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Badass Face-Brightening Primers

Welcome to the first installment of my five-part series on brightening products for the face. Brightening creams, primers and foundations are easy and effective solutions for perking up tired-looking eyes and skin. They are safe, bleach-free formulas that are usually created with light-reflecting pigments to give your skin a well-rested, healthy and alive look. Makeup artists have been using these products for years, so it's time that you knew about the many different options in this category too!

Shiseido Makeup Brightening Veil SPF 24 ($32) is a colorless face primer that helps minimize the appearance of dullness, uneven skin and freckles for an all around radiant complexion. It contains Advanced Luminous Technology, which uses shimmer bits to create a soft, dewy and lustrous glow. It glides on like velvet and is extremely moisturizing. It is most effective when worn alone or under your favorite foundation. Available in one universal sheer shade.

For two more brightening face primers,

Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer ($36) is a lightweight foundation primer with a water base so it won't clog pores or irritate sensitive skin. It provides a smooth, matte finish while absorbing excess grease and diffusing light particles to create a brilliant glow on your skin.

That Gal Brightening Primer by Benefit ($27) is a "Pepto" colored face primer that moisturizes the skin and prepares it for your foundation, powder or blush. It's really not as pink on your skin as it looks in the bottle and the result is light, smooth and glowy finish. For more details, read my in-depth product review.

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Vikkylicious Vikkylicious 8 years
Has anyone tried MAC's Face Primer?
hell00kitty hell00kitty 8 years
smashbox primer is the love of my life!!!
hell00kitty hell00kitty 8 years
just ran out and bought the smashbox primer tonight. cant wait to try it tomorrow morning!
htiduj htiduj 8 years
I have Benefit's That Gal. I like it because it gives a nice glow, plus you can put it on over your makeup if you need a little refresher. I also have the Nars primer - which makes my skin sooo velvety soft, and the makeup just melts into it. I LOVE IT. But the absolute best primer of all time has to be NV Perricone Ceramic Face Smoother. You can just put it on with no makeup and your skin will look great. PLUS it improves your skin over time. Its really expensive - $75 for 1 ounce, but oh so amazing.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
davis, have the same outcome w/ smashbox primer. I LOVE IT. It's the only smashbox product I buy. I have oily skin, and it works perfectly on me.
lollipopgirl lollipopgirl 8 years
yay! i love this product =)
vanilla19 vanilla19 8 years
I'd love to try the Shiseido primer..my freckles make my skin appear so dull.
emalove emalove 8 years
I'm afraid it would feel mask-like...I don't like a lot of product on my face.
glint421 glint421 8 years
i have normal to dry skin and used the smashbox product. it was nice but i looked very matte. it didn't make much of an impression on me but that's probably because i don't have oily skin. philosophy makes some great primers that remove shin without making your skin look too matte.
davisdavis davisdavis 8 years
Smashbox Photo Finish is awesome, I haven't tried the others.- No, it doesn't make you look too matte- not chalky or anything, just fresh-faced, like you just washed you face. It helps me a lot, because I've got oily skin and foundation/powder tends to darken over the course of the day if I don't use a primer.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ya, that's what you would think.
aSLAMMINhottie aSLAMMINhottie 8 years
Sounds groovy and I love the idea, but wouldn't using a foundation and powder over it still render a matte look as opposed to dewy?
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