Marlene Rego
Marlene Rego

Why I put primer on after my foundation

I was not #blessed with a poreless complexion so I know my way around a face primer – I’ve tried pretty much every one on the shelf. Some perform better than others, but try to avoid applying in a dimly lit bathroom as I did one morning only to look in my rearview mirror later and notice white blotches on my forehead and jawline. Primers in general can be tricky – water-based or oil-based? Clear or tinted? It really all depends on skin type.

A few fashion weeks ago I was introduced to the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser backstage. It goes on clear and gives a nice blurred effect to pores but I found that anything I put on top of it slid around.

I can’t remember exactly when I started to flip the steps, but I decided to smooth a small bead-sized amount on my forehead and T-zone after spot correcting with concealer or foundation, and I haven’t looked back. It’s basically like an Instagram filter for your face – it cuts down on shine big time and feels like velvet. I have a classic case of unpredictable combination skin, so I often apply a dab of this stuff mid-day if I don’t have blotting papers. Works just as well. The key is to use a thin layer.

Beauty writers are gifted samples to try all the time, but this is truly one product that I buy over and over. I just hope they start making it in a bigger tube.