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Must Have Face Makeup: Primer, Foundation, Powder, and Minerals!

10th Aug 2015

Face makeup is the most important part of your makeup look as it evens out your complexion, brightens you face, and provides a smooth base for the rest of your makeup application. But with so many different options from primers, liquid foundations, powders, and minerals, how do you know which one is best for you? We’ve broken it down for you by category and also shared our favorite picks for each one!

Primers:

Priming your face before you apply your makeup is an absolute must- it evens out your skin tone, reduces any redness or imperfections, and creates an all around smooth, illuminated base for your makeup. It is generally a very lightweight formula that lacks color and blends seamlessly with your skin. Maybelline has a Face Studio Master Prime Face Primer in three variations- Blur + Smooth, Blur + Illuminate, and Blur + Redness Control. Each one is designed specifically to achieve each of those desired effects, and their sensitive, water-based formulas provide a clean, smooth canvas for your makeup look.

Liquid Foundation:

Liquid foundation is a way to achieve high coverage, without necessarily being dragged down with heavy formulas. With liquid formulas, there is no doubt that you will be able to cover up any imperfections and completely created an even, toned look with right color for your complexion. The Almay Nearly Naked makeup is amazing because it is so lightweight that you really can’t feel it, and it is oil-free so you won’t ever feel greasy. Plus, it has an SPF of 15 and is infused with Vitamins A, C and E so your skin is improved both on and beneath the surface.

Pressed Powders:

Depending on which product you choose, pressed compact powders can actually give you some of the fullest coverage. It’s basically a very condensed version of face makeup that you apply with a sponge applicator and it almost feels like you are completely erasing any imperfections. But, you definitely don’t want it to look cakey or unnatural, which is why we recommend the Loreal True Match Super Blendable Compact Makeup. This has a creamy formula that actually contains aerated elastomeric silicone cross polymers and spherical powders to smooth your skin, but is also lightweight enough that it is extremely blendable and natural looking. Plus, this also comes with an SPF of 17, and the compact includes a mirror and sponge applicator.

Mineral Powder:

Mineral powder is the most lightweight, natural looking face makeup you can use. Minerals can come in a variety of forms, from colors that are actually intended to be used as makeup, to translucent or tinted finishing veils. The Revlon Colorstay Aqua Mineral Makeup is a completely lightweight loose mineral powder with a water base to provide a shine free formula that illuminates your skin. It is infused with coconut water to hydrate your skin all day and smooth its texture while also delivering a cooling sensation. It is completely blendable and comes in a wide range of shades so you can find one that matches your complexion.

What's your go-to face makeup? Let us know, and stay tuned for a new blog post right here this Thursday!

-xox BMB Team