Ah, summer. Humid nights, sweltering days. I’ve never been more inclined to avoid a full face of makeup as much as I have been over these past few 30+ degree days. There’s little worse than the feeling of foundation cooking itself – the gluey feeling, the heavy weight, the change in colour… ugh.
Which is a roundabout way of mentioning what I’ve been wearing instead of foundation for the past few months! I’ve been a fan of Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer for years now and went to restock it back in August, only to discover that it was out of stock. I asked the fellow at the Laura Mercier counter what he’d recommend in the meantime, and held up a bottle of Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer and hopefully asked if this was good enough to tide me over for a few weeks.
“Nah,” he said. “You won’t like it.”
Well buddy, you were right. I don’t like it. I love it.
This silicon-free water based foundation primer has a soft beige pearl finish and an ultra light feel on my skin. It can be worn alone (my application of choice), underneath makeup as a traditional primer, or mixed in to a oil-free fluid foundation for anything from a subtle glow to a high pearl sheen, depending on the mix ratios.
If you’re wearing this as a true primer underneath foundation, keep in mind how it will work with your base of choice. A sheer to medium fluid foundation works best , allowing the pearly primer to peek through and create a luminous healthy skin effect. Foundations that are medium to high coverage, especially cream foundations, won’t see as much – or any – of that glow, and would be better served by combining a more traditional primer and a highlighting cream applied afterwards. But, as I said, it can be mixed in to a variety of oil-free foundations without splitting, so a high coverage fluid foundation isn’t necessarily automatically doomed to flats-ville.
If you remember the long discontinued and much mourned MAC Hyper Real foundation and want to create a passable imitation of its luminous pearlescent glow, I’ve found that a mix of two part Radiance Foundation Primer to one part Make Up For Ever HD Foundation is a fairly accurate recreation of the original foundation. The glow factor can also be bumped up by buffing a pearly beige highlighter creme into the cheekbones and bridge of the nose prior to after primer and before your custom blended mixed foundation application.
This primer has been my go-to face base for months now. In the picture above I’m just wearing Radiance Foundation Primer with a teeny bit of concealer sheerly brushed on my nose and under my eyes, with a sweep of MAC Blot Powder to set everything in place and diffuse any high shine.
It helps that my skin has been in excellent condition lately so any extra coverage is mostly limited to my red nose and occasional spot, but using this primer by itself gives my skin enough coverage to look polished but not ‘done’.
Lovely. Low key makeup that gives the illusion of requiring more effort than I actually have to invest is my jam, now and forever. I’m so glad I took a gamble and bought a tube of Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer: it’s made the thought of wearing makeup in this summer heat almost bearable!
This item was purchased by swatchgirl.com.