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How to Tell if You’re Using the Best Foundation and Primer Combo

How to Tell if You're Using the Best Foundation and Primer Combo

How to Tell if You’re Using the Best Foundation and Primer Combo

So today I wanted to talk about how to tell if you’re using the best foundation and primer combo. If you’re using the right combination, your foundation will apply better and last longer. Do you know if your products are water based or silicone based? There are also occasionally wax based and oil based concealers, primers and foundations. As a rule, you want to match your primers, concealers and foundations to all be silicone based or water based.

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What I’m Wearing

Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara
Glossier Boy Brow in Black

Cover FX Illuminating Primer
Idun Minerals Illuminating Foundation in Jorunn
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Blush in Plum Rose
Makeup Geek Moon Phase – highlighter
Aromaleigh Luxe Sparkle
Aromaleigh Alabaster foundation – t-zone
Aromaleigh Illuminata Luxe Light
Urban Decay All Nighter Spray

Nyx Jet Set Pencil
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in Time

Custom Glitter Hard Gel Nails from Totally Polished Salon

Water Based Products

Silicone Based Products

Oil Based Product

Wax Based Product

How to Tell if You’re Using the Best Foundation and Primer Combo

Silicone based makeup products are the most common by far, with water based being second. Wax and oil based products are pretty rare in my experience. Using the wrong primer and foundation combo is probably the number one reason your foundation sits on top of your skin, pills up, or doesn’t last. If you have dry skin like me, I think the best foundations tend to be water based.

Do you have a favorite water based concealer or primer? Let me know!

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  • So glad I found this ! I’ve been having a really hard time with my skin (very dry, sensitive) and foundations. Either the product clings to my dry patches, or I have some kind of reaction. I think I may be sensitive to silicones, but they are in eeeeeeverything! I was using Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid (without primer… haven’t found one I like yet) and it was just sticking to all my dry patches over the winter. This is really great info for me while trying to figure out what to try next, making sure the bases match! Thanks !!

    • You’re welcome! I have dry skin and right now I get the best results by using the Too Faced Hangover Primer with either Idun Minerals Liquid Foundation in Jorunn or Natasha Denona Glow Foundation (with some white added in). These are all water based products, so should have little to no silicone, I think.

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