Makeup primers are the most underrated product sitting (or not) in your beauty bag, but a recent collaboration between two celebrity skin-care experts will have you wondering why you haven't been using it with every single makeup application.
This week, celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder, who counts Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Alba and Amanda Seyfried as clients, and Dr. Barbara Sturm, the globe-trotting MD who treats Cher and Angela Basset (Sturm is also famous for her pricey product line, including the MC1 which incorporates a client's blood plasma into a face cream), are launching an antiaging primer that the two beauty specialists spent nearly two years creating together.
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"A makeup primer is an important step in ensuring that my client's skin and makeup looks flawless - on the red carpet or under the lights in a photo studio," says Blunder. "However, I found that the majority of primers on the market are formulated with silicone and other ingredients that can clog pores and cause reactions in the skin."
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After using Dr. Sturm's skin-care products for years and then meeting Sturm herself (the two were introduced by their husbands; Blunder's husband previously worked with Ben Stiller and Sturm's husband is Stiller's lawyer. He is also Johnny Depp's Brad Pitt's and Cher's lawyer), Blunder formed a beauty bond with Sturm, and the two embarked on creating a primer that they call a "hybrid of luxurious skincare and a high performance makeup primer."
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Rich in antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and pearl pigments, the product, called Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics Anti-Aging Primer, also contains Purslane, a signature ingredient found throughout the Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics range and said to be a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredient that protects skin against free radical damage and extends the life of the cells. Modified rice starch creates a matte finish while enhancing the Primer's ability to adhere to the skin.
Blunder also recommends dabbing the multitasking product on top of makeup as a highlighter on the high points of the cheeks and bridge of the nose, launches March 8 on Netaporter.com and goes for $85 for a 30 ml bottle.