For as long as I can remember, I have always used some sort of base before applying foundation. In my teenage years, I only wore powder foundation, the kind that came in a compact, so prepping my skin with moisturizer was something that seemed to suffice at the time. Once I was introduced to primer in my early twenties, it quickly became an essential product in my makeup routine. In addition to now using targeted serums and moisturizers to prep my skin for the day, primer is the next step that follows. Just as primer ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, makeup primer acts as a base to ‘smooth out my canvas’ before ‘painting my face’. Not only does primer help to smooth out pores before the application of makeup, it also helps to prolong makeup wear. Imagine my delight a couple of weeks ago when a generous collection of the Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primers were kindly sent over for review.