Hello! Orange color corrective products are much more rare than green or purple, but they do serve a purpose (and they are totally cool.) An orange primer, when applied to the skin, will actually brighten up your complexion, giving you a more radiant glow. It will also diminish the look of ashiness in the skin and make your skin appear healthier and more hydrated.
Hope that helps! Have fun playing with them :)
To Go Green [Primer] or Not, That is the Question…
"That’s a primer?!" "Doesn’t it turn your face green?" "Why would I bother with that?!"
Green is great! Chances are you’ve seen some type of green (literally, the color green) paste, powder, or pomade while perusing the beauty aisles. Although it might seem a bit crazy to put that kind of a shade anywhere but *maybe* your eyes, green products really do have a purpose, and when used correctly, they are actually very effective!
In this particular post, we’ll be discussing green foundation primer. This is the most popular type of green makeup, and is my personal favorite method. For those of you who don’t know, primer (no matter the color) is a product you put on as a barrier between skincare and makeup. Primer helps your makeup look and apply more smoothly, because it fills in pores and fine lines.
The purpose of green makeup is to counteract redness in the skin! If you’ve taken any art class in your life, chances are you’ve seen a color wheel. In cosmetics, we use colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel to cancel out some kind of imperfection. Since green and red are opposites, the green makeup cancels out redness and creates a perfect neutral look.
Sounds like a miracle product, doesn’t it? It can be for some, but for most of you this is - believe it or not - a pretty pointless product. Unless you have EXTREME redness in your skin, like rosacea, a green primer will do nothing but give an ashy cast to your complexion. If you just get a bit pink, or if you only have redness around blemishes, a green primer won’t give you much of a drastic difference, but on the right people it’s spectacular! Especially on people with rough, ruddy texture, using a green primer alone or underneath a light foundation makes a huge difference.
So to sum up, not EVERYONE can benefit from a green primer (concealer or powder either for that matter), but if your redness is extreme, go for it! I’d recommend NYX’s Photo Loving Anti-Redness Primer ($12) or Make Up For Ever HD Primer, Shade #1 ($34)
I’ve always said I could never be a manicurist, but it’s actually a LOT easier painting someone else’s nails rather than your own! Team up with a friend for a much faster nail art experience (and a much steadier hand!)
Hello! Pores can be such a pain (and yet they’re oh-so necessary!). I’m not the biggest fan of Benefit Porefessional [check it out], even though it’s one of the most popular pore minimizing primers and has a ton of hype. My favorite primer that not only immediately smooths even large pores, but also makes my makeup stick better and clears blackheads over time, is the Cover Fx Mattifying Primer.
Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment - $16 for .5oz
This is a nice, balmy, silicone-based primer infused with salicylic acid. It is just really nice quality, doesn’t feel heavy on my skin, controls oil and refines my pores, fine lines, and any uneven texture. Makeup glides on really smoothly over top and the salicylic acid helps prevent breakouts and attacks blackheads all day. You can get it at Sephora and online!
At the drugstore, you really can’t beat good old fashioned Monistat Soothing Care Anti-Chafing Gel. It’s a true silicone skincare product that will fill in your pores better than anything else for the price! [Buy online]
I find that using just a pore-refining primer isn’t always enough, especially for a long, active day of wear. Using a powder over top will also help keep the pores away without adding too many layers to the skin. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder is amazing, soft, and effective, and ELF’s High Definition Powder ($6) works pretty well too, and is very inexpensive.
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Powder - $30 [Sephora, Ulta, or online]
Since the Maybelline Baby Skin primer is a relatively new product, it might not be in all areas yet. I’ve seen it at Walmart and Walgreens so far in my area, but I’m sure that it’s in other retailers as well! Keep your eyes peeled, it should soon be everywhere that Maybelline products are sold :) I have a review for this coming soon!
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser - $6-$8