(Closed) Favorite primer and powder? Makeup and dermatology advice needed!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
618 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@FLBlonde93:  I really like the original Smashbox primer (the clear one).  It’s lightweight and works well.  I typically just use a little bit of a transluscent powder to “set” my makeup as I use a matte finish makeup for special occassions.  Honestly, the Loreal Translucide is what I’m using now and it works just fine!  

Post # 4
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FLBlonde93:  I use Rimmel Stay Matte and it works well!  it can wash you out even though its supposed to be transparent, so use a light hand.  also may not work if you have a darker skin tone.

Post # 5
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Picture wise, I love the Smashbox primer line, but Benefit makes a great brightening one, depends on what you’re looking for. For powder, I like Shiseido and Make up Forever’s Microfinish powder, well buffed with a rosewater spritz to finish. 

Post # 6
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@FLBlonde93:  I use Smashbox primer, Nars Sheerglow foundation and Makeup Forever HD finishing powder. I also use Urban Decay de-slick setting spray. I have fairly sensitive skin and haven’t yet had an issue with any of these products. 


Of course, great skin starts with skin care, not makeup. I have tried every cleanser and moisturizer, and the BEST combination I have found is: Cetaphil facial cleanser, then Dickinson’s witch hazel as a toner, then Cetaphil moisturizer. All sold at the drug store, all under $10 a piece. I use all three items every morning and every night, and my skin has never looked better. 

Post # 7
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@FLBlonde93:  To help prevent the shininess in your T-zone (I have combination skin too!) have you tried the Urban Decay de-slick finishing spray? I spray some on before and after I apply my powder, bronzer, and blush, and it prevents shine all day – I love it! And I normally have sensitive skin but it didn’t cause me to break out, even when I first started using it. Bonus is that it holds your powder in place for a lonngg long time!

When you’re looking at foundations and powders, you want to choose ones without minerals. The minerals don’t photograph well – the light reflects off them and causes your face to look pale or shiny. The Armani Maestro foundation is supposed to be great for photos, but I’ve never tried it myself.

Post # 8
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Hah, let me basically duplicate what FutureCuomo6610 said.  Smashbox primer is great (though I don’t wear it on a regular basis anymore since my skin got to used to it”.  Foundation is Hourglass illuminance or something like that but I actually like one of the Armani’s foundation  more and I also use the HD finishing powder.  I’ve been using that forever now and having found anything better.  I also use de-slick for special occassions when I don’t want any sheen.  Laura Mercier makes some great medium coverage foundations too – they just don’t have as good of a color match for my skin and I hate mixing two different ones.


Cetaphil is great and I’m using a DDF SPF moisturizer because I’m using retinol as well.  SPF is needed since it makes your skin more sensitive to sun exposure.  I have pretty good skin with naturally larger pores in the Tzone – oily still (I’m 31) and occassional breakouts during my monthly visit.

Post # 9
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@FLBlonde93:  Hourglass Cosmetics Mineral Veil Primer and for matte makeup that will stay 12+ hours in sweat and humidity without clogging pores (designed for sensitive skin and those with breakouts) Hourglass Cosmetics Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation.

Seriously those two have changed my life. I wear them daily and my skin is better than ever versus before when I used sub-standard products that clogged pores.

I wrote a thread about it : http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/best-foundation-ever#axzz2hp8GvE1E


Post # 11
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Urban Decay has HD-foundation I plan on using for my wedding day. As for primer, Too Faced has a good one and so does smash box! I think another thing you can’t forget is a good brush to apply these products!

Post # 13
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@FLBlonde93:  I swear by Smashbox Photo Reday Primer and Smashbox 15 Hour Longwear Hydrating Foundation. I also set everything with the Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray. I did my own makeup for my wedding and it looked perfect all night with no touch ups. 

Post # 16
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love Bobbie Brown makeup- if you go to the makeup counter the ladies give great advice and provide a “classy” look.  I had one of the artists from nordstrom do my makeup and it didn’t move all night!

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