I know this product is called a “makeup base,” but the Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Makeup Base is essentially just a primer. Okay, so what is a primer? It’s a product layered under foundation to even skin texture, smooth pores, prevent makeup from settling into fine lines and wrinkles, and extend the coverage and wear of your foundation. Some primers have the added benefit of sun protection (as this one does with SPF 20), while mattifying primers also fight oil and shine.

After years of just using whatever samples I got from Sephora, I embarked on a legit quest for the perfect primer to pair with my fall/winter foundation. I tried everything – Hourglass, Laura Mercier, Makeup Forever, Smashbox, Stila, Murad, Rimmel, NYX, Sephora, Lancome, NARS – you name it. Each product I tried just didn’t quite work for everday. Some were too slippy or thin, some were too heavy for daily use, one made me breakout, and one would pill during foundation application. The rest were just okay; I didn’t love anything.

I tried the Diorskin primer because it came as a free sample with a Sephora online order and I only had to try it once to know this was it for me. This primer is thin and fluid, but not liquidy or runny. It’s also not too thick like some gel or silicone-based primers. The product has a slight tint to it, but it goes on sheer with no color.

At $45 per bottle, it’s not the cheapest product on the market, but it’s not the most expensive either. Also, I don’t usually use this during summer months because I tend to favor a BB or CC cream in lieu of full on foundation. If you’re wondering though, for special events that call for heavier-handed makeup, this primer can more than hold its own in East Coast summer humidity.

By trial and error, I found the best way to integrate this product into my routine is to allow a few minutes between skincare products (serums, moisturizers, etc.) and primer application then another couple minutes between primer and foundation application. This is exactly how my mornings go:

  1. Skincare products
  2. Eye makeup
  3. Diorskin Primer
  4. Brows
  5. Hair
  6. Face makeup (foundation, concealer, blush, etc)

Sidenote: you might be wondering why I do my eye makeup first…it’s a long-time habit from working as a makeup artist. It’s easier to manage shadow fallout from powders and liner miscues if you haven’t already set your whole face with foundation, powder, etc.

Anyway, by doing these steps I’ve made sure to give all my products plenty of time to set. And I know it might sound unnecessarily complex, but it’s become a habit I don’t have to give a second thought. This is how the primer works best for me and it’s definitely an all-star when it comes to improving the look and longevity of your foundation. Hope you give it a try!

Peace + love,