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Ask the Pro: Makeup Primers

March 29, 2011

  

Tina Turnbow got her start assisting legendary makeup mavens like Pat McGrath, Jeanine Lobell and Lucia Pieroni. Now she's a successful artist in her own right, with a roster of celebrity clients that includes Claire Danes, Mary Louise Parker, Jessica Szohr and Amanda Peet. A supporter of green and eco-friendly cosmetics, Tina agreed to share a nugget of her beauty wisdom with us.

 

Q: I know that some primers can help makeup last longer, but what are the other benefits of using a primer? Are all primers the same?

Tina says: “There are many different primers; all serve a certain purpose. A primer is meant to help your skin look more perfect as well as hold makeup longer. So if you have dry skin, try a moisturizing primer; or [if you have] large pores, try a pore minimizing primer. Primer is made to provide a great surface for foundation to glide onto and adhere to. It targets certain skin issues and corrects them, so the complexion will be flawless. Some absorb excess oils, some add moisture or help even skin tone and any lines.”

 

Primers for every skin type: Korres Quercetin & Oak Age-Reversing Primer ($33); Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector ($18); Iman Cosmetics Under Cover Agent Oil Control Primer ($14.99);
Benefit Cosmetics Dr. Feelgood Velvety Complexion Balm ($28); Fusion Beauty Anti-Redness Primer ($42).