Last week, I wrote about how much I disliked the Dr. Jart Detoxifying Primer that I tried. But even though the product may have been an epic fail, switching makeup, even if only for two weeks, caused me to take another look at my current routine.
A couple of days after switching back to my NARS Pro-Prime Oil-Free Primer ($32) and Clinique BB Cream ($37), I started to notice that my makeup was looking a bit cakey. By the end of the day, whiskering formed on my cheeks and between my eyebrows. How had I never noticed this before?
I mentioned my predicament to a friend and she suggested that I try mixing my primer and foundation together, instead of applying them separately.
Mixing the foundation with the primer can create a bit of a mess, but it’s not too bad. You simple dot a pea sized amount of primer onto the back of your hand and then, a slightly larger amount of foundation next to it. Using a makeup sponge, give them a little swirl until they are mostly mixed. (When I tried to mix them completely, I ended up with more makeup on the sponge and covering my hand than was available to apply, not what I wanted.)
Since I started blending the two products together, I’ve noticed that my makeup feels lighter and looks smoother. It also seems to look fresher longer.
Blending primer with foundation works best with liquids, but can also be done with creams or loose powders. However, I recommend using a stippling brush ($10) instead of a sponge if you want to apply the powder/primer mix. And it allows you to water down a heavier cream foundation for great coverage.
I think this mixing trick is a keeper. I only wish I’d learned it years ago.
P.S.: If you like the BeautyBlender sponge, it works well with this technique.