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Denise is primed and ready to go

This was my first experience with any sort of makeup primer, and I can't say that I was missing out on too much. I've always gone straight from moisturizer (with SPF, of course) to foundation or concealer, depending on the day. NARS Makeup Primer ($32) is an oil-free gel cream loaded with botanicals, which is meant to soothe the skin and make a smooth base for longer-lasting foundation wear. I really do like this cream - it leaves my face soft and matte - I'm just not a fan of the pre-step to foundation, especially for everyday use. What I have found myself doing is using NARS Makeup Primer instead of any foundation, and simply applying concealer and a light dusting of powder on top. I've enjoyed using this product, but I don't consider it a staple in my makeup bag. It is, however, a nice alternative to wearing heavy foundation and the soothing botanical ingredients make my skin happy. You can try NARS Makeup Primer and other fine NARS products for yourself at narscosmetics.com or at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Posted June 20, 2005

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