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Lucie Gardiner Worship

Posts: 29

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Anyone have any good primers to recommend for reactive skin?
I'm looking for myself, not clients, I use Laura Mercier for clients and never have a problem but it breaks me out and want to try something new. Thanks All!

Nov 25 12 07:46 am Link

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House of Westenra

Posts: 41

Louisville, Kentucky, US

Laura Geller's "Spackle" is a good product. 

Smashbox makes nice Primers. 

Check out www.inmykit.com  for a whole host of recommendations

Nov 25 12 08:35 am Link

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JochsBeauty

Posts: 1459

Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

Whiphand Cosmetics makes a gorgeous primer. It's seriously like nicest primer I have ever tried.

Nov 25 12 09:54 am Link

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Thomas Van Dyke

Posts: 1775

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Lucie Gardiner Worship wrote:
...primers to recommend for reactive skin?
I'm looking for myself, not clients, I use Laura Mercier for clients and never have a problem but it breaks me out and want to try something new.

I always test product on myself first, any issues I don't use it on clients, enough said...

Might keep in mind that effective treatment of allergies is a complex challenge... An allergist is a physician...  They must complete medical school and then three years of residency...  An internet forum isn't an appropriate substitute for the guidance of a trained, licensed professional...

However as a make-up artist it is germane to match primer to the vehicle of the foundation used in the look... i.e. for silicone based product use a silicone based primer likewise for oil based product...

My current favorites?  TEMPTU S/B Primer for Silicone based product a.k.a. TEMPTU S/B, Cinema Secrets foundation, etc.  For Oil based product I've used Eve Pearl's moisturizing primer for years... totally love it... works superb for RCMA...

Nov 25 12 10:28 am Link

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Lucie Gardiner Worship

Posts: 29

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Thanks for all your great suggestions!

If anyone has a fail safe primer they use on skin prone to breakouts, I'd love to hear about those in particular.

I'm one of those poor souls who has breakouts with products most don't, Laura Mercier primer for example, I have never, ever had a client had a bad reaction but I do, same with MUFE HD foundation, even though I love it, I just can't wear it on my own face...

Nov 25 12 10:48 am Link

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Denise

Posts: 1915

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Nov 25 12 12:55 pm Link

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ThirdEyeMakeup

Posts: 309

Los Angeles, California, US

Yes- I also agree with CoverFx primers. You may also try Lorac's Aquaprime, as it is also made for sensitive skin (and silicon-free).

Nov 25 12 05:55 pm Link

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SarahChaudhry

Posts: 298

Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

I cannot do without MUFE allmat primer! Even my clients who have had sensitive skin, had no issus with this. I love it! It keeps makeup lasting longer and great for under eys cuz it fills in the fine lines a little before u apply concealer

Nov 25 12 06:06 pm Link

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Vanita MUA

Posts: 57

Seattle, Washington, US

When using silicone foundation I use Smashbox primer, when using water-based foundations, I use Lorac aquaprime.

Nov 25 12 07:40 pm Link

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Maria Vittoria B

Posts: 57

London, England, United Kingdom

My pick for silicone-based foundation is MUFE HD Primer, for water-based I love OCC Skin Primer.
I can't stand the feel of primers with lots of silicone in them, and the two I mentioned feel weightless and prime beautifully.
If it's for yourself and you don't care about flash photography, MAC Prep&Prime spf 40 (or 50?can't remember) is also a great product, makes foundation last a lot longer and doesn't clog pores. It does feel slightly heavier than the other two though.
Hope that helps!

Nov 26 12 04:19 pm Link

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Jaime Criel Makeup

Posts: 149

New York, New York, US

Lucie Gardiner Worship wrote:
Thanks for all your great suggestions!

If anyone has a fail safe primer they use on skin prone to breakouts, I'd love to hear about those in particular.

I'm one of those poor souls who has breakouts with products most don't, Laura Mercier primer for example, I have never, ever had a client had a bad reaction but I do, same with MUFE HD foundation, even though I love it, I just can't wear it on my own face...

When you say breakout, are you talking an allergic reaction (red bumps all over) or pimples (white heads)? You may be allergic to a commonly used ingredient in makeup. Nowadays, makeup is non-comedigenic, meaning it won't clog pores. Most breakouts are skin reactions, not pimples. Maybe you're allergic to silicone? Certain preservatives? Maybe this can help you break down what's breaking you out! smile
But anyways....I use MUFE or Smashbox primers in my kit....Chanel primer on myself.

Nov 27 12 03:27 pm Link