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Primer! Another quasi cosmetic-skin care hybrid that contains skincare ingredients but formulated to stay on top of the skin to improve makeup wear. This category at first glance looks easy but it’s not. I’m super picky about primer because so many can break you out or make makeup application harder! Crazy I know!
Primer is also another reason I decided to introduce my own brand. The following are my best picks to perfect skin prior to makeup application. Primers may be worn with or without foundation allowing your color products to apply easier and wear all day!\
BEST ALL IN ONE PRIMERS
HARVEY HELMS BEAUTY
CAMERA READY FACE PRIMER
This VELVETY gel elixir disguises pores and fine lines in seconds. Smoothed on with or without foundation, Harvey’s formula dries to a soft age defying matte finish, keeping your makeup flawless all day. Great worn alone for makeup free Saturdays. Perfect for all skin types! For a sun-kissed glow choose our Radiance Primer – same great formula with a hint of color!
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EYE & LIP PRIMER
Lock your shadow and lipstick in place all-day! This double-duty primer keeps eye shadow from creasing and lip color from feathering. The creamy formula evens out eye lid color & lip texture for beautiful color application.
BEST REDNESS PRIMER
Superprimer Face Primer – Colour Corrects Redness
This lightweight, oil-free primer helps create a smooth, even canvas for foundation. It color corrects for a range of complexion concerns, especially redness, so makeup glides on evenly and stays true for a neutral, even start.
BEST PORE/OIL CONTROLLING PRIMER
Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector
Smooth skin and minimize the look of pores with Bobbi Brown’s new Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector. This multiaction formula helps to reduce the appearance of visible pores, uneven skin texture, and excess oil over time. Visible pores can be a struggle for any skin, and this new skin perfector will not only blur the complexion, but also primes it for effortless foundation and concealer applications. Formulated with algae extract, glucosamine, and a unique blend of powder, it leaves skin looking smooth, even, and poreless while feeling natural and fresh.
BEST ILLUMINATING SPF PRIMER
Stay All Day® 10-In-One HD Illuminating Beauty Balm
Broad Spectrum SPF 30
I know this is a BB but it works great as a primer!
Lighten up! Add a touch of illumination with this revolutionary, oil-free formula that uses the smallest particle of coated pigments for seamless, smooth coverage. Ideal for all skin types and skintones, this beauty balm gives skin a lit-from-within glow. SPF
I hope this helps everyone get primed! If there’s a fab primer you love let me know! Also if you want to share any priming tips I’d love to hear those too!!!
Foundation. Face Makeup. Base. Spackle. Pan Stick. Pan Cake. It has had several names over the years. All promising to deliver better face when you wear it. But alas many don’t live up to their hype. Most women I know hate the thought of foundation. The “Unnatural Mask” or “Clown Grease Paint” as it were. Luckily technology has moved forward not only in the Tech sense! New formulas are more light weight, natural, and concern driven. But as always there are many to choose from. What’s a girl to do?
As promised! Here’s my list of Holy Grail foundation formulas. They made my list because I’ve used them on clients & girlfriends with great success. I’ve broken them down into categories that make them easily recognizable based on your concerns. I’ve included a description and the link to buy for easy shopping. In some categories, I’ve included a drug store best version for my girls on a budget!
Ready? Here we go!
HARVEY’S HOLY GRAIL FOUNDATION LIST
BEST ALL IN ONE FOUNDATION
HARVEY HELMS BEAUTY
This is the reason I launched a cosmetic brand. Every day, my clients were asking for the best “All in One” foundation in a tube that is weightless, pore & wrinkle disguising, with buildable coverage that looks like their skin only a little better version of it! It’s become one of my top selling products! Women who hate foundation love my mousse! I call it “Instant Goddess in a tube!”
BEST OIL CONTROL FOUNDATION
Immaculate® Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free
This innovative foundation helps reduce the appearance of oil, acne scars, and the severity breakouts. It’s formulated with Cashmere Kaolinite Clay, which absorbs 75 percent of its weight in oil without over-drying the skin. The oil-free formula transforms instantly from liquid to powder, creating an all-day finish that camouflages imperfections and never appears dull, flat, or cakey. This foundation’s ultra-fine pigments provide unsurpassed coverage and effectively eliminate the need for powder, blotting, or constant touch-ups throughout the day.
BEST LONGWEAR DEPT STORE FOUNDATION
Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation
This foundation gives you the full coverage, comfortable, long wear that you need. Not thick or greasy, this foundation’s innovative formula gives all skintones flawless, complexion-perfecting coverage, while the broad spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen protects. Redness, pores, and imperfections visibly disappear, evening the skintone and leaving a mattified-yet-natural result. Formulated with color-true NAI pigments, it maintains your skin’s pH level so that color stays put all day long—meaning your makeup doesn’t need to be re-touched and provides transfer-resistant coverage—plus, it’s infused with perlite and silica, absorbing oil for a shine-free wear.
BEST LONGWEAR DRUG STORE FOUNDATION
Foundation smoothes on evenly for a flawless look. ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex SPF 6 for Combination/Oily Skin by Revlon features SoftFlex technology that will not rub off with normal wear. Oil-free formula looks fresh, feels natural and controls excess oil. Also available in a Dry Skin formula.
BEST FULL COVERAGE FOUNDATION
Bye Bye Foundation™ Full Coverage Moisturizer™
This first-ever full-coverage moisturizer from IT Cosmetics™ lets you say bye bye to foundation—and hello to beautiful, flawless-looking skin. Perfect for all skin types, Bye Bye Foundation™ covers absolutely everything while truly caring for your skin. More than a foundation with skincare thrown in, or skincare with a hint of color, this game-changing formula is infused with proprietary 3D SKIN FLEX™ Technology to deliver weightless coverage that lasts all day and is clinically shown to improve the look of your skin, even after you take it off!
BEST STICK FOUNDATION DEPT STORE
Skin Foundation Stick
Formulated with skintone correcting pigments for an incredibly natural look, the Skin Foundation Stick delivers a natural-looking finish and hydrates where your skin dry while it absorbs oil. An innovative blend of emollients help to lock in moisture so that skin stays looking soft and smooth all day. Light diffusing powders and oil-controlling minerals help perfect the appearance of skin while reducing shine—even through sweat, water, and humidity.
BEST FOUNDATION STICK DRUG STORE
Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick
Maybelline’s Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick has an anti-shine core with ultra-lightweight powders built in to instantly dissolve oil. The gel stick formula goes on creamy, blends easily, and transforms to a matte powder finish. Natural looking longwear.
BUY IT HERE http://www.ulta.com/fit-me-shine-free-foundation-stick?productId=xlsImpprod5721110
BEST COMPACT FOUNDATION
DUAL FINISH – Multi-tasking Longwear Powder Foundation
This portable compact is a powerful multitasker that provides sheer to full, buildable coverage. Dual Finish offers a virtually weightless feel for a natural matte finish that lasts all day, and it can be applied wet or dry, depending on the desired effect. Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups, use it for contouring and highlighting, makeup setting, color softening, and spot coverage.
BEST ANTI-AGING FOUNDATION DEPT STORE
THE SOFT FLUID LONG WEAR FOUNDATION SPF20
A weightless texture meets luxurious, long wear. NEW Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 seamlessly blends soft color, healing hydration and Miracle Broth. Pores look refined. Imperfections virtually disappear. SPF and antioxidants help protect a newly flawless complexion. New color capsule technology helps color stay true – even in humidity.
BEST ANTI-AGING FOUNDATION DRUG STORE
Simply Ageless 3-In-1 Liquid Foundation
CoverGirl + Olay Simply Ageless 3-In-1 Liquid Foundation instantly reduces wrinkles, improves tone, and hydrates to firm skin. Hydrates skin over time. Reduces the look of discolorations, fine lines and wrinkles. Instantly helps you look younger. CoverGirl Beauty meets Olay Science and instantly gives you a flawless look.
There you go Gorgeous! I hope this helps you find your Holy Grail! Be sure to catch next week when I’ll be Giving Great Face Primer recommendations!
Stay covered up!
Welcome to 2017. Yes!
We made it. Looking around at everyone, including my own mug in the mirror, I decided to help put our best face forward to begin the year. Why? Because last year was so friggin stressful and it’s showing up in our skin. Tired. Dull. Broken out skin. So here’s Harvey to the rescue. My clients & girlfriends are always asking me what “The Best” products are to prime, tint, cover and powder so my next blogs give you my best from experience as a makeup artist and beauty columnist. I’ve had acne since age 16 so this category is near & dear to my heart. It’s also the reason I finally launched Harvey Helms Beauty in 2016. The products on my list are from my personal experience with thousands of women with very diverse complexions. I have no affiliations with any brands other than my own. If my HHB product is on a list, it’s because I created it to answer a need not being met for all my Harvey Girls out there! Also after reading product reviews on Sephora and Ulta, I see many confused comments about which product is right for who.
Another cautionary tale is with young beauty bloggers who are basing their entire commentary on their own skin alone. There are many variables when choosing the correct product. Skin type. Finish. Coverage. Skin concerns. I hope to help give clear choices based on real women in real life.
So for 2017, let’s get it together and always give great face! Ready? Here we go!
How do you know if this category is right for you? Well, first and foremost, you have very little to hide. Do not expect this category to give you complete or full coverage. Skin Tints are great for the most natural look and for busy girls who need one product to perform skincare as well as skin evening tasks. You can normally expect sheer coverage, SPF protection, pore refining, fine line blurring, oil controlling, super hydrating, and tube portability in this category. Sometimes called Tints, but can also be called BB and CC creams.
For easy shopping, I’m breaking these down by the main skin concern or primary skintype and including the link to a number of my favorite beauty retailers for instant retail therapy!
Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40
This all-in-one skin perfector for oily and acne-prone skin features high-level UVA/UVB protection, moderate coverage, and oil control in an ultralightweight formula. The non-greasy texture eliminates shine throughout the day, does not cause breakouts, and minimizes the look of pores. It’s available in a broad range of natural-looking shades from light to deep—mattifying skin without leaving it feeling dry or uncomfortable. Long-lasting for up to 12 hours of wear and oil-free, it conceals imperfections without clogging pores for a super smooth, beautiful finish.
ultra sensitive tint spf30
Broad Spectrum sunscreen ideal for sensitized, reactive and recently resurfaced skin. Natural mineral sunscreens help shield against photodamage and UV exposure. Contains our exclusive UltraCalmingTM Complex with Oat and botanical actives to help minimize discomfort, burning and itching. Sheer formula provides optimal hydration and helps protect and reinforce barrier lipids, which are often compromised in sensitized skin conditions. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.
Stay All Day® 10-In-One HD Illuminating Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Add a touch of illumination with this revolutionary, oil-free formula that uses the smallest particle of coated pigments for seamless, smooth coverage. Ideal for all skin types and skintones, this beauty balm gives skin a lit-from-within glow. The formula is infused with innovative micro-spheres, which have been shown to hide skin imperfections and reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 84 percent. It also contains natural, skin-protecting emollients, which have been shown to increase antioxidant activity by up to 89.7 percent. Enriched with a proprietary blend, this balm helps reduce skin inflammation, improve texture, support natural collagen production, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 67 percent.
Enlighten EE Even Effect Skintone Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This ultra-sheer skin-transformer gives a hint of healthy color and creates an overall even effect. It immediately helps minimize the look of dark spots, sun spots, post acne marks, redness, and pores, while delivering high-level SPF 30 and powerful antioxidants to soften, smooth, and hydrate. Tonight, awaken the transformation to naturally glowing, even-toned skin.
BEST ALL IN ONE
HARVEY HELMS BEAUTY
Mineral Sheer Tint SPF 20
Lightweight, mineral-enriched, tinted cream with broad spectrum sun protection. Evens skin tone with a sheer natural radiance, as it nourishes, moisturizes and protects. Available in natural and glowing finishes.
Exclusive Multi-Mineral Complex (Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Chloride) helps protect skin. Vitamins A & E condition and protect skin. Antioxidants Ginseng Root Extract & Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract protect skin. Hypoallergenic, paraben-free
Next week is for my girls with something to hide! Best Foundations!
Just moments closer my darlings to give you my picks for the 2011 Emmy Awards broadcast on FOX September 18th! Have you decided what your red carpet look will be? How many dresses have you tried? I personally want to attend a few parties to take in the whole scene! Don’t forget that red lips is the trend of the season! If you’re thinking about throwing an Emmy party, check out my column on special events Guru Robert Fountain so you won’t have any wardrobe malfunctions or disastrous catering faux pas!
I love Sofia Vergara! She has a real woman’s body with a personality that leaves you just mesmerized as soon as she opens her mouth. This beauty is wicked smart and can say more with her eyes than any words necessary! My true undying devotion was sealed after seeing this incredible TV commercial for Diet Pepsi with super soccer hunk David Beckham!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEFI-_Sg5G0 I love David but I couldn’t take my big gay eyes off this naughty girl!
Modern Family on ABC? If you haven’t checked it out you must! The series follows three over the top families. One crazy but looking like the traditional American family. Another family with two gay men and adopted asian baby. And finally Sofia as Gloria Delgado Pritchett married to “Married With Children’s” Ed Bundy as her husband Jay. They have a disturbed hypochondriac child from her last marriage! Hysterical! Sofia plays an out of control emotional Latina! Hide your guns when she’s around!
Check out this Mother’s Day episode!
Born July 10, 1972 in Barranquilla Columbia, she was raised as a devout Catholic in a well off family and attended a private bilingual school. She was discovered by a photographer while walking on a Columbian beach and cast in a Pepsi commercial in Latin America. Talk about full circle! She wants you to know that her accent is real and that she originally wanted to be a dentist.
Brains and beauty again. Love it!
On the beauty front, Sofia has signed to be the new face of Cover Girl Cosmetics so look for her new campaign in 2012! Until then log on to her Facebook page and support this incredible actress!
Here’s to you Sofia! See you on the Red Carpet!
Happy New Year Ladies! I know that It’s been a few weeks but I’ve been busy looking at the forth coming spring yumminess in beauty, fashion and a new subject I’ll be sharing with you this year….Interiors! Time to give your home a makeover too? Let me help! More to come! I spent my holiday shopping and attending incredible events to spread merriment and holiday joy! It’s my favorite time of the year! I also spent every night in bed reading one of the most reflective, beautiful love stories that gives me hope for love for all of us in 2012! If you haven’t read Christina Haag’s Come to the Edge you must get it today! The paperback version is launching this week! It chronicles her love affair with JFK Jr. Yes, the gorgeous son of the late President and the always fabulous Jackie O! Remember that incredible moment at JFK’s funeral when “Little John John” saluted his father on that tragic day? We all must admit that we secretly had crushes on him so it was amazing to read this incredible recounting by someone he actually loved. After reading the Los Angeles Times review I knew I had to immediately pick it up. According to the LA Times ” The reader is swept into a rarefied realm where an intensely private Jackie Kennedy – whose quietly regal life is ordered around comfort and personal space is called Mrs. Onassis. Come to the Edge is about the endless burning passion of young love– the kind that strips you bare and leaves you for dead when it’s over.” Yes, it’s deep and at times a page turner!
Christina who penned this New York Time’s Best Seller was born in Manhattan and is an incredible actress! I know you’ve seen her beautiful face with her leading and guest starring roles in ER, Providence, Family Law, Heroes, Boston Public and Law and Order. When I spoke with Christina she was just beyond delightful. Smart, witty and it was like we’d been best girlfriends for years! I love that! We spoke of many things but I don’t want to give away too much so you’ll enjoy the book the way I did! I will tell you that she told me “I knew John when he was just one of the guys.” John called her “The girl next door.” So sweet. There’s so much more but I’ll let you discover their journey for yourself. As you start the new year by reading this book, my hope is that it renews your spirit and faith in love and conjures your own personal memories of the boys that warmed your hearts and changed your lives. You can follow Christina on[Facebook, twitter, christina haag.com here] Click on to Amazon to order your copy today!
Here’s to love!
Ah the season change! Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Is it me or do Christmas decorations go up earlier and earlier every year? I swear I think I saw some in August? Anyway, that’s another column! I know for myself and my clients that a season change can wreak havoc on skin! I’m personally feeling drier and my skin looks a little more dull. Hate that! Don’t you? Although I own almost every beauty product known to man, I still search for the next miracle! I think I definitely found a miracle! Meet Dr. Gregory Bays Brown! Creator and Founder of ReVive skincare.
As a Harvard and Emory University trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr Brown realized that he could achieve success surgically, but only to a point because even after surgery skin can look lack luster. Beginning by establishing a laboratory to conduct a 2 Million dollar study on healing severe wounds of burn victims, he discovered a bioengineered molecule called EGF[Epidermal Growth Factor]. His defining moment came when he discovered that EGF not only caused severe burn wounds to heal faster, but that EGF was the same molecule the regenerated aging skin! The rest is beauty history as they say!
Give these 2 products just 2 weeks and your skin will achieve a glow that is just short of a miracle! Really!
REVIVE MOISTURE RENEWAL CREAM– This rich cream exfoliates, retexturizes and improves skin clarity!
REVIVE SERUM PRESSE– Instant gratification! Instantly lifts skin making it more radiant!
So there really are miracles! Let me know how you love these and about your new GLOW!
I better get to the store. I just realized that Christmas is just about 56 days away! Time to shop!