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Save Vs Splurge: Primers To Get Your Foundation On Point!

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Getting the right base is absolutely essential when it comes to faking a flawless face. Before applying your foundation, it is necessary to prep your skin in order to make sure you get the best possible result from your product.

Well, to do so, you need the right primer! If you are a makeup rookie and don’t know what exactly a primer does, then let’s break it down for you. A primer is a product that freshens up your skin, prepping it for the makeup that is yet to be applied.

Primers create that smooth finish for a more even application of your product. It helps you foundation last longer, while blurring out fine lines, wrinkles, and light blemishes.

A lot of primers colour correct too, but since we are taking you through the basics of priming, you can start with the clear formula. The texture of a primer is very silky, and once blended into your skin, it almost vanishes, leaving a smooth matte finish.

Here are two products that will allow you to apply your makeup with so much ease and finesse.

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (Rs 2,900)

How do celebrities get that flawless filter-like finish in their photos? It’s their primer, guys! Giving you that Photoshop-esque appearance is Smashbox’s primer. Everyone who knows makeup knows that Smashbox is famous for its primer and I for one can vouch for its authenticity.

The product is perfect for oily skin as it is an oil-free product. It also reduces fine lines and improves the texture of the skin once applied. The best part about this primer is that it ensures your makeup lasts for hours, leaving your skin oil-free for pretty much the entire day.

Although it is on the pricier side, the fact that you only need to use a pea-size amount allows the product to last a lot longer. So yes, it’s worth all that money!


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NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer (Rs 1,325)

The same formula as the Smashbox primer, NYX’s Studio Perfect Primer gives you a similar result. This primer gives you that clean and smooth finish for almost half the price of the Smashbox one.

Non-greasy and easily blendable, the clear formula gives any product a matte feel, keeping your skin oil-free for long hours.

If you’re not looking to spend too much on a primer, then this NYX product would be the closest you can find to the rather expensive Smashbox. Gives you similar results, for a lesser price!


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