Did you know that the cast of Euphoria went entirely powder-free? That’s right, not once in the second season of the hit HBO series did head makeup artist, Donielle Davy, use powder to blur the cast’s pores or to remove excess shine.
In an Allure feature, it was revealed that due to the darker and grittier nature of the latest season, expressing that thematic shift through aesthetics was paramount. The series’ director, Sam Levinson, even made an ‘anti-foundation rule’ for the actors of the show!
As you can see, the show’s beauty really is in the details. From the fashion down to their rhinestone placements, Euphoria has given the internet viral trend after viral trend—so it’s no surprise that there is yet another Euphoria-originated product taking over social media. So what is the ‘secret weapon’ Davy used in lieu of powder? The Indeed Labs Nanoblur Instant Skin-Blurring Primer.
Nanoblur Instant Skin-Blurring Cream, $19.99 (approx. P1034), INDEED LABS, indeedlabs.com
Formulated with light-diffusing and optical-blurring technology, Nanoblur minimizes enlarged pores, fine lines, and reduces excess shine—leaving your skin with the ultimate camera-ready, matte but not flat finish. Not to mention, this primer can be used under makeup or on its own. Talk about versatility, right?
While shooting Euphoria, the makeup team used Nanoblur in several different ways depending on the character—for Maddy (Alexa Demie), it was used over her foundation to create the smoothest base for her iconic graphic liner looks; for Cassie (Sydney Sweeney), her base was created by combining the primer and moisturizer; and for Rue (Zendaya), you’ll find that the only product used for her skin was nanoblur. Talk about versatility, right?
This primer sounds like the must-have product for the summer, but while we’d love to get our hands on nanoblur, it isn’t available in the Philippines just yet. But don’t sweat, because we’re letting you in on a list of summer-perfect primers you can get your hands on ASAP!
5 Lightweight Blurring and Mattifying Primers for Summer
1. Benefit POREfessional Lite Primer
The newest member of the Benefit POREfessional line, this lite version of the cult-classic primer offers up-to 12 hours of blurred pores without the heaviness. With it’s 73% water-based gel formula, using a primer has never been so weightless. Perfect for our Philippine summers!
POREfessonal Lite Primer, P860 (7.5ml) P2120 (22ml, full size), BENEFIT, Lazada
2. Shiseido Synchro Skin Soft Blurring Primer
Like Nanoblur, this Shiseido primer is made with light-diffusion technology that helps further minimize the appearance of enlarged pores while also subtly color-correcting your skin tone. In addition, the cream-to-powder formula includes mattifying peptides and sebum catch powder to keep your skin fresh all day long.
Synchro Skin Soft Blurring Primer, P2320, SHISEIDO, Zalora
3. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer Shine Control
With a name that explicitly says what it’s for, this Make Up For Ever primer leaves no room for doubt. Providing over 20 hours of shine control with a velvety-matte finish, this product seems like a no-brainer for keeping a soft, smooth base during the hot summer.
Step 1 Primer Shine Control, P2300, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Lazada
4. Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer
An oldie, but a goodie. Through the years, this Maybelline primer has proven itself to be a drugstore classic. It’s a sure-fire way to beat the oil and shine this summer without having to break the bank.
Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, P329, MAYBELLINE, Lazada
5. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Mattifying Primer
When it comes to a camera-ready finish, Fenty Beauty doesn't play around. Made with a blend of blue agave extract and mattifying powders, this formulation gives your skin a filter-like finish with the freedom of being shine-free!
Pro Filt’r Mattifying Primer, P1150, FENTY BEAUTY, Sephora
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