The Secret to Long-Lasting Makeup

Want to know the secret to long-lasting makeup? Betty's Beauty Queen knows the drill.

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The Secret to Long-Lasting Makeup

Today’s primers keep your foundation – and your skin – looking great

-Paige Herman-Axel

A pretty African-American womanIf you’re thinking about lightening up on the makeup this summer, here’s a little beauty tip. A primer might be just what you’re looking for. Today’s technologically- advanced offerings do more than just help your foundation stay put, they can actually help improve your skin while you wear it – and more!

Primer, color correction, foundation and powder in one
When Per-fekt Skin Perfecting Gel came out a few years back, I was instantly smitten. At first I tried the translucent version and I found it gave my skin a velvety smooth finish, and then I graduated to the “Radiant” hue and pretty much stopped using foundation all together. You can build the coverage to get as much or as little as you need, and I love how it’s packed with antioxidants, alpha lipoic acid and vitamins A and E to help protect my skin from free radical damage. $57.50, 

Problem-specific primers
If you haven’t already tried Cover FX’s line of mineral-based makeup, now’s a good time to start. The original SkinPrep FX is geared toward anti-aging thanks to line-blurring and hydrating ingredients; ClearPrep FX is a mattifying version that prevents and heals breakouts as is evens out the skin; and the newest BritePrep FX adds radiance as it protects the skin from sun-induced signs of aging. $39-$45 each,

A silicone-free alternative
Most primers harness the skin-perfecting power of silicone to get that flawless finish, but for those of us who prefer to keep things natural, Korres Silicone Free Face Primer acts as a barrier between the skin and makeup that reduces pore size and fills in wrinkles and lines. In addition to antioxidants, it also contains jojoba, sunflower oil and edelweiss extract to soothe and counteract redness. $28.00,

What’s your secret to making your foundation last in the summer heat? Share your beauty tip with us!

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