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The Tati Trick That Changed My Foundation Application

9 January, 2018 - 09:50pm by - Head Pixie | 14 Comments

By BR Kellie

I don't know if it's because it's summer, or if it's just that my skin is changing as I grow older, but in the last few months I've noticed a change in the skin on my face. A really annoying one.

You see I've always had large pores on my cheeks, nose and the area between my brows, but they've suddenly morphed from holes into craters. And what's worse any foundation I apply is sitting in them. Obviously. Like fly dirt surrounding a light in your house, but foundation coloured.

Initially I put it down to needing to change up my method of application. So I skipped my Artis brush knock-off (so cheap and SO good) and re-friended my Beautyblender. But it... didn't work. The foundation was still obviously spackling up my pores. Buffing brush? Nope. Stippling brush. Uh-uh. 

When the application change method showed no improvement I decided to experiment with different primers. L'Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur did a great job in my pore-zone, but it made the rest of my skin feel greasy by the end of the day. Guerlain L'Or Radiance made my outer perimeter feel fabulous, but did nothing to help the pore situation. THEN the universe answered with a video from my YouTube fav, Tati.

Combine the primers. (And yes, that's being said in my head like the line 'cross the streams' from Ghostbusters, because the idea was radical and crazy, yet I could see how it just might work.

You see Tati too has pores that need a little extra help, so she likes to combine her primers - as seen in this video:

where she uses Cover FX Custom Blot Drops in the areas where she's prone to get oily, along with Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer on the parts of her face that needed a little filling action. In more recent videos I've noticed she's been using her Guerlain L'Or Radiance on her whole of her face as she likes its lifting action, along with the Tarte primer on her more porous areas. 

Well... if it works for Tati, then I had no choice but to give it a go. What did I have to lose right? So I grabbed by Guerlain L'Or Radiance and smoothed it all over (probably could have just stuck to the outer perimeter but, eh, more is more), and then I patted the L'Oreal Magic Blur onto my cheeks, nose and the area between and just above my eyebrows.

Back to my trusty knock-off brush I went, applied my foundation, and voila. A perfect base created perfect foundation, that lasted throughout the day and didn't cause my skin to go greasy or dry and crackly. Thank you, Tati!

Sure, this tip's probably not new to everyone, but to me it was a revelation, and you know what we're so fond of saying here at Beauty Review - sharing is caring!

So, are you a fan of using two primers? What makeup tips do you have that coud change our makeup-loving lives? Go on... get your share on! 

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I would not have thought to use 2 primers either. I am a bit lax with makeup in summer and stick with just moisturisers ,sun screen, lipstick and mascara.

I don't use primer i just slap on my bb cream lol

I will have to remember this when my current regime doesn't work - sometimes more is more!

It's new to me too. Will have to test it out sometime.

Na, I'll just stick with one I think. It seems to work ok considering the big job it has to do!

Makes complete sense - like multi-masking really. I don't usually bother with primer much though.

I don't use primer at the moment, but really should start using it. Foundation always pulls away from my nose and forehead and refuses to stick. This might be the year I get into a primer regime!

I haven't thought of that but I need to give it a shot I have some areas that are pore ridden and some areas that are smoother and have fine lines. Also great way to pan off two primers at the same time.

Hello Lightbulb moment!! In winter my skin is on point, but in summer I struggle with the oily T zone, I have tried several primers, my absolute Fave was Nars Oil Free Pro Prime, which sadly I think has been discontinued. I never thought of using two!! I like the idea of using two, I like it alot, I can now safely justify purchasing another one, because one must have Goldilocks skin (Juuust right)

I guess it is a good idea. One for oily and one for dry areas but then wouldn't they get all mixed up when you apply your foundation? Unless you use a beauty blender and were super careful.... More time consuming but good if you have the time

I haven't tried this but I'm keen to as I've seen other YouTube gurus do it too

Interesting, might have to give this a go for sure. Thanks for sharing BR Kellie x

That's actually a great idea, it definitely hasn't occurred to me before

I never use a primer just apply my moisturizer and let that settle in for a few minutes then apply my foundation but even on some days I don't even bother with a moisturizer as my foundation has an SPF in it and my foundation seems to sit better all day with out previously applying anything.

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