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How to Apply Foundation Primer

Updated on October 7, 2014

What is Foundation Primer?

Foundation Primer is a cosmetic item that is applied to the face and sometimes neck before applying concealer and/or foundation. Just a few of the benefits a foundation primer offers are that it can minimize pores, reduce the appearance of fine lines and other skin imperfections and best of all it can extend the life of your foundation and other makeup. You apply primer under foundation and it does exactly what the name suggest; it primes your skin for the foundation and other makeup products of your choice. Check out these Foundation Primer Reviews to find out which one will work best for you. Cosmetic brands from Smashbox Studios to E.L.F. all offer this product. There are even different formulations for dry, oily and combination skin as well as for different skin needs like pore minimizing, redness reducing and more. You'll find foundation primers in a wide range of consistency's and colors; so it can be a bit daunting when trying to find one that will work with your skin and makeup rather than against it. Once you find the perfect primer, you'll want to figure out how to best apply it

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Using Your Hands

Foundation primer can be applied directly to the skin with your fingers. Always be sure your hands are clean before touching the product or your face. Many makeup artists say that their hands are their favorite tools and that you can get the best coverage and have the best control when using your fingers. Using your hands or fingers also helps warm the product and allows it to better sink into your skins top layer. To use your fingers gently dip a finger into the jar or squeeze product onto your fingers if it comes in tube packaging. Being very gentle, use only your finger tips to spread the product over your face and neck. Be sure to wash your hands again after applying the primer. Never pull or drag on your skin with your fingers and try to work in upward motions.

Makeup Brushes

Makeup Brushes can also be used to apply primer and can be more hygienic if you use a daily brush cleaner. A wide range of brushes work great with primer and it's best to try out several styles and brands to find the one that gives you the best results. A few options are flat top kabuki brushes, traditional thin and flat foundation brushes and even concealer brushes can be used for more precision and control. For quality but affordable brushes look to brands such as Eyes Lips and Face cosmetics and for a little more of a splurge but a high quality and luxurious product try Sigma Brushes.

jar of makeup sponges
jar of makeup sponges | Source


If you are someone who doesn't like their makeup routine to take up too much time, sponges are essential for quick application. Traditional wedge style cosmetic sponges can be purchased at drugstores, and even dollar discount stores. Those who have allergies to latex should be sure to look for latex free options! The Beauty Blender is a well known brand of sponge that is used damp and is highly regarded by professionals as a must have makeup tool. If you just want to give sponges a try than save your money and go with a wedge cosmetic sponge. To thin out thicker primers, apply the product with a damp sponge. To really help fill in lines and pores, use the sponge dry and push the product into the skin rather than rub.

Why use a Makeup Primer

  • Foundation Primer creates a barrier between your skin and other products
  • Face Primer helps your makeup stay on longer and look better longer
  • Makeup Primer can help you keep your skin in excellent condition

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      Kay Mitchell 4 years ago from California

      In my opinion, yes foundation is necessary even if it is a very sheer light coverage. It evens skin tone and provides a base for blush, bronzer, etc. Thanks for reading :)

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      You make the makeup foundation seem necessary and easy to use. I use makeup only on special occasions. I need to read more of your articles.