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So, we all know you get three types of foundation – liquid, powder and cream…yawn. I however recently found out that you can actually add some primer to your foundation before applying to make it more translucent.

I obviously had to give this a go a few times before sharing this nifty little trick with you and it actually works! It retains the foundation’s coverage without looking as caked on, plus you also get that long lasting, all-day foundation…bonus!

It however boils down to the results you are looking for ladies. Primer works on the principle of layers, so if you want the full effect you will need to do it in steps. However, this method of mixing your primer with your foundation works beautifully and is great for when you want lighter coverage, but not actually a fan of BB cream.
Here’s how:

  1. In the palm of your hand, mix your primer and foundation with your index finger. I would work on 70% foundation and 30% primer.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Dot the mixture onto your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin.
  4. Blend well. Avoid rubbing large amounts all over your face—it might turn clay mask-like.
  5. If your primer made the finish dewier than you wanted, simply dust some translucent powder to set the face.

So, how do you know what will work well together?

You don’t. It takes a lot of experimenting to discover the little gems sometimes. I would recommend mixing small amounts of primer and foundation at your cosmetic testing counter …you would be able to tell immediately if your combination spreads smoothly or not.

Hope you found this tip useful.

Till next time,


Kelly D

(feel free to follow me on Instagram @theekellydee or like my Facebook page Kelly D Professional Makeup Artistry for tips, inspiration and latest work)

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