So you know I love my oils. Facial oils are the mainstay of my skincare routine, and I’ve been using hair oils to keep my hair in good condition since I was knee high to a grasshopper. But using an oil as a makeup primer? Could this be step too far, even for me? Wouldn’t my makeup just look super shiny and slip off?
Well, this new launch from Smashbox puts paid to all my fears. The Photo Finish Primer Oil combines the very best in primers (I’ve alway loved Smashbox primers; in my opinion they’re the best on the market) and the all the benefits of a facial oil to give help your makeup result in flawless skin and a beautiful velvety, dewy youthful finish. Whenever I wear this, I get so many compliments on my skin and makeup and it looks beautiful in photos too.
I can’t help but thinking of it as skincare in hiding away in the makeup aisle, as it’s a blend of 15 oils, including Jojoba, Argon and Arabica. It’s super lightweight so it doesn’t leave your face looking shiny or greasy, just luminous, lustrous and hydrated. I’ve even used it over makeup to add a sheen to my cheekbones, and on my collarbone for that extra impact. It smells delicious too, fresh and slightly floral. You only need a couple of drops smoothed smoothed over the whole face so this 30ml bottle is going to last for ages.
I wore it recently on a girls’ night out, so it really had to perform and it absolutely did. It photographed beautifully too which you’ll have seen on my instagram pic (here) and up top. (If you fancy a video tutorial on the makeup look, leave me a comment below or on Twitter (@AmbarinaHasan) or on the Instagram post).
If you love makeup primers and facial oils like I do, I’d definitely recommend trying out this lovely marriage of the two.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil, £28, buy it here