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“Like painters, who need a perfectly smooth, even-colored, and flawless canvas, makeup artists require even-toned and smooth skin for an optimal and professional makeup result.”—Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER Founder and Creative Director

The Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer is a makeup primer that assists with balancing the skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear. With the exclusive Equalizer Technology featuring Acti Tensor 3D, Hyaluronic Acid, and Regeactive, which helps hydrate, firm, and smooth the skin to create the perfect makeup canvas. It is lightweight and creamy, leaving a more evenly-toned appearance, and increases foundation’s hold. This innovative primer preps the skin for makeup while addressing skin concerns—available in 10 formulas that target every texture and tone concern.

I pride myself in using the best matte base products around. I’d like to think of it like a time bound investment. LOL. With this heatwave in Manila going on, it’s a good time to test out the Step 1 Mattifying formula. It feels light-weight—a bit silicone-y. It contains oil-absorbing magnesium aluminum silicate which helps instantly mattify shine. I’m quite impressed with the setting time of this one. I’m used to giving my go-to primer a minute or two before I move on to foundation application. But with the Step 1 Mattifying primer, my skin is ready to for some base makeup the quick second I reach for my Artist oval brush.

What better foundation to test out the Step 1 Mattifying Primer than one of my holy grail long wear foundations, the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet +. With the sweltering, Manila summer heat, even the world’s most magically foundation would require a bit of blotting by mid-day. But with the Step 1 primer my flawless base lasts up to a very impressive 12 hours before I’d have to do some minor blotting.

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