Charlize Theron flaunts her flawless complexion as a result of priming
It has become commonplace for many party-girls to fall into the trap of simply slapping on their foundation without a thought towards priming their skin beforehand.
However, this is one of the most important steps in make-up application, serving to smooth out the skin and provide a perfect canvas for painting on your face, not only with foundation, but eyeshadow, blusher and bronzer as well.
It is simply not enough to cleanse, tone and moisturise before applying your products – be sure to prep with a primer from now on and ensure your make-up does not flee further than your face all night long!
Many reputed make-up brands offer their own skin primer. MAC and The Body Shop both offer colourless primers which are absorbed easily and efficiently into the skin. Their composition of waxes, polymers and silicones smooths out problem areas and leaves them feeling silky soft.
Alternatively, tinted primers, such as that offered by Philosophy, can even-out discolouration and redness of the skin.
How to apply
After cleansing, toning and moisturising, use a five-pence-piece-sized amount of primer and apply evenly to the facial area, concentrating on the parts which exhibit scarring and/or lines. Let the primer sink in for five minutes, then continue to apply the contents of your make-up bag as normal.
Tell-tale tip: To ‘hold’ make-up in place that little bit more, dust a little pressed powder, in a matching colour, over your foundation with a powder brush. The dryness of the powder, coupled with the moisturising effect of the primer, can balance skin oil levels and guarantees the prevention of ‘slipping’.