Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candlelight

I love Shadow Insurance, I wore it for years before dabbling in other primers that were sent my way for review. This is one of those rare gems that I’ll go back and spend money on again and again. At a recent Sephora outing, I saw their new Candlelight version of the popular primer and nabbed it up. It’s the same formula as the original so you’ll still have shadows that remain crease-free all day, but this one has a beautiful glowy look to it that illuminates softly without any dramatic harshness. It gives just a hint of glow under shadows, a nice change from the usual putty-like matte primers that can make even the most shimmery shadows seem drab.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance $18

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray; I Like It But…

Although their hip looking display usually entices me into checking Benefit out most every time I pass by, there’s usually very little that inspires a purchase. The problem as I see it is their lack of shade diversity in their foundations and concealers – their Hello Flawless tinted moisturizer has only 1 shade and it’s a lighter than medium hue. Not giving all women the oppertunity to shop with you is a sign that they aren’t super savvy since a Makeup Artist like myself can’t fill a kit there because we work with so many different shades of skin.

Now that I’m finished with my rant… I think I finally found something I really like.

It’s a tinted primer that keeps shadows and concealer around the eyes in place. A great two-in-one and the first I’ve used that primes eye concealer which can easily  slide and crease. It’s the right consistency (thick to grab a hold what you build on top)  and totally erases redness on the lids and even darkness around the eyes giving your concealer a big head start.

It kept my shadows looking fresh and untouched for hours and my concealer stayed in place and didn’t crease even in humidity. I like the sample I was using and will probably buy it when it’s gone. Of course the caveat with the primer is that it works best for light and medium skin tones, which is why I hesitate to give it a full on thumbs up.

Check out THIS NARS primer for medium to deeper skin tones. It doesn’t prime concealer, only shadows but it works for all skin tones as most lines should.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray $24

Fusion Beauty PrimeResults Primers

I can’t wait to get my hands on Fusion Beauty’s PrimeResults Brightening Primer. It’s one of four primers from the line, each designed to target specific skin needs. Brightening has a light lilac tint which doesn’t show up as purple on the skin, it just works with your skin tone to give a brighter glow under makeup. Kim Kardashian is wearing the primer in this pic below.

They also offer an Anti-Wrinkle, Anti-Redness, and (another one I want) Acne Control Primer for my clients who breakout easily so they’ll have a helpful barrier of the primer resting between their skin and the makeup to keep irritating ingredients away.

$42 Sephora, PrimeResults

Brighten Up Skin With Cover FX Briteprep Primer

Of course you want your skin to look healthy and fresh, but adding a highlighter to the skin might not be for you. If you’re on the oily side or just don’t like the pronounced look of a highlighter on the skin, try using something under makeup like Briteprep from Cover FX. It’s a skin primer that simply brightens skin without using any shine or shimmery effects so it  flatters all skin types. You’ll notice that your skin looks brighter even under makeup and the SPF 50 will have you covered for your daily dose of sunscreen.


Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Primer

I’m loving Too Faced Primed & Poreless skin primer. It reminds me of THIS one from Philosophy because it’s tinted and perfects your skin so well that foundation might be optional. It’s especially good for shiny or oily skin because It mattifys but doesn’t dry skin out because it’s infused with vitamins. I also like the added boost of retinol and mulberry to help with fine lines, pores, and dark spots giving it a skin treatment vibe.

Primers work well for when you don’t want to wear a lot of makeup (because it makes your skin look great without), but it also helps foundation to stay on the face longer. If you’re going to wear makeup, you might as well prep the skin so it stays on throughout the day.

I like to pat it into crow’s feet around the eyes without adding any makeup over top to cancel out fine lines by filling them in with the primer and not using anything on it that might settle into the lines making them look more pronounced.  When you use it,  you’ll be able to see an immediate change in the skin which will look fresh and more awake.

Find Too Faced at Ulta,, and right HERE

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Complexion Travel Kit

If you love MAKE UP FOR EVER, it’s probably because of their color selection. Their eye-catching display of brightly colored makeup is hard to miss at Sephora, and it’s always really well-reviewed. I think a lot of the magic of the line lies with their HD basics though, namely their High Definition Primer, Elixir, and Powder because of their light-yet-powerful approach to getting the skin looking good.

If you haven’t tried this skin and makeup perfecting trio, here’s your chance. Their HD Complexion Travel Kit is a steal at $30 and includes good sized portions for you to try. I really like their light-as-air Elixir serum because it increases skin hydration by 520% after 15 minutes and locks moisture in so makeup looks fresh and doesn’t drag onto the skin.