Get Primed for Smoother Skin!

Here's how to get silky, gorgeous skin ... with or without foundation. So I’m shopping the mall with a girlfriend, dying for a glimpse of the first spring fashion collections, and I start to notice womens' makeup, or the lack thereof, and I realize that some of my beauties out there have not discovered the miracle skin transformer called Primer.

I have found over the years that women either hate foundation and give up trying to enhance their complexions, making them looked tired and splotchy, or at the other end of the spectrum, they wear too much foundation and look like mannequins. I understand the disenchantment though. All color cosmetics have a molecular weight that causes foundation, concealer, and even eye make-up to settle, bringing out the imperfections these products are supposed to hide. There’s nothing worse than “creasey” eyeshadow by noon! Now, the application of these products is critical to achieve a natural look, but unless you’re a junkie, I don’t expect you to be a make-up artist extraordinaire.

Luckily for us, Gorgeous, many cosmetic manufacturers figured this out and in the last few years introduced a category of skin smoothers called Primers. With or without makeup, these wonder products make you look smoother and more even, imparting a natural “I look like I don’t have anything on” finish. For you foundation lovers, primers make your make-up look smoother and more natural, adding hours of longer wear and fewer touch-ups during the day. I hate seeing a “cakey” pressed powder mess on my pretty girls by 4:00. Luckily, the beauty companies have different formulas depending on your skin type and imperfection concern. As your BFF, I’m going to make it easy for you.

Here are the best “Harvey Approved” Primers for you to choose from depending on your skin. These work! I’ve used them all on my clients and a few I personally use to help resurface my oily complexion. When you see the one on the list that’s right for you, go buy it immediately. You’re just a mall trip or click away from smoother, more radiant skin!


Oily/Acne Prone Skin: Philosophy “On a Clear Day” Acne Clarifying Primer: Oil free, oil controlling formula that erases the look of large pores. Matte finish. ($30,

Radiance and Anti Aging: Dior Skinflash Radiance Boosting Makeup Primer: Anti-fatigue remedy with “Photo Smart ” pigments that adapt to all lights to give you an all-day glow. Built in brush gives you stress free application! Light reflecting, radiant finish. ($40,

Wrinkle Filling: Lancome LA BASE PRO Perfecting Makeup Primer: Weightless, oil free gel, for all skin types, with “Elasti-Smooth” technology that fills and smoothes imperfections while extending makeup wear all day! Velvety finish. ($42,

Anti-Crease Eyeshadow: Cover FX Eye Prep FX Anti-Age Smoothing Primer: Cosmeceutical, eye smoothing formula that binds concealer and eye shadow for even, color true, long lasting wear! ($43,

Lip Color Wear: Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion: An invisible primer that keeps lip color from fading or feathering. SPF 15. ($20,

Well there you have it. Once you use these you’ll wonder how you ever did without them! Next time I see you at the mall you’ll be primed for a fabulous oil controlling, radiance boosting, wrinkle filling, long wear day! Kisses to my Primed Princess!

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