As many of you might have read in last year’s Professional Belly Dancer Makeup blog, I have a serious pore malfunction on my eyelids causing them to block up and produce painful Chalazions when not cared for properly. That being said, being a full-time belly dancer and instructor= tons of sweating every day, so keeping my pores as clean as possible is a big priority so that I can avoid having another chalazion surgery (ouch). Hence why finding a Primer for Bellydance has been a challenge.
Chalazions or not, keeping your pores from clogging is an everyday challenge, especially as a belly dancer! Due to the above, mineral makeup is all I can use and is an amazing product anyways for your skin.
Before one can apply mineral makeup though, it is really important (especially if you have large pores) that you apply a face primer first. There are also eyelid primers specifically for your eyelids.
These primers combat the issue of makeup and dirt entering and clogging your pores after perspiring. Only problem is, that there are SO MANY, and not all mineral primers are actually true MINERAL makeup products.
So here is what I have found so far in Primers since last year’s blog….
1. Both the Bare Essentials and Bare Minerals foundations were too oily for my skin and caused breakouts (boo). While these are quite popular brands, the foundations do carry extra chemicals that are prone to clogging your skin so I was not too happy. Due to this experience I discovered the need to find a face primer I could apply under my makeup. The primer for the eyelids is so-so. It is not as easy as others to spread around.
3. After Studio Gear I tried the new line by Urban Decay “Naked”. This liquid primer/foundation instantly evened out my skin tone, and worked great for about a week and then the break outs started (ugh!). The formula says oil free but it is quite oily actually and clogged up my pores big time! The eyelid primer was shimmery and pretty, but it was drier than Studio Gears and did not spread out as nicely.
4. This brings me now to my newest purchase which is a face primer by Lorac. This has the least amount of chemicals and additives so I am excited to see how it works. I will report soon!