I tend to stalk A LOT of beauty bloggers and celebrities on social media (especially on Instagram) and I have always wondered what it is that I am doing wrong because my skin never looks quite as polished as theirs (well, not without a lot of filters, you know?). So I had set out to figuring out the secret to achieving flawless foundation and I think that I have finally found something. Nope, I know that I have.
It all began with changing my skincare routine – I am not going to go into a great deal of detail with this one because I have a whole post planned on the skincare regime that seems to finally be working for me (keep an eye on the blog, next week). But even after upping my moisturizer, exfoliating regularly and getting my face looking and feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom, it still didn’t improve my foundation game significantly.
I then opted to try out primers. I tried a few different ones before completely ruling primers out, but found that most of them made my skin oilier, later on in the day, and my foundation would sort of separate while trying to blend in my liquid foundations, on application. I fixed this by using Sudocrem as my primer and Revlon’s Colourstay Pressed foundation which gave me a porcelain matte look, that I can’t deny was a gorgeous finish.
I still felt like I was missing something from my face routine, that would give me that glowy, dewy skin. Admittedly, the Revlon ColourStay Pressed Foundation works VERY well for a matte look, but for fresh dewy skin, I needed to find something better.
I recently received a press drop, from CATRICE and anybody who’s been reading this blog for a hot minute knows that I love Essence and CATRICE products, thanks to their affordability and extensive range. I had noticed yet another primer, in the pack, and admittedly, dismissed it because as I had mentioned, I wasn’t keen on an oily mess. However, the packaging of CATRICE’s Prime and Fine Beautifying Primer piqued my curiosity, so I swatched the formula, just to see.
I love the subtle glow that the Beautifying Primer gives and figured that it wouldn’t hurt to try a new primer. But after trying it a few times as a normal primer, I wasn’t completely sold but hadn’t given up all hope, just yet. A few weeks ago, I spoke about colour correcting and I shared that pink is a great colour, for brightening up your skin and making it look healthy. The primer contains pinkish, pearl pigments which reflect light, giving you that brighter looking glow. Surprisingly, the formula also boasts Vitamin E which hydrates skin and leaves it looking nourished. Obviously, dry skin means that foundation doesn’t apply as smoothly or can become crumbly, sticking to dry patches, so hydration is the key to keeping skin looking healthy.
So what’s the trick to flawless foundation?
It’s simple! Mix a pearl-sized drop of CATRICE’s Prime and Fine Beautifying Primer into your liquid foundation. So, instead of applying it to your face before applying foundation, you’re mixing the primer into the foundation making the formula more hydrating but also adding the light-reflecting pearls to your foundation.
I have tried mixing the CATRICE Prime and Fine Beautifying Primer with a number of budget foundations that range from Essence, CATRICE, Revlon, LÓreal and a few others, and can confirm that it worked well with all of them. The primer didn’t affect the coverage of the foundation and only made it spread better, blend easily, and left my skin looking fresh and dewy, perfect for spring/summer-inspired makeup.
CATRICE’s Prime and Fine Beautifying Primer retails for about R92 and is available online at Takealot, or at selected Dis-Chems and Red Square Stores nationwide. I’d almost go out on a limb and say that this is the best beauty discovery that I have made all year, it’s THAT great!