I love testing out new primers and foundations. I love finding all matte foundations and I also love finding luminous foundations. Depending on what makeup look I am going for determines what foundation and primers I want to use that day.
All of the products are linked at the bottom!
My top primers to use are my Becca Backlight Priming filter which I have talked about numerous times on my blog. I also really like the Too Faced hangover Rx primer. I have too many primers in my collection, but the last one that is my top favorites is the smashbox photo finish foundation primer. All three of these are my favorites in their own way.
The Becca primer has this glow that gives you an all over luminosity, but not a intense glow. It just peaks through your foundation to give you a natural healthy glow. That is why I love this product so so much. It smells so good and it feels good when you apply it. I usually add this to the points on my face that are more of a natural highlighting area.
The Too Faced hangover primer feels so refreshing and like it’s replenishing moisture to your skin. I like to apply this and let it soak in to my skin. It is infused with coconut water so it smells like the beach which is a plus. This primer does make my makeup last all day because my skin is moisturized and healthy. So the foundation won’t cling to any dry patches on the face. It gives an all over moisturized layer so your foundation goes on evenly.
Lastly, the smashbox photo finish primer is clear and really smoothes out your skin. I put a small amount where I have larger pores and this really works to minimize the pores and give an even layer so the foundation can apply easily.
On to foundations, I really have always been obsessed with the Too Faced Born this way foundation. I have loved this foundation since it launched and I still love it. I think this is my 5th bottle. It is so good. I would say this is a light to medium coverage, but your are definitely able to build it up to achieve a fuller coverage. I usually use 1 and a 1/2 pumps and apply with a damp beauty sponge. This gives me enough coverage to even out my skin tone and then I can just conceal any areas that need a bit more coverage. I love this product because the finish really looks like your skin. I love it.
My next favorite foundation is the Make up For ever Ultra HD foundation. This has been a favorite among so many people across the world. I absolutely love this foundation if I know I am going to be taking photos or need my skin to look flawless. I usually use 2 pumps of this and apply with a foundation brush. Then I will use a damp beauty sponge to blend any brush strokes. You can make this foundation look all matte or give a dewy luminous finish. It looks beautiful either way.
Lastly, my favorite drugstore foundation is the Rimmel London stay matte liquid mousse foundation. This is definitely a fuller coverage foundation, but it is very lightweight on the skin. This is also a matte finish and I do have oily skin in my t-zone and this keeps me matte all day long. I really like this product if I need a fuller coverage makeup look. I also like the mousse texture of the foundation. It is so easy to blend and other makeup products such as concealer, blush, bronzer, etc., sits really well on top of this foundation. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a more affordable option.
The pictures below are the primers so you can see what they look like and then below this one is after I blended them to get a better view of how they look spread out.
(Left to right: Becca primer, Smashbox, Too Faced Primer)