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Piling makeup on top of a face that hasn’t been properly prepped can be bad news. When you’re ready to get glam for a night on the town or freshen up your face before heading to work, you shouldn’t just make a beeline straight for your makeup bag. As with most things in life, you need to prepare first. If you skip out on your skin care routine before applying makeup, you could end up with uneven, patchy coverage that wears off way too soon. The good news is, prepping your skin for makeup application is actually pretty simple—all it takes is following these four simple steps.
The first step in your skin care routine should be cleansing, as this can help remove dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface of your skin. Pick a gentle cleanser, like a micellar water, which is powered by tiny micelle molecules in water that cluster together to surround and lift away impurities and makeup without rinsing or rubbing. L’Oréal Paris offers three micellar waters depending on your skin type and concerns. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. To use, all you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water match, then wipe the pad across your face until your skin is completely clean.
Your next move after cleansing should be following up with a toner. This can help remove any remaining impurities from the surface of your skin. Try saturating a cotton ball or pad with the L’Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner, which has a non-drying, alcohol-free formula that helps refresh and soften skin. (Read our guide to using toner.)
While your skin is still damp from cleansing and toning, it’s time to moisturize. No matter your skin type, moisturizing should be a non-negotiable part of prepping your skin for makeup. The trick to hydrating your skin isn’t to slick on any old cream or lotion—it’s important to pick a product that suits your skin’s needs. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care line features three moisturizers, each formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin envelops skin with moisture and improves the look of skin’s radiance, the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin reduces the appearance of excess shine and gives a matte finish, and the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin envelops skin with moisture and provides comfort.
This oft-overlooked part of prepping your skin should be the last phase of readying your face—and it’s possibly the most important. Primer can help create a smooth base for your makeup application as well as help extend the wear of your foundation, concealer, and more. Find your primer match from L’Oréal Paris below.
If your skin has uneven texture…try the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base. This silky formula glides onto skin, leaving it velvety-smooth to the touch. The result is a unified matte finish that looks flawless. The primer helps to smooth lines, hide pores, and banish imperfections.
If you have a rosy complexion…use the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Color Correcting Primers Anti-Redness Primer. This anti-redness primer has a green tint to help neutralize the appearance of redness. (Color theory, FTW!) Wear it alone or under makeup.
If you have dull skin…pick up the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Radiance Booster. This lightweight, brightening primer formula is infused with nourishing oils to offer long-lasting hydration and a radiant finish. Another luminous option is the L’Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer, which can help enlighten the look of your complexion. Wear the primer under (or mixed with) foundation for a soft light illusion or create a sculpted effect by highlighting specific spots on your face.