Prime, then paint!

If you’re having your walls painted, you prep and prime first, right?

Prepping and priming the skin before you apply your makeup is a similar process; it fills in everything, creates a smooth and even surface for your makeup and will also keep your makeup looking better longer.

The skin changes as we do and we have to adapt our makeup to those changes. No longer should we BoomerBabes slap our makeup over bare skin or a little moisturizer. In order to have your makeup look smooth, gently exfoliate (unless you have a skin condition which doesn’t advise exfoliation), then use the Trick below:

Trick: As we are still in the thick of the party season, with New Year’s Eve, the Mother of all party evenings looming, I’m sharing a red carpet and on-camera secret here with all my fellow BoomerBabes: the fabulous, magnificent, PRIMER, the ultimate skin illusionist.

What is primer? It’s the best invention for BoomerBabessince shapewear. It’s your spackle, your filler, for all those annoying changes like enlarged pores, wrinkles, lines, concave scars, ice-pick acne scars, that can make your makeup difficult to apply and maintain. Primer diffuses the appearance of changes in our skin and acts like a soft-focus filter for your complexion.

Primers come in many different formulations: slick, silicone-based types; thick, paste-like ones; clear, watery products; silky lotions; and on and on. It’s one of the fastest-growing products in the beauty business, and almost every product line has at least one primer.

These are a few I recommend:

Smashbox Photo Finish SPF 15

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

Napoleon Perdis

L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Base

The type you choose depends upon your skin type and what you want to fill in. You will have to experiment until you find the right one for you.

Apply your primer to clean skin, or after sunblock during the day, before your makeup. The application technique is not the same as applying creams, moisturizers or foundation. You can’t just swipe it on and be done, as you won’t get the desired effect.

Whatever formulation you choose has to be carefully dabbed on with your fingers and then you pat, pat, pat and pat some more to gently push it into the enlarged pores and wrinkles, like pushing spackle into cracks and holes in your walls. (As this can be a little tricky, you’ll want to practice a few times before your big event or that important meeting.) When you’ve finished, let it set and dry a few minutes while you do something else. When it’s dry, you may just be so happy with the results, that you will skip the foundation! Or you may just want to apply a little concealer only where needed for discoloration. If you still desire to wear foundation, it will go on very smoothly.


4 Responses to Prime, then paint!

  • audrey says:

    Great tip and thanks for the recommendations, since I wouldn’t know which products to choose. It’s usually good to have someone’s advice before wasting money and time on products that may not work.

    • lee says:

      I’m glad that you think so, Audrey. I know it can be frustrating to have a product recommended and not know where to get it!

  • cyndi says:

    Over the past few years, I’ve become lazy about spending time putting makeup on. I really like the tip (trick) on using this primer if it could save me steps in having to apply foundation, or make my foundation look better. I’m going to get one of these products and use it. Thanks!

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