Monday Morning Makeup: Prime Time

Good morning friends and welcome to Monday!

Here in Birmingham, it's a little chilly, but the sun is out giving us a hint of Spring. After the crazy winter we've had, I'm not complaining about the sun being out one bit!

As you can see, I'm beginning a new Monday morning series with some makeup and skin care tips. Since I started selling Mary Kay to raise money for our adoption, I've learned so many things myself about how to take care of your skin and use cosmetic products to their fullest potential, and I want to share them with you!

Today I want to share about the benefits of 'primer'. 

Mary Kay has four different primers that we sell. We sell a foundation primer, an eye primer, a lip primer, and an eyelash primer. I use two of those primers - which goes to show that a company can have a lot of great products, but not every person needs every item. Choose what will benefit you the most.

I use the foundation primer and eye primer, so those are the two I'll be sharing.

Mary Kay® Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 $16.00

Make sure you moisturize

The foundation primer is designed to be used with (not instead of) cleanser and moisturizer. If you're using the Mary Kay Miracle Set, you'd use your cleanser, day solution, moisturizer, foundation primer, in that order. If you're not using Mary Kay products, still make sure that you're using a moisturizer because if you don't, you skill will actually become more oily because it's overcompensating for the lack of hydration. 

SPF 15

Mary Kay's foundation primer has SPF 15. You always want to make sure that you're using some sort of SPF every single morning. Not only can the UV rays of the sun cause damage to your skin, but florescent lights in classrooms and offices, as well as computer screens can cause damage to your skin if you're being exposed to them for long periods of time. 

How to use the foundation primer

To use the foundation primer, put a teeny-tiny dot in the middle of your fingers. Like most Mary Kay products, a little goes a long way. Rub your fingers together, and then feather the primer through your T-zone (forehead, nose, cheeks, chin). The foundation primer is really light and silky. It's not oily at all, and it rubs into your skin on contact, so you don't have to worry about it being cakey or heavy under your makeup.

Benefits of the foundation primer

As I already mentioned, one benefit of the foundation primer is that it has SPF 15. Another benefit is that it acts almost like an adhesive to your foundation. Whether you use a mineral liquid foundation or a mineral powder foundation, it keeps everything in place. Also, it will help you blend any foundation or powder that you use when you apply your makeup. Lastly, it prevents the '5 o'clock shine' that we get after a day of work. 

Mary Kay® Eye Primer $12.00

How to use the eye primer

First, make sure that when you're using any sort of cream or makeup on your eye, you're only using your ring finger or a makeup brush. Your ring finger is the weakest finger, and since the skin around your eye is as thin as cellophane, you don't want to use your stronger fingers. Place a small dot of eye primer on one ring finger, and then touch your ring fingers together. Spread the primer across the your eyelids, starting at your lash line and extending just above the crease. You can put a little bit under your eyes too just along your lower lash-line. After that, you're ready to apply your eye makeup!

Benefits of the eye primer

Like foundation primer,  eye primer acts like an adhesive for your eye makeup. It keeps everything in place and prevents creases or smudges throughout the day. It's also waterproof, so even if you don't wear it everyday, it's great to have for special occasions such as weddings. Lastly, it helps your eye makeup glide on smoothly as you're applying it. The eye primer is a thicker texture than the foundation primer, but it's not oily and it will leave you with a beautiful, matte-looking finish. 

Thanks for taking the time to read all about how to best prime your face and get the most out of your foundation and eye makeup. Don't forget, Mary Kay also sells a lip primer (age-fighting $23) and a lash primer ($15). If you have any questions, or would like to order any of these products, use the form at the end of this post to contact me!

Happy Monday, and I hope you have a fantastic week!

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Posted on March 24, 2014 .