Prep & Prime

I find it interesting how many women I meet that skip the priming step in their makeup routine... For me if I am going to take the time to put on my makeup every morning, it better last until I'm ready to take it off and frankly, without prepping my skin accordingly, it just doesn't cut it!

Prep and Prime Blog
Prep and Prime Blog

Right now these are the steps and products I'm using to prep my face for my makeup.

Step 1

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator is the ONLY moisturizer that I have repurchased  - wait for it - 4 times!  I've never repurchased a moisturizer more than once.  This gives me hydration and keeps me matte! #LOVE

Step 2

Philosophy Time in a Bottle for Eyes which if I'm honest is the only step in this regimen that I sometimes skip.  I can't really see a difference when I use it and when I don't but I'm trying to stay the course since I'm getting older :/

Step 3

This winter has been havoc on my lips and not much has helped however I now add this Fresh Sugar Lip Serum into my morning routine to hydrate my pout while I finish the rest of my dace so they will be ready when I'm ready to put on my lip color.

Step 4

Blink Gel Tears is a must for me but if you don't have chronic dry eye you can skip this step.

Step 5

NARS Smudge Proof Shadow Primer is just perfection!  I seriously can't say enough about it.  I have the oiliest eyelids of anyone I know and I will crease the uncreaseable but not this my friend!  Plus its wicked thin so it doesn't mess with the integrity of my shadows.

Step 6

Now ever since I switched from using my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and refuse to repurchase the one and only Mineral Primer from Hourglass due to the sheer price, I haven't felt loyal to another primer so right now I'm using the Clinique Super Primer because I have it.  I don't think I would repurchase but it doesn't break me out and I don't mind it!

If you do a majority of these steps you will definitely be removing your makeup looking the same as it did in the morning when you put it on.

The moral of the story is if you want it to last... don't skip the prep & prime steps!