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What are your favorite primers, bases and setting powders, Temptalia? Can you make some recommendations for various skin types? Thanks!

Primer and using the right foundation. Set the foundation with powder & keep a pressed one for touchups if needed. Also, blot tissues.

Primer, of course! Smashbox Photofinish Light is great for oily skin. It lives up to the hype, ladies, I swear! Then foundation: Chanel Mat Lumiere, my latest love affair. Lastly, MAC Blot Powder to soak up the rest of those stubborn that try to seep through. My makeup lasts about 6-8 hours, I think that’s as good as it gets. For me, at least. I have such a hard time getting my lipstick to last, though! I just slap it on (bad idea, I know) and I’m reapplying an hour later. Do I need to fill in my lips with pencil first? Christine, do you know a good lip pencil (from MAC prefferably) that matches or comes close to Freckletone? Thanks!

Blotting papers, which I “make” from toilet seat liners, are essential! I also spritz on a mix of toner and water throughout the day, especially if I reapply powder. My makeup has a tendency to get cakey and slippery, so almost all my summer makeup tips involve controlling and preventing an oil slick. I can’t wait to read the rest of the tips, though.

All-rounded skin care routine! Without a good canvas (i.e. good skin), nothing will stay on and nothing will look nice

I’ve been loving Urban Decay’s new setting spray in all-nighter for making my makeup last longer. Have you tried any of them?

I wear (at most) eye makeup, blush and bronzer. Because I have long days, I usually slap on soome UDPP and I’m all good. If I really need everything to stay, I’ll put some of MAC’s blot powder on before and after I apply the blush/bronzer and some shelaq after i’ve finished applying my eye makeup.

Well,whenever I want flawless eye makeup I use eyeshadow primer (UDDP or Art Deco) with Bisque eyeshadow on top. Sometimes I add Paint Pot in Painterly in between to even up the skin on my my lids.
I rarely use face primers though, I somehow feel as if my skin couldn’t breathe under something more than a foundation. :/

Hi there,

Do you ever use setting spray?

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for the combination skin of my face: “Smashbox photo finish foundation primer light”
A total WOW-product for me! My make-up lasts for so many hours with that and my T-zone is much less oily! Pricey, but the best one for me!
(For my eyes, I like MAC paint pots.)

Tinted moisturizer or colored(neutralizer) b4 applying foundation powder then setting it with HD powder seems to work well for me.

Definitely a primer, good foundation (I love Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk) and MAC Blot Powder. Don’t apply foundation on too thick as it will just slide off

My answer is the same as yours! In an ironic lucky way, I have dry skin so I never really have to use blotting powder during the day — even if it’s really hot. My makeup stays in place and I swear by paint pots for the eyes. I use NARS primer for my face =)

I only do setting powder (Laura Mercier translucent or Bare Essentials mineral veil). I do not use foundations or primers as they tend to clog my pores and I have pretty decent skin w/out them. But I am ok with powder only. If I do go out at night I usually do re-do my make-up fresh.

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