Alright Sheena I have heard your call out and I am ready to talk about swatching. As we’ve said before, we are not pros, however after years of wearing make-up, comparing, brands, and spending waaaaaay too much money I’m beginning to have a good idea how to tell if a make-up product is worth it’s value and if it will deliver what it claims. I’m going to walk you through how I decide whether a product is worth spending my money on and hopefully you can apply these tips to your next purchase.
Face primers should be applied to the back of your hand and you should perform 3 tests before investing in one.
1) Choose a part of your hand that’s particularly red, rough, or veiny and then see how the application of the primer changes/blurs the imperfections. If the primer does nothing, put it back. If it improves the texture, blurs imperfections, or makes your skin look pearly (depending what your end goal is) then you can start thinking about the overall feel of the product.
2) Primers should feel buttery/satiny – so a little bit thick but not like you’ve just applied cling film to your hand. If you flex your hand and the primer feels plasticy or like it’s cracking put it back and try another one.
3) If the primer has passed those two tests above then it’s time for the touch test. The primer should have adhered to the back of your hand by now. Run your forefinger over it. Does the primer have an ‘edge’ or has it sunk evenly into the skin? If it’s difficult to determine where your bare skin and the primer begins you have a winner!
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while then you know that my favorite face primer if the Stila One Step Correct.
But I’d be remiss not to give a shout out to the following products (in order of frequent use and preference)
Stay Tuned for next month’s “Let’s Talk About Swatching” Edition!