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How to Prep Your Face Before Applying Makeup

Get a perfect makeup application every time with these must-do skin and makeup prep steps.

Your makeup routine should start with excellent skin prep. Before reaching for eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick, you need to know how to make the perfect base for makeup. No matter what your makeup look of the day—glam, au naturel or classic—good skin is always a necessity, but most of us need a little help in the morning to feel our very best. These steps include skincare essentials like L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Coffee Scrub for Rough Skin and L’Oréal Revitalift CicaCream are simple but integral, especially if you want the results of your makeup routine to be flawless.

Make sure to cleanse, moisturize, prime and illuminate before you even think about applying foundation or any other makeup.

Should you always prepare your skin before applying makeup? YES!

  • It will help your makeup look and perform its best.
  • It will help your makeup last longer.
  • It will help enforce your skin barrier.

Here’s how to ace your skin prep before applying makeup.

Cleansing is the first step in any skincare routine, so you’d better believe it’s important. Making sure you’ve got a clear and debris-free canvas to work with will make your makeup routine that much easier. Opting for a gentle scrub and mask over harsh cleansers is great when you’re thinking about applying makeup—it’s a quick and easy way to clean without stripping the skin of moisture. Thanks to a scrub’s unique formula, it lifts dirt and dead skin cells without damaging the skin while a clay mask will sop up any excess dirt and oil that’s sitting the surface of the skin.

Try: L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Coffee Scrub for Rough Skin for a cleansed, toned and clear complexion that is fresh and ready for the next step in your skincare routine. Follow up with L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Yuzu Lemon Mask for Skin with Imperfections for an additional deep cleaning step to get smooth, perfectly prepped skin.

  • Purifies the skin
  • Exfoliates for a smooth, radiant canvas
  • Hydrates and moisturizes
  • Removes dirt and lifts grime

Get glowing skin by moisturizing

Dry skin is definitely not a good look when you’re applying makeup—a smooth and hydrated surface is always going to look best no matter what makeup look you’re into. Getting rid of dry spots and flakes is a problem solved with the right moisturizer. You’ll want to pick a moisturizer that offers not only hydration but also calming effects. Look for ingredients like tiger grass (also known as centella asiatica), which is hydrating and anti-aging. Calming the skin—as well as moisturizing it—is important so that anything you apply next, makeup included, won’t irritate your skin further.

Try: L’Oréal Revitalift CicaCream, a soothing and incredibly nourishing moisturizer that calms and protects your skin’s important barrier.

  • Repairs the skin barrier
  • Hydrates your complexion
  • Combats wrinkles

Primer makeup needs, of course, primer

You can’t know how to make [a] perfect base for makeup without including primer. It’s a product that helps to mattify the skin, makes foundation last longer and helps to manage oil and sebum. Your makeup routine can’t start until you’ve applied primer, which is why finding the right one is so important. Look for one that smooths and blurs and you’ll have the perfect base for applying makeup. Those with oily skin should look for a mattifying primer that will help absorb excess oil and eliminate shine—which will allow you to have complete control over how matte or glowing you want your complexion to be. Looking to up the ante on glow? Look for a primer that’s illuminating.

Try L’Oréal Paris Infallible Matte-Lock Primer to perfect your skin before applying colour cosmetics, like foundation.

  • Minimizes pores
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Mattifies the skin

Glowing skin is very in

How to make your skin glow? It takes more than just strategically placed highlighter. Make sure you also apply a highlighting or iridescent lotion; it will give a subtle glow to your whole face—that lit-from-within, youthful glow that we’re all coveting. No matter what you apply on top—foundation, blush, bronzer—your skin will still be dewy, which is a look that is always going to be popular: Hydrated, glowy skin is youthful skin.

Try: L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion

Thanks to a subtle tint and lots of illumination, you’ll be glowing in the best possible way.

  • Hydrates skin
  • Adds luminosity
  • Offers a tinted glow

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