wear to apply foundation primer

A flawless face is the basis of every great makeup look, and while a great skincare regimen, foundation and concealer work wonders, makeup artists have another trick up their sleeves for stunning skin: primer.

Primer preps your skin for the perfect foundation application by filling in fine lines and smoothing pores, and it also keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. Consider it the key to making your skin makeup-ready. Here are our tips on how to apply primer like a pro.

Moisturize

Always apply moisturizer before priming, as it makes your primer application even. Wait a few minutes after your application before priming. Two of our favorite moisturizers are Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture.

Dab & Blend

Makeup artist Elle Leary gave us this tip for applying your primer: “When it comes to primers a little bit goes a long way. Start in the center of the face and work your way out- you want a light coverage, not heavy.” Beauty guru Tim Quinn recommends applying with your fingertips or a sponge (lately Tim has been loving the beautyblender sponge), and avoiding the eye area.

Wait

Once your primer is on, allow a few minutes for it to set before applying foundation. A few of our favorite primer picks are: Giorgio Armani Light Master Primer, Yves Saint Laurent Matt Touch Primer and Arbonne Makeup Primer.

Are you a primer lover or giving it a try for the first time? Fill us in below with a comment!

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