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Whether you’re in a rush or just plain impatient, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that you can skip a few steps and jump right to applying makeup. Because who will know if you don’t cleanse and moisturize before putting on foundation, right? The thing is, there is some pre-makeup application prep work you should take to get the most out of your makeup application. Find out exactly what to do before applying makeup by reading our tutorial below.
First things first: Fresh skin is key when it comes to makeup application. So, head to the sink and pick up a cleanser to wash your face before you apply foundation or concealer. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser. Each of these cleansers is formulated to seamlessly transform from clay to mousse and remove everyday impurities without over-drying skin. Squeeze your cleanser of choice into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Gently massage your cleanser onto your face using circular motions, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Once you’re done cleansing, it’s time to reach for a moisturizer to help prep your skin. Look for a moisturizer that’s formulated for your skin type and smooth it over your face and neck. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Each of these three moisturizers acts like a boost of water for the skin, continually refreshing it with moisture.
If you always skip out on primer before getting to the rest of your makeup application, you may want to re-think things, as primer can actually be really useful. The L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base helps smooth lines, hide pores, and banish imperfections. The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin, leaving it feeling velvety smooth with a matte finish. Apply after moisturizer dot by dot and blend in a gentle circular motion over your entire face or to targeted areas—under your eyes to smooth over fine lines, your nose and cheeks to minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes, and your T-zone for a matte result. You can wear this primer alone for a flawless matte finish or under foundation for smoother, more even application and wear.
Planning to wear lipstick? Don’t just coat your lips in color then go. Applying lipstick—especially in bold colors or a matte finish—can draw attention to flakes or dryness. Before you paint your pout, use a lip scrub to help exfoliate dead skin cell buildup from the surface of your lips. Then, dab on a lip primer to help create a smooth canvas for your color application. Finally, line your lips with lip liner to help prevent your lipstick from feathering outside the lines.
You’re now ready to go forth and apply your makeup! Be sure to give our article, Your Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Makeup in the Right Order, a read to get your makeup application routine started on the right foot. And of course, it’s important to properly take off your makeup at the end of the day—that’s because snoozing in a full face of makeup can lead to clogged pores. To make things easier on yourself, reach for a no-rinse cleansing option, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types. Saturate a cotton pad with micellar water and wipe the pad across your face to cleanse your skin and remove your makeup.