I’ve recently discovered the value of a face primer. After moisturizer sets in for a few minutes, it is applied to the face and provides a smooth, clear canvas on which to place your makeup – and as a bonus, helps your makeup last all day, evens out pores and lines and controls shine.
The beauty industry’s cult favorite is Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer at $36 for one ounce. With some research and reviews from other beauty buffs, I found a much cheaper, but just as effective alternative.
Yes, that is in fact a Monistat product – Monistat Soothing Care Powder Relief Gel at around $8 at drugstore.com, although I actually got it for $5.99 at Target. Dimethicone is the main ingredient and is also in the Smashbox primer. I don’t use this everyday, only when I want a super flawless finish and extra lasting power. This is especially good for wedding season and any other formal events where you want to look your best.
Again, apply moisturizer and let it sink in to your skin for at least 5-10 minutes. Take a tiny amount of the gel, smaller than a pencil eraser and apply it to the middle of your face moving outward. You definitiely want primer on your nose, apples of the cheeks, chin and forehead, where you’d have the most oil and makeup is most likely to slide off throughout the day. I don’t know if this is necessary, but I like to let the primer set for a few minutes before I start applying my face makeup. That’s it – enjoy your inexpensive, flawless finish! That tiny tube will last you forever too.