Primed To Perfection: The Secret to Flawless Makeup That Lasts All Day – And Night!

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You wouldn’t think twice about painting your nails or your walls with a basecoat first – so why not treat your skin with the same level of attention? A primer is often seen as a superfluous accessory to a makeup bag – something best left to the professionals and cosmetics aficionados. But if you often find yourself wondering why your makeup seems to have evaporated by four o’clock, you shouldn’t underestimate the benefits of adding this simple step to your daily beauty routine.

Do I really need a primer, or can I just use a good moisturizer?

“Both!” says makeup artist Mally Roncal, who has worked with Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé,“primer is really going to help your moisturizer sink in and do its job. Without it, your makeup is just going cling to your moisturizer, and as your moisturizer settles into your pores, its going to take your makeup with it, clogging your pores and ruining the life of your makeup.

If I start using a primer in the morning, should I skip the moisturizer?

Roncal says no: “Don’t skip on the moisturizer! Even if you have super oily skin, you still need moisturizer!” Celebrity makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan, who gets stars like Audrina Patridge and Ashley Tisdale prepped for the red carpet, also agrees on the one-two punch of a moisturizer-primer combo. “I always start with a light to medium moisturizer depending on my clients skin type. The moisturizer will keep the skin hydrated throughout the day but it’s the primer that will keep the makeup looking fresh and flawless. After moisturizing I add primer to my client’s skin to mask fine lines, creases, or large pores and create a seamless canvas for foundation. Another advantage is that most primers set the skin with a matte finish, which will provide shine control for normal to oily skin.”

For her recent red carpet appearance at the Teen Choice Awards (pictured above), Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Joyce Bonelli used the “fab” Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base to create her immaculate complexion. Jenna Anton, who works with the Victoria’s Secret models, also has a standby favourite: “A great primer makes a big difference but finding one that gives skin the perfect texture is the tricky part. I’ve tried a lot and always end up back on the Laura Mercier one.” Meanwhile Kelsey Deenihan switches between her two preferred products: NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer and Skinn Orchid Gel Mattefying Day Treatment.

Ashley Tisdale’s trainer spills her bikini body diet & workout routine

Ashley Tisdale

YOU WORK WITH CELEBRITY CLIENTS WHO OFTEN NEED TO GET IN SHAPE, FAST, FOR AN EVENT OR ROLE. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND DOING TO QUICKLY DROP SOME WEIGHT? If you need to drop weight fast, the first thing you need to do is look at what you are eating. People tend to consume extra calories throughout the day and not even know it. That latte from your favorite coffee house has 180 calories and that little ranch dressing you just added to your salad is another 150. Cutting out liquid calories will accelerate your weight loss. Another emphasis should be placed on eating a green and leafy vegetable during every meal, even breakfast. Some examples include: broccoli, collard greens, kale, and spinach. These veggies are low in calories, low in fat, and high in dietary fiber which make them ideal for weight loss. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals to maximize the efficiency of your metabolism.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES YOU SEE GIRLS MAKING DURING THEIR WORKOUTS? The most common mistake I see girls make is that they don’t lift weights! It’s the same women on the cardio equipment, day in and day out, whose body does not change. Don’t be afraid to get out there and use a little extra resistance. Women have this notion that weights will make them bulky, but that is totally a myth. You can use weights to tone and tighten, streamlining and sculpting your body the way you want. By adding 2 lbs of muscle, your body can burn up to 100 extra calories a day! That’s 700 calories a week! That’s over 36,000 calories a year!  Keep the weight low and do more repetitions to tone up.

HOW DO I SLIM DOWN WITHOUT GETTING TOO MUCH MUSCLE DEFINITION? Find a good balance between cardio training and weight training. If you go to the gym 4 days per week, spend 2 days weight training and 2 days doing only cardio. The weight training will make your muscles strong while the cardio will prevent any unwanted weight gain.

TAKE US THROUGH A TYPICAL WORKOUT YOU DO WITH ONE OF YOUR FEMALE CELEBRITY CLIENTS? I want to burn as many calories as possible during our sessions and work on those troubling areas for girls (thighs, butt, arms, & abs).  The key is to get as much of the body moving as possible during every exercise. Take an exercise like a squat. You incorporate all of the large muscles in the lower body (quads, hamstrings, and glutes), but adding an overhead shoulder press after you complete each squat will bring the upper body into play. Now you have hit all of those problem areas and burned more calories to sculpt your body quicker. Isolation exercises, or exercises for one muscle group should be done toward the end of your workout.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR GETTING A FLATTER, TIGHTER STOMACH? You cannot reduce fat around just one part of your body. Get every muscle moving. The more calories you burn the slimmer in the waist you will get. To strengthen up the entire core, exercises like planks and side planks will effectively work those abs, but also the lower back and those saddle bag areas.

WHAT IS THE BEST FAT-BURNING CARDIO A GIRL CAN DO? Definitely interval training cardio! This will burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. Interval training involves alternating between higher and lower intensities of exercise to raise your heart rate and provide enough rest to push a little further.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND DOING FOR LEANER, SLIMMER LEGS? Multi directional lunges are the key: Lunge forward, out on diagonals, sideways, and backward to effectively work the entire upper thigh.  You do not need to hold any weights while doing these exercises.  Gravity will provide all of the resistance you need.