Face makeup primer is a product applied to skin before applying makeup. The primer forms a base in which the makeup is built from and allows the makeup to stay intact and on the face longer than it might without the primer. The primer provides a smooth surface to apply makeup; most are fragrance free. Face primers work well for people with oily complexion as the primers control and absorb oil, according to the Beauty-Advices website. Face primers also control inflammation and redness of dry skin. Application of a face primer is an easy procedure.

Things You'll Need

Clean the face with your normal facial cleanser. Dry your face with a towel.

Apply a small amount of facial moisturizer to the face. Allow the moisturizer to absorb into the skin for two to three minutes.

Apply face primer to the face using a makeup sponge or your fingers. Apply to the entire face and to your eyelids. Allow the primer to penetrate the skin for two to three minutes.

Apply foundation or powder and the rest of your makeup.


  • Look for a face primer that fits your skin type, such as oily, combination or dry skin.

References and Resources

Beauty Advices