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How to Find the Perfect Primer for Your Skin Type

It's not as hard as it looks.
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Makeup is all fun and games until you realize that not every makeup that you see is meant for you. If you've been wondering why your makeup hasn't been at its A-game, maybe it's time to go back to the basics and find out the perfect primer for your skin type. After all, primers serve as not only a barrier for your skin from makeup, it also creates a smoother surface that will make your foundation look flawless and long lasting. Read on to find out what primer you should be using for your skin type.

Oily Skin

Try: The POREfessional: matte rescue gel P1700, Benefit Cosmetics

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If you have oily skin, chances are, your makeup doesn't last very long since it tends to break up towards the T-zone or your cheeks due to the excess oil that your skin produces. It's best to stick to mattifying primers that have a silicone-y texture to keep your oils at bay plus it will minimize the appearance of pores.

Dry Skin

Try: Hangover Primer P1888, Too Faced

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If you have dry or flakey skin, your common mistake would be to get a mattifying primer that is absolutely not for your skin type! This will dry out your skin even more causing your skin to have patches when you put foundation on. Try a more hydrating and dewy primer (that won't cause your skin to look oily) so that your makeup will go on much smoother without clinging on to dry patches.



Normal Skin

Try: Baby Skin Pore Smoother P 299, Maybelline

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If you have normal skin, it just means that your pores are not too big or not too small, just releasing the right amount of oil that won't make you look greasy. The only primer you need is one that will make your foundation apply better and make it last throughout the day. Give your skin a natural glow with the primer that you use.

Combination Skin

Try: Photo Finish Primer Water P1800, Smashbox

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Try: Illuminating Primer Makeup Base P699, Flormar

It could be rather tricky to deal with combination skin, since there are dry and oily parts of your face. Don't fret, Candy Girls, just use a water based primer so that it won't overly mattify or make your face look shiny. However, you can actually combine this with a silicone based primer just to treat your more oily areas. 

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What primer are you currently using? Will you make a swap?

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The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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