By now you know that when it comes to makeup, I like it natural, easy, and minimal. But of course I still want all of that flawless finish with minimal products and minimal time. Is it possible? YES! Lately, I’ve been using Laura Mercier products to achieve a smooth and even canvas to put on makeup. Especially for the summer, when it is hot and humid here in Southern California, these products have really lasted through sweat and heat without feeling heavy. For those of you who like a weightless finish with a subtle glow, read on to see which Laura Mercier products I love best.
/ Primer /
Primer is the starting point to achieving an even canvas to apply makeup. I know what you’re thinking – is this step really necessary and will it just add one more layer of “stuff” to my face? Yes it is necessary and yes, you need it! Primer allows makeup to glide onto the skin and last longer. It also helps to minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines, and imperfections and is the perfect base to start with. It’s almost as important as the foundation itself so trust me, use (primer).
Since I am so obsessive about sunblock and use moisturizer that includes sunblock and layer on additional sunblock, I also just added a primer with sunblock (Primer-Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30). This primer is perfect for the summer months when sun rays are most harsh. For a more dewy finish or for night outs, I will switch out the Primer-Protect with the Primer-Radiance.
/ Foundation /
I haven’t worn foundation in the past just because I don’t like that heavy feeling of most foundations. Laura Mercier has created a foundation formula that is 15 hours of wear that is weightless! I apply the Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation using a brush because I’ve noticed that using a brush applies WAY more evenly than a sponge or fingers. Using a brush also uses less foundation and can be used for fuller coverage.
There are 20 fully fused shades that are water, transfer, sweat and humidity resistant so all perfect for summer as well. For my skin tone, I’ve used both 3C1 Dune and 3N2 Honey. I truly love the weightless feel of the foundation and how even it makes my skin. There are tiny fine powders that also help diffuse light so the skin appears smooth and glows. This is great for oily skin and doesn’t get cakey throughout the day. I even wore it in Las Vegas this summer and it stayed put all day long!
/ Concealers /
We all have those dark spots, discoloration, or imperfections we want to erase. With Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage, I’ve been able to retouch my flaws with this two-shade compact that is customized to my skin tone. It is really creamy so use a brush (versus your fingers) and mix the two shades on the back of your hand until you find the shade that matches your skin tone. A little goes a long way so you don’t need much at all.
As a mom, I’ve also developed dark circles that need to be masked. For a heavy concealer, I opt for the Secret Concealer which comes in 12 shades for most skin tones. Just like the Secret Camouflage, a little goes a long way. What I love about this concealer is that it doesn’t fold into fine lines and creases under the eyes, it hydrates and covers as it should. The best way to apply this concealer is using the the 6.5” brush because the bristles are angled to a point for optimal coverage application. Note that this concealer is really creamy, so if creamy isn’t your thing,btest it out first or get a sample before you commit.
For a more soft finish which is more my everyday style, I go for the Candleglow Concealer & Highlighter. I love how this has the applicator included and the concealer is dispensed with a click of the pen. You can also use this on top of the Secret Concealer for added brightness. There have been some complaints that this gets cake around the eyes and that the product dries out after a few weeks, but I haven’t come across those issues in the two weeks I have been using this concealer.
/ Glow /
Once my face is fully prepared and the canvas is “ready,” I just add some glow using the Face Illuminator which comes in four shades. This highlighting powder draws light to your eyes, face, and décolletage. The shades themselves are beautiful, but the palette is just something else. What’s fabulous about this powder is that you can build upon the intensity. For a subtle shine use a finishing brush, but for a more intense illumination use a denser brush. For my skin, I prefer “Devotion” for that subtle highlighting glow.
Once you’ve gotten that glow, add a touch of sculpting with the Matte Radiance Baked Powder for the high points of your face (cheekbones, center of your nose, cupid’s bow, and forehead). DO NOT APPLY EVERYWHERE unless you want to look like you fake baked. =). This is just a subtle sheen to accentuate some angles on your face.
/ Set /
Now that your face is primed, even, concealed and glowing, it’s time to set it all in so it stays that way all day long. If there is any one product to get from Laura Mercier, it is the Translucent Setting Powder. It is literally the only way to set your face after you’ve put on your makeup. The silky, lightweight setting with a sheer coverage and matte finish leaves your face with a soft-focus finish. The key is in the Velour Puff that you apply the powder with. Press the powder puff into the loose powder, then work the powder into the puff by folding and rubbing the halves together or by tapping the powdered side vigorously on the back of your hand. Gently press the puff onto your skin, using a rolling motion to work the powder in.
Now you are all set! It seems like a lot, but it’s really just five products:
4. Highlighter/ Bronzer
5. Setting Powder
Let me know if you’ve tried any Laura Mercier products before and what are your favorites!
Top | Splendid similar style here
Shorts | Zara similar style here and here
Earrings | Bauble Bar similar here and here
Sunglasses | Gentle Monster x Song of Style similar style here
Hat | J. Crew similar style here
Shoes | TopShop similar style here
I just got these Laura Mercier products in the mail a few weeks ago and have been loving them! The highlighters are SO good..creamy and so pigmented! And I don’t wear liquid foundation a lot, but I tried these out and they really do stay put all day! Love all these flat lays of the products too babe..gorgeous <3
I would love to try more Laura Mercier products <3 I've only had the pleasure of using the concealer, and it was fab.
Your skin looks amazing. I use primer, but I haven’t tried the SPF primer by Laura Mercier. I usually apply SPF before make up so I have to try this. I wish I could get away without make up like I could 2 years ago. With adult acne, I absolutely could use this weightless one, especially with how hot, humid and sweaty it is in Florida. Thanks so much for sharing! Love your photos and outfit. You look beautiful babe.
I love the Laura mercier brand so much! I always use their tinted moisturizer and their setting powder is amazing. I need to try their foundation and concealer because it seems like those really give the Dewey look and I’m all about that glow for the summer!
I knew those shorts were from Zara before I even scrolled. I tried them on and they just did not fit me right! In other news, maybe primer is why my makeup sweats off and why it transfers so easily. I’m one of those people who think it’s an unnecessary step, but you have convinced me that it’s not! I need all colors of that Face Illuminator. The packaging is so adorable!
That foundation looks amazing and it definitely makes you flawless 😉
Beautiful make up. Especially when you talk about primers I know is very practic basic for he good make up but I never use this , maybe because I have a good skin. The glows and highlighters: girls you killed me, softly hehe … are awesome and I’m obsessed. I can’t imagine my makeup without . Your outfit is stylish. Good taste.
I love me some LAURA MERCIER, I have all these products but my favorite is the foundations, the glow is real.
I love Laura Mercier products! You look adorable and that outfit is just stunning!
Have an awesome day!
I can’t believe this foundation lasted in Vegas too! Haha I know how hot it can get in the summer! Loving the way your makeup looks, love! Super pretty! And the shorts that you’re wearing are so cute too!
They look like great products.I am however more distracted by your white shorts.So so beautiful.You just look so amazing.Great outfit there.
Great post, thanks for sharing! These look like amazing products 🙂
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I need some Laura Mercier products. I have been experimenting on so many products but have not tried Laura Mercier. Will definitely check out. Love the different colors. Your shorts are great too.
Love the outfit and these Laura Mercier products. Her products are so great for flawless yet natural makeup looks – which you embody perfectly! I love your flat lays as well, you should do a tutorial!!
Wow thanks for sharing this! Love Laura Mercier Makeup. The products definitely leave a flawless finish. I’m also loving your outfit here!
Thanks for sharing the concealer and the concealer tip! I hate when my concealer creases because that’s not what we pay for it! Primer is definitely a must have and Laura merciers one look a gem!
I love Laura Marcier products! They are amazing. I also love your outfit especially those those white shorts. Thanks for sharing babe!
Have a great weekend. Xx
I agree, I think Laura Mercier products are great for people who want to achieve that minimal, barely-there look. I love the primers and tinted moisturizers! I’v been eyeing the bronzers recently, I’d love to try those too.
Gotta say, you have amazing flat lay game, love! I have always been fascinated by Laura Mercier foundation. Sadly, my college budget doesn’t allow me to get these babies right now but they are in my list! 🙂
I have been using Laura Mercier primer since forever! It is such a great base and I love the new Radiance primer. I am like you when it comes to makeup applications, natural, minimal and a nice healthy glow. All of the highlights sounded so good and I’m sure they have something to do with your dewy skin, must invest in one of them asap! All of the product shots looked so beautiful! I’m obsessed with these flatlays.
I have been very curious to check their products, but was scared. Where I live now, it is super hot over 100F. I try to not wear any foundation, because it melts and all my pretty clothes get dirty very quickly. Thank you for deep review, now I am feeling confident to try it out, because I know how you feel bout having a light make-up in this hot weather. Love this white shorts on you!
Loved the shorts! <3
Great article, thanks for sharing!
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I’m really interested about these products. May have to check them out soon. Also, what an edgy outfit you’re rocking!
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I’ve heard so many great things about Laura Mercier! If only they are not too expensive I’d be ordering them right away!
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I’m a HUGE fan of Laura Mercier! Her powders are amazing and don’t settle in to fine lines and her Secret Concealer in SC2 has been my secret weapon for years now! I’ve tried a bunch of her products but those are my must-haves for sure! Oh, and love your sunnies BTW!
You look gorgeous! Those shorts are so cute! Laura Mercier is such a great brand, too!
I’m always on the lookout for new primers, foundations and what not as I want to escape looking like a zombie at times and get a naturally fresh look and well, when doing a photo shoot, applying tons of it. I haven’t tried Laura Mercier out yet, but thanks to you, I will. Thank you also for the heads up about not applying the baked powder everywhere as that’s probably what I’d done, haha.
I’ve been a big fan of Laura Mercier. Seriously, when it comes to foundations and blush colours, that is the only brand I use now. I use to use Armani products, that was before I have discovered Laura Mercier. Their products really make your skin look flawless and after I remove the make ups, my skin doesn’t look dry. They are truly amazing. I love their high-lighters too. It makes your glow look so natural!!
Thank you for such an excellent review of the Laura Mercier brand. I always thought that to use Primer was really no worthy. And after reading your review definitely, would love to get not only the Primer but also the rest of the beauty products. I’m a big fan of minimal makeup and natural glow, too. I really love the radiance of your face when wearing this makeup. It does look soothing and beautiful. I will bookmark this post for when I purchase these products I will follow these steps.
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Love the make up products of Laura Mercier! And those shorts are really cute!! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com
Love your natural looks. Helpful post
You look so fresh natural and beautiful as always so of course I want to know your beauty secrets!
Laura mercier is quite popular with makeup artists especially the secret camouflage,I’ve been been using it for quite a few years and yes Ive used the primer and I totally agree it’s a very important step in the makeup routine and makes a big difference to the final look and how long it will stay looking fresh.
I think minimal natural makeup is the way to go for sure,and these products do that it’s like you but better which I think is what we are all after.Thanks for sharing all these important tips.Still obsessed with these white paper bag shorts that I saw on your Instagram you look amazing in them.
Such a cute look Christine!! I really don’t know how to do my make up but the things I use are a few that are very easy to apply to give me a natural look. To be honest I’ve never heard about this brand before, not sure if they sell it in Latin America but would love to give a try. I love trying new brands specially if they will give a fresh look like yours
I love her products!! My fav is her translucent powder and tinted moisturizer!
I have heard of Laura Mercier’s makeup products for the longest time now but actually have not gotten my hands on any of her items! Back in my modeling days I know some of my make-up artists would use her foundation and maybe setting powder on me but I never really noticed the difference since I was on set (rather than applying my own make-up). I love trying new make-up though so the next time I’m in need of something new I’ll definitely look into LM. Your make-up always looks flawless, and slightly off topic but I love your outfit here! Those shorts are to die for! Have a wonderful week Christine xo, sharon
I love Laura Mercier!! So pretty! <3
Love Laura Mercier products. Your flatlays are so gorgeous!
You look absolutely flawless babe and I adore your outfit. I have honestly never tried Laura Mercier products, but your post makes me want to go on a spree! The primer with SPF sounds fantastic- I honestly agree that primer is such a must and it often doesn’t glide on as easily if you have thick sunscreen underneath. The matte radiance baking powder looks like the prettiest product and the pots look like yummy chocolates that could be good enough to eat.
I am a long time fan of Laura Mercier!! I remember trying it years ago when I had younger, oily skin and still use it now that my skin has changed dramatically! Such great versatile products. I must add though – you look flawless!! I must check out Zara for some shorts like yours. J. x
Laura Mercier products are always on point. To be honest, this is actually one of my favourite brands. The foundation and the baked powder are the most popular products and the best I think. However, I need to try the setting powder, haven’t had a chance to play with it yet. You wrote such an amazing review! Love it!
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I love Laura Mercier’s products, especially their Secret Camouflage. It is uhmazing and covers any breakouts I have so flawlessly!! I haven’t had any issues with it drying out or caking up either and I’ve had it for a while. Your makeup looks beautiful! I haven’t tried their foundation yet but you’ve definitely convinced me to give it a try.
Totally agree with you, hun. It is impossible to wear heavy makeup during the summer, so i prefer light version too. Laura Mercier is such a great brand, I have their translucent powder and I love it!
I am also highlighter maniac and these Face Illuminator highlighters look way too cool! And the packaging is amazing. Definitely need to try them! Thank you for the review.
Never Tried Laura Mercier but definitely will:)
Love the Packaging of the Products and Looks top quality:)
Your Detailed Review shows well everything about these Products:)
Ps: Love the White Zara Short:) So Sweet:)
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Looking gorgeous, babe! And Laura Mercier never disappoints!
Laura Mercier is such an amazing brand. I love their foundation
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The new Flawless Fusion foundation is seriously amazing, I have it but unfortunately it is a little bit too fair on my summer tanned skin. Other than that I think it is my favorite foundation of this summer. And I only use the Laura Mercier Translucent powder to set all my makeup. It works the best with the Laura Mercier puff and the technique that they suggest for sure!
I used to live off her tinted moisturizer. I love her products and it’s actually been a hot minute since I have had her full line. You’ve inspired me to try out the line again. Especially love how natural it made my skin look. She really does make the best products.
Ah been meaning to check out Laura mercier products! Love how informative you’ve beeen here.. will defo be checking out the concelear when I’m stocking up next! Thanks for this!
I love nude make-up too. I know that it’s not so easy to to achieve an even canvas to apply makeup, especially when you have some imperfections on skin. Laura Mercier products, especially primer, is what I literally need. I haven’t tried them yet, but after reading your post I definitely will.
Laura Mercier is one of the least researched brands by me! I don’t event know why – I seem to have the entire Sephora store in my beauty room but all I own my LM is a setting powder (which is amazing!!!) I definitely need to learn more about this amazing brand!
By the way, primer with spf is such a great idea! Especially for girls who often forget to wear sunscreen!
Great post Christine!! I have been wanting to get some Laura Mercier products for a while especially the Translucent Setting Powder and the Foundation.
Thanks for the tips babe!
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