Any dedicated makeup guru knows that half the battle for a flawless finish is getting your skin care right beforehand. Making sure your skin is hydrated and plump will truly make your makeup not only easier to apply but last longer, as well. Ahead, find the best gel moisturizers that we love for makeup prep— and their bouncy consistency is only the beginning of their skin-rejuvenating appeal.
If you’re looking to opt for a drugstore gel moisturizer, the Garnier Moisture Rescue is simply calling your name. This is a super thick but ends up feeling very lightweight on the skin, and we love to throw it in our bag for moisture on the go.
We’ve already gushed about our love for this moisturizer, but of course we have to give the Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer by Glow Recipe another shout-out for excellent makeup prep. This glides onto the skin seamlessly and evens out the driest of textures, all while smelling like a Watermelon dream.
For a super luxe makeup plump, we love the Sisley Black Rose Cream. It’s fluffy and immediately makes your skin feel and appear more hydrated and silky. If you’re a fan of rose scents, this is going to become your daily go-to.
The Aesop B Triple C Balancing Gel is also another spot-on hydrating pick when it comes to making your makeup last all day. This antioxidant-rich treatment is perfect for oily to combination skin and leaves the smoothest surface for makeup to glide over.
Last but certainly not least, the Kiehl’s Gel Cream is one of our favorite gel moisturizers of all time — it’s excellent for extremely dry skin and it will help soothe any irritation you may have before applying makeup.
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