How to Apply Makeup Primer Like a Pro

All professional makeup artists are unanimous about the statement that makeup primer is one of those beauty secrets that can make a big difference in the look and wear of your makeup. It preps your skin for makeup and creates a smooth base that makeup can adhere well to. If a foundation looks flawless on another face but unfortunately not on you, using a suitable makeup primer can make a big difference. Even if you are happy with the foundation you are currently using, a layer of cosmetics primer underneath can bring it to a whole new level.

The first step of incorporate a primer to your makeup routine is to find the right product for your skin.

“The complete guide to get the best makeup primer for you”

But even after finding a suitable primer, it might not give you the optimal effect if it is not applied properly.

Here goes your guide of it!

The primer is typically applied as the first step of makeup after all the skin care products have been applied.

Step 1

After though cleansing, you will need to use moisturizer. Putting any primer or makeup on top of dry or undernourished skin will never give the expected result. Choose a light moisturizer as heavy creams tend to make primer slide right off your skin. Be sure to let the moisturizer is massaged lightly and allowed to sit for a few minutes so that it can be absorbed into your skin.

Frequently asked question:

Do You Need a Moisturizer with a Primer?

Keep in mind that both the products have distinctly different purposes on the face. A good moisturizer will keep skin healthy by nourishing it with the necessary moisture and nutrients. A face primer, on the other hand, will serve to smoothen your skin, control sebum and help your foundation to last longer. Ideally, you should start your makeup regimen with a moisturizer and allow ample time for the moisturizer to be absorbed by skin before applying the facial primer.

Step 2

Apply the primer in small dots all over the face and neck leaving out the eye and the lip area. You don’t need to coat your face with this stuff. When you overload on primer, it piles under your foundation. A small drop (the size of a pea or a raisin) is plenty.



  • Don’t miss the neck area.
  • Most foundation primers not suited for the eyelids, but you can purchase a primer specifically designed for the eyelid. Eyeshadow is often the first makeup to fade during the day. A good eye makeup primer can help you get much more benefit out of all ranges of eye shadows in terms of longevity and color payoff.
  • Some primers (mist primers)are packaged in such a way that you spritz them directly onto your face from the bottle

Step 3

You can use your fingers or a brush or a damp sponge to blend the product. Many artists prefer using fingers as it warms up the product and it absorbed into the skin better.


  • Dab it gently onto your face, beginning under your eyes and around your nose.
  • Use soft patting and blending strokes to massage the primer into the skin till it is completely absorbed.
  • If you’re using a brush, moisten the brush with a few spritzes of a face mist like MAC Fix+ spray for smoother blending.
  • If you are using a sponge don’t miss to dampen it.

Step 4

Wait a few minutes for your primer to dry before applying foundation and concealer. With most primers specifically the brightening or the moisturizing ones, it takes around 8-10 minutes for the product to sink in. So wait for a few minutes before you apply your foundation.

If you don’t let your primer dry, it could pill up or just not last as long, which defeats the whole purpose of using it in the first place.

Step 5

Finish with powder. To set your makeup, follow this order: primer, liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer, translucent powder. Without a last dusting of powder, the water in your makeup and the silicones in most primers repel each other. If you touch your face, no matter how lightly, both will come right off.

A big word of caution:

When it comes to a face makeup, opposites definitely do not attract. If you use an oil-based foundation, you should always buy an oil-based facial primer. If you use a water-based primer with your oil-based foundation, it will not work. Reason? You will see that the two will behave like oil and water, they won’t mix or rather will repel each other. This is one of the main reasons why even state of art primers often don’t give you the desired result.

Does this sound tiring? Not really, once you are in practice, it will become a natural part of makeup. And a little bit of effort is always worthy when we are aiming flawless makeup!

Any point you might like to add? Please leave a comment!


6 thoughts on “How to Apply Makeup Primer Like a Pro

  1. Wow, I guess the idea of using a foundation and primer with the same chemical base makes complete sense, yet I never would have consciously made a leap like that. Thanks for the good info!

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