What Kind of Primer Should I Use to Keep My Makeup from Creasing?

Apply primer to your skin to make foundation smooth and crease-proof.

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Keeping your foundation and eye shadow from creasing during hot weather or throughout your wedding can be a challenge. But you don’t have to panic or look unpolished. With the help of a few expert beauty tips, you can apply strategic dots of primer on your face to help your makeup stay put, look naturally flawless and remain crease-free.

Eye Shadow Primer

Need a long-wearing eye shadow for a photo shoot or fashion show? Prep the eye area with a primer to keep your matte and shimmery shadows in place from morning to evening. The primer prevents the shadow from creasing and allows vibrantly colored shadow to "pop." Also, keep moisturizer off lids to keep them crease-proof.

Foundation Primer

For all-day hold -- whether you use a cream, powder or liquid foundation -- smooth on a few dots of foundation primer. You not only create a crease-free canvas for your foundation, but the primer helps hold the makeup in place. After dotting your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead with foundation, blend with circular strokes using a cosmetic sponge. Voila! You now have fabulous and flawless skin.

How to Apply Primer

After moisturizing your face with a product made for your skin type, place four dots of foundation primer on your forehead, cheeks and chin. Then spread the foundation primer across your face. To prep lips for shadows, apply a pea-sized amount of primer to the upper eye area with your fingertips. Gently blend the primer from the inner to the outer corner of the eye. Wait a few minutes before applying eye shadow to your lids with a brush.

Primer Tips and Tools

To allow the makeup to seep into the folds of your skin evenly, use your fingertips to apply the foundation and eye shadow primer to your face and eyelids. Next, deposit the eye shadow on your lids with an angled eye shadow brush. If you use a concealer to hide dark circles or cover blemishes, apply the primer to your skin first, then smooth on the light-reflecting concealer with an eye shadow brush.

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