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Just as you use primer to prepare a wood or metal surface for paint, you can also prepare your face for foundation with special primer. If you have tiny lines or wrinkles appearing around your eyes and mouth, primer can fill these areas, making your foundation adhere better to your skin. Even large pores can disappear under a layer of primer and foundation. Apply primer makeup to put your best face forward.
Wash your face with a cleanser that will remove superficial oil and dirt, while helping maintain moisture in sensitive facial skin. Pat your face dry gently with a towel.
Apply skin toner to areas of your face where you might have large pores. Skin toner can help constrict these pores and make them smaller. Let your face dry completely.
Dab moisturizer onto your face and work it in well with your fingertips. Wait to apply primer until your face is completely dry.
Moisten the makeup sponge and squeeze it tightly to remove as much moisture as possible.
Place a small dab of primer onto the back of your hand to warm it to body temperature. Dip the moistened sponge into the primer and apply the primer to your face with the sponge. Continue applying the primer with the sponge until you coat your entire face with an even layer.
Allow the primer to soak into your skin for approximately five minutes. Apply your foundation.
Pay special attention to the areas of your face where you notice that makeup tends to wear off quickly. These areas might include under your eyes and the smile lines between your nose and the corners of your mouth. Make sure you cover these areas with a generous layer of primer to make your makeup adhere well.