Primer! There, I said it. The secret is out.
If you have a special event coming up, and you need your makeup to last the whole day, you might want to consider investing in a good primer. When I do bridal makeup I always make sure that the bride's face is moisturized and primed so her foundation and concealer go on as smoothly as possible. Smashbox primer is quite costly coming in at around $50. However, if you're going to spend the money this primer is well worth it.
Sephora also makes their own primer that is comparable to the Smashbox Photo ready primer (listed above) and is only $20. This is the one that I own. With primer, a little goes a long way. You don't want to put on too much, just a pea sized dab all over your face. If you put on too much, it does not do its job properly. Both of these primers provide a 'photo ready' finish, which makes them great for bridal makeup, or any special occasion where you know pictures will be taken.
I have also tried Smashbox's blemish control primer. If you're looking at this and thinking, green?! Don't worry. Green is used to combat redness. I will talk about this later when I review my favourite concealer wheel, so stay tuned! This primer is great if you're having a breakout. I used a sample I had gotten of this primer to help conceal redness in my blog post about the magic of makeup. It worked like a charm! So, if your wedding is coming up, and with it blemishes from stress, don't worry. This primer has got your back!
This primer is solely for your eye lids. It is Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Urban Decay is probably one of my favourite brands for eyeshadow. They have created the Naked Palette which I could easily say is one of the best makeup investments I have ever made (more on that later). This eyeshadow primer will make sure that your eyeshadow stays on all day! One bottle of this potion will also last you a long time.
Okay, last but not least! If eyeshadow primer seems like too far of a jump from your comfort zone I highly recommend this product! This little gem is Smashbox's Limitless 15 hr wear cream eye shadow. Let me tell you now, the name doesn't lie! I used this exact colour for my last bridal makeup application and it stayed on beautifully all day long. It can be used on its own or as a base.
Finally, if any of these Smashbox items look appealing to you my best advice I can offer is save up your Optimum points with Shoppers Drug Mart and when they have a spend your points event, go in and treat yourself to a few of these items. It feels like free makeup, and who doesn't love free makeup?
That's all for now. Thanks for reading!
Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist
I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!