I don’t think I ever rely as hard on primers as I do in the summer. There’s just something about sunlight and heat which leaves makeup pretty much non-existent. Plus, the moment I step foot on a plane, my foundation somehow vanishes, so I’m always on the lookout for a good one.
I was absolutely over the moon to receive a tube of Estee Lauder’s new The Smoother Universal Perfecting Primer. It sounded exactly like what I was after. Colour and fragrance free, the primer is a lightweight gel which smooths on to skin effortlessly. There is a slight silicon feel to the gel, which, honestly I prefer, and it leaves skin feeling satiny soft.
After applying with my fingers, I smooth on my foundation as normal. The Smoother makes application a breeze, and I swear I don’t need to apply as much as I do normally. Then I swipe on a little concealer and bronzer, and I’m good to go. The Smoother gives skin a luminous finish – it’s not matte, but it’s not as dewy as my skin can sometimes get. It’s also a great base if I’m playing with more extreme makeup looks. When I’ve got this on, eyeliners, shadows and even lipsticks don’t budge an inch. It also keeps makeup looking fresh all day long.