The Primers and Setting Powders That Will Keep Your Makeup Locked in All Summer Long

Not a 💧 in sight.


The dog days of summer are upon us, and I don't know about you, but my face beat has been melt-y in all the wrong places. Thankfully, divine intervention came by way of Rita Ora's particularly flawless, shine-free face, which I noticed scrolling through Instagram last week.

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Makeup artist Michael Anthony had given her the glam treatment using the hashtag #BeatintheHeat and I thought 1) This is my new favorite hashtag and 2) I really need to know how he ensures his looks stay 💯 as the day wears on.

Here, find the primer and setting powder tricks Anthony has up his tattooed sleeve.

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Primer 101

"My favorite types of primer help with the appearance of large pores, oil build-up, and, of course, foundation longevity," explains Anthony. "Skin type is important when choosing a primer because different needs are addressed with different formulas and identifying a particular concern will help you choose a primer."

If you have redness or dry skin, he suggests a primer that has a creamy texture and subtle, hazy-milky texture that "blurs" the redness as opposed to a primer with a pearlescent or shimmer that accentuates it. He also suggests a mattifying primer for oily skin to control shine.

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To diffuse large pores and smooth rough texture, he opts for Clarins' Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. And if it's foundation longevity that's your biggest concern, serum-based primers are solid for a long-lasting effect and overall beautiful complexion in the heat. They also work great for combination skin.

For application, Anthony avoids stickiness with a less-is-more-product approach and by using his fingers to push the product into the skin.

"I also *love* mixing my foundations with a liquid primer to create a custom shade of BB cream out of your own foundation and primer," he says.

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1. Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch, $38;

2. By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Primer, $118;

3. Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Afterglow Primer & Luminizer, $16;

Setting Powder 101

"I love loose powder because it stabilizes your makeup without adding texture," says Anthony, adding that it works for *all* skin types because you're able to control how much product you're applying.

"Use a big, fluffy, and dense powder brush in circular motions, then sweeping motions to really blend the powder on," he says, adding that he loves an old school powder puff dabbed onto the T-zone.

1. MAC Blot Powder Loose, $26;

2. Clé de Peau Beauté Translucent Loose Powder, $105;

3. Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder, $35;

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