This vs. That: Make-Up Primer

By now most of you know that, at 36 years old, I’m going through a whole self-makeover…inside and out.  I’ve never been one of those women that put in all the effort to learn how to contour my facial features.  Or make my eyebrows look flawless.  Or master the perfect cat-eye.  Or look up make-up tutorials on YouTube.  I’ve never been one of those women…until now.

Please understand, I’m still not even close to “nailing” all of these minor beauty details.  But I am learning a lot through trial-and-error.  Heavy on the trials…and errors.

I used to be able to walk into Ulta and ask for the “lightest coverage foundation they had.”  Now?  Now I walk in there and pretty much ask where they keep the plaster.  When you have WTF?! lines between your eyes that run this deep…you need something a little more hard core than just a light powder.

I had tried about five different foundations, but I was a major “Goldilocks” because I couldn’t find one that was juuuuust right.  Then one day, my hairdresser (who had previously worked for MAC Cosmetics), said to me “It’s not the foundation you use.  It’s the primer you apply before the foundation that really counts.”

Holy.  Crap.

Like I said…I’m new to this beauty branch out stuff and I had never even heard of primer.  I had no idea what she was talking about.  She explained that primer was basically like a moisturizer that is applied before foundation and its used to hydrate, correct, brighten…basically just help make your natural skin and skin tone look better and “more even” before applying your make-up for the day.  She also said a lot of them would help with those elevens between my eyes and the other “fine lines” that are starting to show.

Cool.  I need to get some of this stuff.

For the past few months, I’ve been trying out different brands and mixtures of primers.  My genius hairdresser was so right, y’all.  This stuff really does help.  But I also discovered, as expected, that some brands worked better for me than others.  I know we all have different skin types and what works for me won’t necessarily work for you.  However, if you have never tried a primer and were thinking of jumping on the band wagon, I’ve had great luck with the ones listed below.  Check out my top picks!

I’ve narrowed them down to my two very favorites and pitted them against each other.  They are BOTH great primers.  I just liked one a little bit better than the other.  Keep scrolling to read my reviews of both and see which one I now use on a daily basis.  Happy priming!!


Brenda, my hairdresser, recommended Stila One Step Correct (pictured below).  Again, this girl knows her stuff because she was right. It did a wonderful job hydrating my skin and little bit goes a long way!  It also helped with the “washed out” look I feel like I sometimes get.  It was quick drying and my face just felt refreshed and more awake after I used it.  And it’s such a pretty little face cream!


The next primer, and my pick overall, was Base Tape By Tarte Cosmetics.  First of all, this stuff smells AMAZEBALLS!!  It’s like coconuts all up in your face…and it’s awesome.  It’s also quick drying and like it’s competitor in today’s blog, a little bit goes a long way.  The reason I chose this one is because, at the end of the day, I didn’t notice any make-up in my wrinkle lines.  And you guys, I live in South Texas…and it’s August.  Seriously…the weather is going to be 106 degrees this weekend.  I felt like I sweat less and my foundation stayed put longer using the Base Tape.  It really was an all day lasting primer.  And by the time I was taking my make-up off, my face still didn’t feel too oily or too dry.  It was juuuuuust right.  Primer is pictured below.  I’ll definitely be buying a bigger size.  This was a tester sent to me by a dear friend.


Looks like Goldilocks found her perfect primer after all.  If you know of any others you think I should try, please leave a comment below!  And don’t forget to follow me on Insta and Pinterest!

To find these primers on Amazon, please click on the links below.  (Disclaimer:  I may make a small commission from purchases made using one of my provided links.  This comes at no extra cost to you…and I totally appreciate it!)  



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