The Makeup Base Edit
I've never really been a primer person, it's always just seemed like an unnecessary step to me. But priming moisturizer, that's a different story.
In my mind there is nothing worse than foundation going onto dry skin. But on the other hand, sometimes moisturizer under makeup makes it wear off faster or look a little too dewy. So I began to amass a collection of moisturizing products that wear really really well under makeup. These beauts leave your skin looking primed and perfect, and foundation just glides on top.
My love began with the classic Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base. Unless I'm mistaken this is pretty much the first of its kind, a moisturizer specifically made for makeup. I think this launched back in 2009 so it's an oldie but a goodie. Anyway, it's an oil-free Shea Butter based formula that's never greasy but always mega hydrating. It smoothes the skin and makes it look almost plump, leaving a perfect base for makeup. It's a little thicker than you'd expect, but blends away super easily and doesn't leave any sort of residue.
The Glossier Priming Moisturizer is a great one if you have slightly oilier skin. You can definitely use the Bobbi with oily skin, but this sets down to an almost satin finish. Again, it's another one that smooths the skin out and almost blurs (?). It also has an oxygenating agent and anti-redness complex that I find really helps to calm my skin down. The major thing I use foundation for is to cover redness, so this means I can use less product. Win!
For a little extra somethin' somethin' I like to use a product with a little shimma. The Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow isn't a moisturizer per se, but it makes your skin look a glowing goddess. I have an individual post on this coming soon so I'm just going to tease you and not waffle on about it quite yet.
I have a weeee sample of the Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm which is practically heaven-sent. For some reason I didn't think I'd like this when I got it so I put off trying it for quite a while. Big mistake. I think the term "balm" scared me a bit because that sounds thick and not compatible under makeup. However its actually a super lightweight whipped texture. It has teeny tiny light reflecting particles that make your skin look super glow and radiant, and that shows through the makeup. I will say this shimmer is more cool toned and less golden than the Charlotte offering, so you may want to get a sample before committing.
The next two aren't technically makeup bases, but they work so beautifully I needed to mention them. I was so excited when we finally got the mini Clinique Pep-Start Hydro Rush Moisturizer in at work because I'd been wanting to try it forever. This isn't a makeup base, it's a daily moisturizer but despite the quite rich texture makeup sits beautifully on top. This is definitely more for my dry-skinned ladies and one that I'll mostly reach for in the upcoming cooler months, but it makes the skin feel really soft and plumps it up. If you're interested in the range but have oily skin, I'd try the HydroBlur Moisturizer, which has a blurring matte texture. I haven't personally tried it on my face but I hear great things.
The Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream is also an oldie but a goodie. I've gone through several jars of this now as it's such a perfectly balanced moisturizer. It's super duper lightweight, but full of rich ingredients that really hydrate the skin and keep it hydrated over time. It's antioxidant rich and contains Maca Root which is supposed to encourage cell turnover (yes please).
I'm 100000% not into siliconey plastic feeling primers, but these hydrating, rich, luminizing versions? I can't get enough!
What are your favorite priming moisturizers?