I’m a big primer person and it tends to be something that I use pretty much every day, whether it’s to add a bit of a boost to my complexion – or just give everything a bit of a smooth and perfect before I apply my foundation. Recently however, I’ve found myself skipping out this once essential step in my routine. I’m not really sure what it was that started my personal no primer revolution but thanks to a few wonder products in my base line-up, it’s not something that I’ve felt to be overly necessary every day.
The first of these no primer greats is the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer, one of the most pigmented concealers I’ve ever used – and one which will hang around on your face for hours without budging a bit. It’s a great product to start off your base with because it literally seems to stick to the skin, in a nice way, covering up any and all blemishes, bumps and redness that might need hiding. Next up is the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, a lightweight but really buildable foundation formula that blends beautifully into the skin – particularly when applied with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It has great staying power, won’t fall down your face throughout the day and remains pretty shine-free for hours on end. A real winner when you’re skipping out the primer stage.
The final step in my no primer routine – as it will now be known – is to apply a light dusting of the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder to set everything in place, before going over my whole base with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to really perfect the whole finish. While I’m not a huge fan of using this sponge to apply my make up, when it comes to a finishing blend, there’s nothing better, in my opinion, to really get everything looking as flawless as it can. Plus using it post-powder helps to ensure that the Soap & Glory powder has reached all of the places it needs to.
While I’m far from throwing out primer altogether – I don’t think that will ever happen – this new base line-up is the perfect alternative on those days when I feel like missing out the primer step. Long-lasting, shine-free but with a healthy radiance about it. Winner.