Achieve Flawless Face with Laura Mercier

Friday, 13 June 2014

I remember the makeup brand Laura Mercier was already causing quite a sensation 3 years ago before it came to Singapore. A lot of women were trying to get their hands on one of their famed primers and foundations which claim to be the best worldwide because they provide coverage that is flawless yet natural looking.

Sometime in mid-May, I was invited to the Global Makeup Artist event held at Laura Mercier's Tangs counter with the renowned Alexandre Ciancio who flew in from Paris!

That's me with the celebrity makeup artist!

He gave us some tips and techniques to using Laura Mercier's products as well as imparted some professional makeup tips!

Laura Mercier the brand is known in the market for the flawless face that every woman wants. I cannot speak for all but I am a true convert and believer now after using their makeup products for a month! Of course, with such an extensive range of hues that suit women of all skin tones, you are bound to find something that matches your needs!

There are the 3 holy steps for the skincare routine that we should follow if we want a clear complexion. Similarly for makeup, there are 4 holy steps to achieve The Flawless Face:

1) Primer
2) Foundation
3) Concealer
4) Pressed powder

A lot of ladies do not deem the primer as being necessary hence some skip the primer because they do not know the functions of it whereas others skip simply because they are lazy to add an additional step.

*raises both hands up embarrassedly*

Guilty as charged.

Ever since I included the primer into my makeup regime, saw and felt the results, I am never lazy again. Having the primer on after my sunscreen allows my makeup to go on more smoothly, and my face actually remains matte throughout the day. Additionally, it makes my foundation look more natural and not mask-like!

Did you also know:

"Primer creates a protective barrier over the skin, as well as seals in and protects any treatment products used during your daily skincare regimen. So, primer actually seals in the stuff you layered on before it, ensuring all the benefits you layered on actually work." (link)

Most importantly, a primer keeps cosmetics from being absorbed into the skin.

Who else is Team Primer now? Hahaha.

Anyway, the generous team behind Laura Mercier sent me their whole range of foundation primers (6 different kinds!) which consists of

1) The Classic Foundation Primer
2) Oil-Free
3) Hydrating
4) Mineral
5) Radiance
6) Protect (with SPF 30 UVB/UVA/PA+++)

There is definitely a primer for your skin type. Personally, I love the classic foundation primer because this water-based gel is rich in vitamin, very lightweight, and keeps my face matte all day. I don't feel like I've applied anything at all!

Note: Appearance of skin improves over time with regular use due to the ingredients of Vitamins A, C and E, as well as good-for-your-skin botanicals.

The classic foundation primer on left and radiance primer on right

My second favourite is the Radiance primer which provides a healthy glow to the skin. The pearl tint creates a soft focus effect to minimize the look of imperfections which makes it perfect for special occasions where I get to look fresh, like I am glowing with radiance.

The different textures of the 6 different primers Laura Mercier carries.
Left to right:

1. The Classic foundation primer
2. Radiance
3. Hydrating
4. Oil-free
5. Mineral
6. Protect (with SPF 30 UVB/UVA/PA+++)

A little more about the other primers I haven't touched on:

For ladies with dry skin type, the Hydrating primer is of course perfect for you. It holds water in the skin throughout the day, preventing it from evaporating. Additionally, it also helps to hydrate, sooth and refresh the skin.

The Oil-free primer, I've tried, is literally oil-free and matte. This is a specialized product for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin types. It contains a unique, light-reflecting ingredient, which creates a "soft focus" appearance, causing fine lines and imperfections to seemingly smooth over, giving the skin a soft luminous glow with a semi-matte finish.

If you are looking for an ultra-silky, weightless finish that invisibly shields the skin, the Mineral primer is made for you. It enhances the performance of other mineral formulations and evens out skin texture for seamless application.

Lastly, if you would like the skip the sunscreen step, you can consider the Protect primer with SPF 30 UVB/UVA/PA+++. Of course, the texture is expected to feel a little heavier as it contains sun protection but it is perfect for those lazy days where you get to skip a step or when you're late for an appointment!

Here’s a test you can try it at home with your primer:

Step 1: Apply a Foundation Primer on one of your palms
Step 2: Apply Tinted Moisturizer over the Foundation Primer
Step 3: Apply Tinted Moisturizer only on the other palm without the Foundation Primer

You can see for yourself the difference a primer made. The foundation and colour are more evenly blended and closer to skin tone, skin looks smoother and flaws are not focused! So this is what Laura Mercier meant when she mentioned "soft focus" appearance - it's true!

The above are all part of my makeup regime at the moment, and of course the selected primer of the day (not pictured)!
Top (L-R): Smooth Finish Foundation Powder (shade 04), Loose Setting Powder (translucent)
Bottom (L-R): Secret Concealer (for under-eye), Secret Brightening Powder (for under-eye)

Bareface and ready to start achieving The Flawless Face! (no edit, no filter and please ignore the red marks on my neck - I scratched :x)

Looking a little pale here after applying the 4 steps of primer, foundation, concealer and pressed powder.

Slapped on some blusher and lipstick and I'm done! All in 10 minutes! I love that my makeup doesn't look heavy even though it might sound like I have piled on a lot.

This was taken after 6 hours of running around. No touch-up and my complexion was still looking matte! I only got home at 12.30am and only my nose was visibly shiny. Thumbs up from me for Laura Mercier's 4-step Flawless Face!!

If you would like to find the correct Foundation Primer that suits your skin type, head on down to any of the Laura Mercier counters (Robinsons Orchard, Takashimaya, TANGS Orchard) for a short consultation and receive a 5-day trial size Flawless Face sample when you mention "TIPPYTAPP". Limited to 50 customers per counter.

Also, if you share your consultation experience on Laura Mercier Facebook (, you will stand a chance to win a $400 Laura Mercier hamper!

Contest and redemption end 15 July so go on down today! :)

p/s: Laura Mercier is available at Robinsons Orchard, Takashimaya, TANGS Orchard and all Sephora stores.

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