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Before you can begin to apply your color corrector, foundation, concealer, blush, and the list of face makeup goes on, you’ve got to work your way through your skin care routine. The last step in your skin care routine before reaching for your makeup bag? That’d be moisturizer! But which moisturizer should you use pre-makeup application? Below, the seven best moisturizers from L’Oréal Paris to layer under your makeup. We’ve got picks for oily skin, dry skin, extra dry skin, mature skin, dull skin, and sensitive skin coming right up. Plus, find tips for applying face makeup over moisturizer as well.
If you have oily skin, then you know that finding the right moisturizer for your skin type is key. Looking for one that has a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny finish) is a good idea. In normal and oily skin, external factors such as pollution, UV rays, and excessive cleansing can damage skin’s moisture barrier, causing loss of moisture and increase in oil production. As a result, your complexion can end up looking unbalanced and overly shiny. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration with a matte finish. (These are our best mattifying products for oily skin.)
Dry skin making your complexion look a little duller than you’d like? It’s all about using a moisturizer that helps keep your skin hydrated. Normal and dry skin faces external factors such as pollution and UV rays that can damage skin’s moisture barrier, increasing loss of moisture and causing it to become drier. As a result, skin surface loses the appearance of its glow, becoming dull-looking. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration and improve the look of skin’s radiance.
Real talk: Extra dry skin can feel quite uncomfortable. Extra dry skin has a very fragile moisture barrier that can be easily damaged by external factors such as pollution and UV rays. Skin consequently loses its ability to retain moisture, becoming easily dehydrated, feeling tight and uncomfortable. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration and provide comfort.
We’re all about acting our age—but when it comes to our skin, sometimes maturity has it downsides. As skin matures, dead skin cells can build up on the surface, causing your complexion to become dull in appearance. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer is an intense daily moisturizing cream enhanced with rosy pigments to help revive the look of skin’s rosy tone. The rich, non-greasy formula smooths gently over skin to nourish it with moisture. (Learn how to revive the look of dull skin here.)
It’s not just wrinkles that can make your skin look older—dull, uneven skin tone can, too. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 is formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 and is a hydrating moisturizer that can help make skin appear more radiant. Apply it before heading outside for the day—and remember to reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. Toss the bottle in your tote so that you can reapply on the go. However, keep in mind that this isn’t the only sun protection measure you should take. According to the Food and Drug Administration, in addition to applying and reapplying sunscreen, you should also limit your amount of time in the sun, seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Show your sensitive skin some love! The L’Oréal Paris Ideal Moisture™ Sensitive Skin Day Lotion SPF 25 is an oil-free lotion that can help provide long-lasting hydration and soothe sensitive skin. The skin-softening formula helps provide lightweight hydration while feeling clean and barely there.
Yes, you can use a facial oil as a moisturizer—and no, you don’t necessarily have to worry about your complexion looking greasy when you do so. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Facial Oil Light is formulated with a purifying blend of eight essential oils and has a weightless finish that leaves skin looking dewy and vibrant, not greasy. Before moving onto your makeup routine, apply 4-5 drops of the facial oil onto the palm of your hand. With your finger, dab the oil in small dots onto cleansed skin. Then, gently smooth and press in the oil on your face and neck, using the whole surface of your hands.
When it comes to layering makeup over moisturizer, it’s not just about picking out the right moisturizer for your skin type. There are a few other tips to keep in mind that can help you perfect your look for the day. Follow our advice below!
1. Start and end your day with a clean face. The first step in your morning and even skin care routines should be cleansing. Seriously, don’t skip out! Sleeping in your makeup is a definite skin care faux pas. That’s because when you snooze in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oils on the surface of your skin, which can lead to clogged pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. If you find that this is one skin care step you always seem to forget about, leave a no-rinse cleansing option—like micellar water—on your bedside table so that it’s there for easy access.
Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. Need a recommendation? The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin purifies and mattifies, the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes, and the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types intensely purifies. All you have to do is saturate a cotton pad with your micellar water of choice and wipe the pad across your face. Easy! (Read our guide to micellar water.)
You can also try using makeup removing towelettes, like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes, at night. This is another no-rinse cleansing option that can be super-convenient.
2. Prime your skin before applying foundation. Once you’re done with your moisturizer, don’t immediately move on to applying face makeup. Before digging into your makeup bag, apply a primer to help create an even canvas. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur is a non-greasy, non-comedogenic cream that can help create a perfectly smooth surface. After applying moisturizer, use it all over your face or squeeze a smaller amount for targeted application.
Another option: the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base. This makeup primer helps smooth the look of lines, pores, and imperfections. The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin with a matte finish. Apply it each morning on bare skin or after moisturizer has absorbed. Apply it dot by dot and blend in a gentle circular motion over the whole face or to targeted areas (such as under your eyes, your nose and cheeks, and your T-zone). You can wear it alone for a flawless matte finish or apply under foundation for smoother, more even application and wear.
3. Pick the right foundation for your skin type. You know how you chose your moisturizer—along with the rest of the products in your skin care routine—based on your skin type? You should give the same thought to your face makeup as well. If you have oily skin, for example, you may want to consider using a matte finish foundation and powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation and the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder. Meanwhile, if you have dry skin, radiant finish products, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Powder, could be a better bet. Regardless of your skin type, if you’re using a liquid foundation, bounce and blend it onto your skin with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender for a seamless finish.
Want more help locating the best moisturizer for you? Check out our article, How to Find the Right Moisturizer for Your Skin.