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Prep and Prime! How To Create A Flawless Face Base For Makeup

by Lareese Craig ,
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We're all guilty of skipping our face base for an extra five minutes in bed but if you put in the prime time your skin will seriously thank you for it. Prepping your pores for makeup application is a failsafe way to ensure you stay made up all day long. Forget touch ups and concealer corrections, here's how to give your foundation the ultimate staying power.

Priming your skin for your foundation could be the difference between airbrushed pores and makeup that slides, fades and melts away throughout the day. Eugh, we hate that.

Whether you suffer from blemishes or don't have time to touch up your base, a primer could be the answer to all your makeup troubles.

From lifting the skin for a taut wide-awake appearance to smoothing the surface or filling in creases, make time to prime.

Look for a product that suits your skin type. Shop around and if you're not sure, have a beauty consultation in store so they can tell you what skin type you are and point you in the right direction.

There's everything from thirst-quenching formulas to matte finishes and illuminating pearlescent particles to give your skin a natural radiance. Decisions, decisions...

As for what it does, the clue's in the name. A primer acts as an undercoat for your foundation, preparing and setting the skin for the next stage. The result? Silky smooth skin in a matter of minutes. That's worth getting out of bed early for.

Long lasting foundation and seamless skin? Remind us why haven't we been doing this again? Here's how it's done.

Are you guilty of skipping the prime and perfect stage? Tweet us @sofeminineUK

Check out the celebs putting their primer to the test

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With thanks to Zohra Hamzaoui at Guild London

Products used:

Arbonne Primer
Comfort Zone Serum
Body Shop Radiant Highlighter
Ellis Faas Foundation

Lareese Craig
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