By Constance Barker

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.

Woman applying makeup
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Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Apply foundation or powder and the rest of your makeup.