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Lipstick League: Are You a Face Primer Fan? What are Your Favourites?

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face primer a must for the holiday season after-five parties_photo Frederic Farre

This week's beauty query from the Lipstick League is about primer. Do you use face primer? If yes, what are your favourites? I'd especially like to hear about silicone-free options. I've met a few over the years; have you tried any you can't do without?

face primer: now's the time

I almost never wear face primer, but if there's a time to do so, it's holiday-party season. When we have after-5pm events to attend, face primer can minimize the repairs we might have to make to the foundation we've been wearing all day, right?

I'm not a fan of silicone-y primers (similar to the crop of "blur" products out on the market now). I prefer lotion-style formulas that feel lighter on the skin. One that I like is Smashbox Photofinish Hydrating Primer ($50 at and $42 at -- anything that hydrates is a friend to my skin (and probably yours too). Just after it launched, Smashbox pro artist Lori Taylor told me she wore it as part of her skincare routine.

Face primer_Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer

Smashbox makes the first primer I really liked, actually; the most recent launch is Smashbox Photofinish Oil Free Pore Minimizing Primer ($50 at and $39 at, which promises to mattify and defy humidity for eight hours. Has anyone tried it?

this week from the lipstick league:

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Gouldylox Reviews - Makeup Wars Monday was all about the palette, but what is really amazing are these brushes.

Love for Lacquer - Looking for a unique gift idea this year? Check out Jess’ DIY Mason Jar Gift Sets For Beauty Lovers!

My Beauty Bunny - Take a quick minute to check out my favorite recent Nail of the Day, Chrome Girl "How Merlot Can you Go" is a gorgeous vampy wine that is just perfect for fall.

My Newest Addiction - Laura takes a trip down memory lane in her skincare routine. See what she's using and learn about a fabulous NYC Holiday Getaway Sweepstakes.

Nouveau Cheap - Holiday Beauty Gift Set Season is here and when it comes to affordable options, I’m not sure anyone can top Hard Candy’s selection this year. Feast your eyes upon their whopping 24 gift sets for Holiday 2014.

Prime Beauty - Prime Beauty has gambling fever and hit the jackpot with Buxom Holiday sets!

Phyrra - Want to know the best things to pick up during the Sephora VIB Sale? Phyrra recommends beauty staples, big ticket items, eyeshadow palettes and beauty sets!

we heart this - Built in antimicrobial protection and two brushes? We have a new favorite cleansing system - and want you to have it too! Enter here for a chance to win a Michael Todd Soniclear Cleansing Brush.

Beautygeeks (that's us!) - We love that you don’t need to spend big bucks for great nail stuff. But holiday-shopping season is here, and if there’s any pricey polish worth giving (or getting!), our manigeek’s drool-worthy swatches say Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer qualifies.

Beauty Junkies Unite - See why Laura Geller's French Vanilla Baked Highlighter became nearly instant Holy Grail status for me!

EauMG - Remember that time I tried a cheapie perfume inspired by a Fox TV series and it smelled amazing?! Well, I’ve tried another one from this brand. Is 24 Platinum also an unexpected pleasant surprise?

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)