Face and lip primer? How important is each?

serafina

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I wear lipgloss and powder/foundation on a daily basis. For eyeshadow I always use a primer, but for the lipgloss and foundation I havent really felt a need.

My question is... how important is it to use a face primer and a lip primer? Does makeup look drastically different and last longer? How much longer?

Also, if someone could suggest some cheap but effective primers, that'd be awesome. I saw a drugstore brand, I think it may have been Maybelline having a face primer... believe it was $15.... I would imagine for that price it should be pretty darn good!
 

luvprada

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I've found that as I've gotten older and my skin dryer that primer helps keep the foundation from disappearing. Never used it when I was younger. Don't use a lip primer. If lips are dry I just use chapstick instead.

Smashbox has very nice primers. $16 for a smaller size from Sephora but lasts a very long time as you need very little.
 

serafina

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monistat? isnt that a company specializing in creams for women's infections and such?
 

jillybean307

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My best friend just got me addicted to Philosophy's The Present Primer. I'd never used a primer before, and she let me borrow a little of her's to try it. I went out the very next weekend & bought it for myself. A+ product.
 

Sunshine

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LOL yes it is. (the monistat..) There is a huge thread on it! You should read it!
I love Smashbox primer and I can not love without it. It really makes my makeup go on nicely, and my skin look great. Laura Mercier makes a good one too. For sure get a few samples and try a few. I think you will love the result! I do not use anything on my lips..just lip gloss.
 
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Swanky

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I have a MAC lip primer for when I want to wear pale colors. My lips naturally are a plum color so light colors never show up.
 

nooch

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I don't do lip primer, but I use the monistat as a face primer and it's great.
 

kgirl<3

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Face primer is amazing...it doesn't let your makeup crease (ie: eye crinkles, laugh lines, etc). It also keeps your pores from absorbing the foundation and other makeup.

If you're not sure about the face/lip primers, just pick up some samples from your local makeup counter and see if you like it. :smile:
 

Pursegrrl

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I've been wearing foundation since I was 15 (I'm 43) and when primers first came out I thought OMG what a ripoff. BUT, I am a changed woman. I love how they just even out my skin texture and keep my makeup from disappearing. My skin is combo/schizo and I still do break out in my t-zone sometimes even at my age.

ITA to get samples to see what you like! I love smashbox and Chanel le Blanc.

I don't use lip primers - just lipstick and gloss.

XXXOO PG
 

pquiles

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I wear makeup almost everyday. I use NARS face and e/s primers and I really like it. I've forgotten to wear primers once or twice in a rush to put my MU on and get out the door. I noticed the difference! Never gonna go w/o primer again :smile:
 

Beenie

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You can also try Monistat anti chafing gel for a face primer. Works great. And you certainly can't beat the price.
Love this stuff! And I like that face primer is not the only use for it!

I have a funny store about when I bought mine. DH was hollering through the entire store trying to embarass me and asking loudly if I had an "infection" since all he saw was monistat and assumed it was for girly problems. I was trying to hush him and explain what I was getting it for and he starts with you're putting that on your FACE!? He even pointed it out to the cashier who you could tell was trying not t laugh and I finally told her what I was doing with it and told her to try it also. I kid you not, a few months later that same girl thanked me! Now after hearing the story all my GF's and I (who I also made use it) call it coochie cream.