National Macaron Day last week reminded me of one of my favorite Lancôme discoveries in the
last year. Perhaps you’ve seen them too since then? These cute little pastel cushion compacts look just like macarons, sweet enough to eat! They’re actually color correcting face primers, and since primers are becoming all the rage, I thought I would introduce you to my favorite ones and tell you what they’re all about.
At the end of winter especially, or anytime of year really, our skin tone is naturally uneven.
Primers play with the color wheel to even out skin tone by correcting and balancing different
areas of the face, usually with opposites. The result is an ultra even complexion boosting all the
effects of your regular foundation. But instead of leaving you to cover up unevenness, its more
So far, I prefer the Miracle CC Cushion Primer because like most cushion products, they’re lightweight,
dewy, and easy to apply. Primers go on after your regular skin care routine and before
the rest of your makeup, your foundation especially. Here’s how to use the different colors for
different effects, a bit of which I learned from Lisa Eldridge’s tutorial where she calls this the
macaron method…too cute!
Green — This is my go-to primer color. I have a very pink and fair skin tone, and while I
love that I tend to be especially pink and a bit blotchy in my cheeks. Redness can also
come from blemishes, which if you’re human you have struggled with too. The green is
great for toning down this redness and pinkness. I use it on my cheeks and any area of
I’ve had problem skin with breakouts that have left behind a trace.
Pink — This color of primer is universally great for all skin tones. If you’re skin is looking
tired or over worked, a pink primer will help to add some life back into it, giving an effect
of luminosity and healthy blood flow to the face, you know…the kind you get right after
some good exercise!
Purple — Purple is the perfect primer for very yellow and olive skin tones that are more
prone to what we call “sallow skin”, around the eyes especially. Sallow skin is skin that
appears a bit too yellow, and sometimes can look dull, unhealthy, or aged. You can use a
light layer all over to tone downs sallowness, or focus just on problem areas. You're skin
will look brighter and more balanced.
Yellow — This is another great color of primer I tend to use a lot. For those like me with
light hair, skin, and eyes, we usually have fair and cool complexions. I like to warm mine
up with a light layer of yellow primer. Fair skin can also expose those tiny red and purple
blood vessels around eyes or the corners of the nose, and this yellow will help balance
out those blues, making them less apparent. Yellow primer helps give an overall glow.
If that’s not enough reason to try a color correcting primer, they also make your foundation last
longer, and help to disguise fine lines and pores. Now that you know how to use them, you can
pick your perfect Color Correcting Primer…