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How to Prepare Your Face for Makeup: 4 Steps for a Smooth Look

Follow these crucial steps to build a solid foundation for your makeup to sit on

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By Milly Mitchell
Lucia Gcingca
Edited by Lucia Gcingca

Published December 4, 2023.

A smiling woman putting some kind of moisturizer on her face

67% of beauty shoppers rely on influencers to discover new makeup products and gain insights. While brand quality can influence the final look, a solid skincare routine will lay a foundation for it.

Picture it like preparing the canvas for a wet-on-wet watercolor painting; without it, the colors wouldn't blend well. So, let's talk about how a pre makeup skin prep helps you create a polished look.

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Prepare Your Face for Makeup in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Determine Skin Type
  2. Use a Cleanser
  3. Moisturize
  4. Apply a Primer

1. Determine Skin Type


Do you have enlarged pores and frequent breakouts? Oily skin could be the main culprit, causing your T-zone across the forehead, nose, and chin to shine excessively.

Here are some products and ingredients that achieve the best results for oily skin: for the best results:

  • Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and salicylic acid
  • Cleanser: Gel-based
  • Moisturizer: Oil-free
  • Primer: Mattifying


Dry skin going through a winter period feels rough and tight. It can flake if you haven't moisturized it, causing itchiness and redness.

Use the following dry skin products and ingredients for the best results:

  • Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, shea butter, and aloe vera
  • Cleanser: Creamy
  • Primer: Moisturizing


Sensitive skin—often associated with dryness—is prone to redness and irritation, especially when exposed to new products. Choose fragrance-free and hypoallergenic makeup to avoid discomfort.

Tip: Avoid retinol, as it can be too harsh on your skin. Always check the ingredients before buying a product.


If you have combination skin, get hydrating, oil-free moisturizers for a balanced and radiant complexion. Look for a foundation with SPF for sun protection, so you don't have to buy a separate sunscreen.

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2. Use a Cleanser

A cleanser removes dirt, oil, and impurities from the skin, creating a clean base for makeup. It also prevents breakouts and clogged pores, especially if you have an oily T-zone. Start by wetting your face, applying the cleanser, rinsing thoroughly, and patting it dry before applying makeup.

Tip: Removing makeup and caring for your skin post-removal is as necessary as applying it.

3. Moisturize

Hydrate your skin with a moisturizer. Your face provides essential hydration to your skin. If you're in your 40s and beyond, focus on age-prevention creams to target wrinkles and fine lines.

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4. Apply a Primer

Prep your skin with a primer before applying a foundation for a seamless look. It'll also create a flawless complexion by filling your pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.

A primer is like the glue that makes your foundation look smooth. So, while your moisturizer works beneath, it's the primary base for the rest of your makeup products.

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Sailing Towards Flawless Beauty

You'll benefit from better long-term health if you consistently prep your skin before applying makeup.

A simple cleanse, tone, and moisturize routine with gentle, non-stripping products will do wonders. Think milky cleansers, alcohol-free toners, and lightweight, oil-free moisturizers. Remember to use SPF, even on cloudy days.

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