Whether you consider yourself to be a beauty guru or a novice, chances are good, you know how important it is to use primer and moisturizer consistently. If you’re hoping to sport a flawless complexion, both products are must-haves. However, you may not be sure whether you should use primer or moisturizer first in your beauty routine. While there is flexibility with when you apply certain products in your routine, this isn’t true for these two offerings. With them, you want to get it right. If you’re ready to learn the answer once and for all, you only need to keep reading. Follow along to learn whether or not you should use primer or moisturizer first.
IS PRIMER THE SAME AS MOISTURIZER?
Believe it or not, it’s commonly believed that primer and moisturizer are one and the same or that one can replace the other. However, both of these products have key differences and purposes for your skin. See, primer is a makeup product designed to give your makeup an even base for a smooth application and help it last longer. The best way to think of primer is as a barrier for your skin and your makeup products. Depending on the formula, it can add a mattifying effect or boost the skin with moisture to help your makeup look go the distance.
On the flip side, moisturizer is a skin care product that’s formulated to moisturize your skin. Like primers, moisturizers come in a myriad of formulas designed specifically for different skin types. Whether excess oil, dry skin, or a dull-looking complexion is your skin care concern, a moisturizer provides the right amount of nourishment and can address other issues in the process.
SHOULD YOU APPLY PRIMER OR MOISTURIZER FIRST?
Now it’s time to answer the age-old question—should you apply primer or moisturizer first? The truth is, you should always apply moisturizer before reaching for primer (seriously, always)! As we mentioned above, the purpose of a moisturizer is to lock your skin with long-lasting moisture to keep dryness at bay. If you apply primer first, you run the risk of sporting dry, lackluster skin. Since primers are not formulated to provide skin with moisture, it can take a toll on your makeup look if it’s not used correctly, which is the last thing you need.
An easy way to remember the right order is to separate your products into two separate routines. Moisturizer (or sunscreen) should always be the last step in your skin care routine. Primer should always be the first step in your makeup routine.
HOW TO PRIME AND MOISTURIZE
Now that you have a definitive answer on whether you should use primer or moisturizer first, it’s time to put your knowledge to use! Follow this step-by-step routine.
STEP #1: CLEANSE YOUR SKIN
Before you reach for your moisturizer, it’s important that your skin is nice and clean. After all, you don’t want to moisturize your face with dirt, oil, and impurities still on the surface of your skin. So, kick things off with a cleansing session. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, which is formulated with three-pure clays and charcoal to purify skin for a fresh and balanced feel.
To use, squeeze the facial cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face in circular motions, avoiding your delicate eye area. Then, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
STEP #2: TIME TO EXFOLIATE
Once your skin is cleansed, it’s time to add exfoliation into the mix. Exfoliation goes the distance to remove dead skin cells from the skin to give your face a healthy-looking and refreshed glow. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub to effectively remove dirt, oil, and impurities from the surface of the skin for a soft and supple finish. Smooth a small amount onto clean, dry skin, making sure to avoid your eye area. Massage the face scrub all over your skin gently, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry.
Editor’s note: Keep in mind, some people can benefit from everyday exfoliation while others can only handle it once a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine how often you should incorporate a face scrub into your own skin care routine.
STEP #3: BRING ON THE MOISTURE
Now it's time for the step you’ve been waiting for—applying moisturizer! You’ll want to make sure that you’re using a formula that suits your skin type. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin, all of which are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
STEP #4: PRIME, PRIME, PRIME
Next step? Applying makeup primer, of course! By now, you know that face primer is an absolute must to ensure your makeup applies smoothly and stays in place. Once your moisturizer absorbs, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer to create a glowing base for the rest of your makeup.
Prefer a matte complexion? Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer to help keep shine at bay. With your primer is in place, you can move forward with your makeup look!
WHAT IS MOISTURIZING PRIMER?
As we mentioned above, primers come in a wide array of formulas and offer many benefits. One of the most popular options is none other than a moisturizing primer. A step-up from traditional offerings, this beauty staple works to provide skin with an extra boost of hydration while preparing your face for your makeup application. Typically used by those with super dry skin that have issues with makeup drawing attention to their dry patches, this essential is a must-have. You can also choose from cream, liquid, or oil formulas depending on what best meets your needs. Keep in mind, however, moisturizing primer is not meant to replace your moisturizer. Think of it as additional moisture, not the only source of moisture your skin needs.