perseverance you will find one that is exactly what you need.  The few that I have listed here are ones that I have used and like.  Primers are very subjective, and one that I love may feel odd to you, but it’s a place to start.

Eye Primer Collage Face Primer Collage


Splurge or Save?

So should you go for the high end primers or something inexpensive?  My opinion in a nutshell – save on the eye primer and splurge on the face primer.  Most of the eye primers will give you similar results, it just depends on what formula you want (drying, tinted, moisturizing, slippery, etc).  However when it comes to my face, I am very particular about what I put on it.  If you find a cheaper primer that is good for your skin, works the way you want it to, and can save you money – great!  But it is one item that I will splurge on without feeling bad about the cost.

The Balm Cosmetics: Blush Extravaganza

  • Posted on May 31, 2013 at 5:42 pm

…I work so much, during the free days I have I like to let my skin breathe.  But of course I’m girly so I like to put on some blush and some mascara.”  ~Bar Refaeli

The Balm Collage

Oh, The Balm, how I love your blushes!

I have a pile of The Balm blushes, highlighters and bronzers sitting next to me at the keyboard as I type this.  I’m telling myself that I need them here in case I want to do some quick swatches (already did that, took the pictures, yet I still try to justify my addiction).  However, if I’m honest, I really think I brought them here because even just looking at makeup makes me happy.  That’s how you know you’re a True Beauty Junkie.

Anyone else able to spend hours just perusing the makeup aisles of any store, reading product details, getting excited about the claims, arms covered in swatches of products?  Welcome to the club!

The Balm Cosmetics has a complete line of makeup, skin care, hair care and nail polish.  But what I want to talk about today is some of their classic blushes.  I’ll cover contour, bronzers and highlights in a separate blog.

 

The Blushes – Gorgeousness in a Compact

The Balm blushes are beautiful, long-wearing, and highly pigmented.  That allows you to achieve several blush shades with just one compact.  You can sheer them out, build them up, use them as eye shadows or highlights… Several are must haves in my collection.  And just as a side note: the packaging for all of The Balm products is super cute, retro-inspired, and I love it!

 

Down Boy Blush

Purchase:  TheBalm Down Boy Blush

Down Boy is a soft, fresh-faced pink, and the lightest of the blushes that I will be talking about today.  It has the slightest sheen to it that gives it a little ‘lit from within’ quality.  It’s not glittery, clumpy, or gaudy.  A little goes a long way, you don’t want to apply this or any of The Balm products with a heavy hand.

In the swatches you can see that on top I have it very densely packed onto my skin, while on the bottom it’s a sheer wash of color.  Fabulous either way you choose to wear it.

 

The Balm - Down Boy Swatches

The Balm – Down Boy
Swatches

Cabana Boy Blush

Purchase: TheBalm Cabana Boy Blush

Cabana Boy is a warmer dusty-rose with plum undertones.  There is a slight shimmer to this blush, and I find that when I wear it I skip on highlighting my cheekbones.  The range for this shade is fantastic!  Depending on the amount of product you apply, and which type of brush you apply it with, you can sheer this out completely for a rosey glow on your cheeks, or go really intense with it.

The Balm: Cabana Boy Swatches

The Balm: Cabana Boy
Swatches

 

Frat Boy Blush

Purchase: TheBalm Frat Boy Blush

Frat Boy adds a flush of peachy-pink to your cheeks.  For all of you coral lovers – this is the one to start with.  It’s also a great color for all of the women who tend to have pink undertones in your skin that you spend a lot of time trying to cover and minimize.  The last thing you want to do sometimes after canceling out all the redness is to put the pink right back into your cheeks with blush.  Frat Boy gives you peaches and cream, nearly matte color with just the slightest hint of a sheen to it to keep you from looking dry or flat.

The Balm: Frat Boy Blush Swatches

The Balm: Frat Boy Blush
Swatches

 

Hot Mama Blush

Purchase: TheBalm Hot Mama Blush

Hot Mama is a blush and highlight combo in one product.  It is also a peachy-pink shade like Frat Boy, but man do they pump up the shimmer on this one with gold throughout!  You will not need to use a separate highlight on the days you wish to rock this blush.  To be clear, when I talk about “gold shimmer,” I am not talking about gold chunks or flecks.  It’s not that you’ll look at your cheeks and think that you let a child toss glitter at your face.  It is finely milled so that it’s not BAM – glitter in yo face!  This is not one that I tend to reach for regularly, but it would make a lovely highlight for Frat Boy.

The Balm: Hot Mama Blush Swatches

The Balm: Hot Mama Blush
Swatches

The Bottom Line

Down Boy and Cabana Boy are my go-to choices for blush right now.  When it comes to The Balm blushes over all I love how highly pigmented they are, which gives you so many options to play around with, their staying power, and the fact that a little bit goes such a long way.  I am going to have these for ages before I even need to think about repurchasing.  And with the shades above I feel like I can get virtually any look I want out of them, which means that I don’t need fifty different shades of blush clogging my makeup collection.  I can spend that money elsewhere.  And you know I will!  :)