September 2019

Ask Melissa: Favorite Primer & Foundations


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I’m 55 years young with uneven skin tone, age spots and small veins. Is a primer really necessary? If so, what is the best foundation, liquid or mineral, and which brand would you recommend?

I really like using a primer under my foundation as it smooths out and prepares the skin for make-up application. My favorite primer is by Laura Mercier–it has the perfect consistency and it really fills in lines and wrinkles for smoother skin appearance. I like Sue Devitt’s Triple C-Weed Whipped Foundation for medium to full coverage. It’s oil-free formula has a whipped texture that evens out skin imperfections while locking in moisture at the same time. Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too. -Melissa

Buy Now, Laura Mercier Primer, $30

Buy Now, Sue Devitt’s Triple C-Weed Whipped Foundation, $40

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Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, $20

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Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

Start with primer to lock the vibrant color in place. I love the one from Smashbox. I use the wand to apply a small amount to my lids and then blend with my finger.

Buy Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, $20, at Sephora