We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Confidence starts with great skin, and great skin starts with protection from the sun’s rays. While we all know that we should slather on SPF daily, we also know we don’t want to alter our makeup routines, deal with that telltale white cast, or have our makeup slide off our faces by midday. So you can imagine our delight (and relief) when L.A.-based celebrity makeup artist Kira Nasrat filled us in on her best-kept beauty secret. “I’ve not only been using it on most of my clients to get them red carpet–ready, but I’ve also been using it on myself because it helps prep my skin, but it also offers invisible protection,” she tells us.
And if it’s a product Nasrat swears by, we’re all ears. She’s been in the industry 10+ years and has worked with stars like Jamie Chung and Bebe Rexha, so she knows what she’s talking about.
Ready to see the product Nasrat swears by for flawless skin?
While some makeup artists avoid primers altogether (finding the right texture and consistency can be a challenge!), Nasrat can’t get enough of them. In her eyes, it's a non-negotiable, particularly when prepping her clients for a red carpet event. “It’s my secret weapon for flawless skin,” she says. If you think about it, it makes sense. How else will you be able to keep skin matte and makeup intact? But in order to see results, you can't just use any primer, says Nasrat. In fact, there's one in particular that she can't get enough of.
What makes this one so special? Basically, it’s a multifunctional formula that works as an antiaging treatment, a smoothing primer, and an invisible layer of SPF. (Read: It won’t leave a white cast on your skin, so your foundation will stay true to tone.) “The velvety texture creates the perfect canvas for makeup application,” says Nasrat.
Primers can do more than just prep skin, especially when they’re formulated with good-for-you ingredients. To get the most use out of yours, try mixing a bit in with foundation to sheer out the coverage and help keep your complexion looking fresh and smooth all day. Nasrat also says that if you buff a primer over your face makeup, you’ll set it in place, blur imperfections and fine lines, and give your foundation a natural, lasting finish, with invisible protection.
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