Our Favorite Moisturizers to Wear Under Makeup
We spend our hard-earned cash on foundations, powders, highlighters and blushes in an effort to achieve flawless-looking skin, but even the best makeup won’t look perfect without a good base. The real secret to getting makeup to go on smooth and look seamless is to properly moisturize your skin beforehand. A lightweight moisturizer can help refine skin’s texture, hydrate and even mattify, depending on the formula you choose. Here, we’re rounding up our favorite pre-makeup moisturizers from our parent company L’Oréal.
If you want to even out your skin tone, apply this face cream before foundation application. It contains a blend of jojoba, sunflower and mimosa flower waxes that help reduce the appearance of dark spots over time. Plus, the emollient moisturizer’s texture quickly melts into skin making it perfect for application pre-makeup.
This gel moisturizer is infused with the highest concentration of proprietary Vichy mineralizing thermal water of any product from the brand and contains unique dynamic hydration technology that helps lock in moisture. The ultra-light moisturizer feels refreshing and doesn’t leave behind a greasy or sticky residue.
If you need extra hydration before makeup application, apply this formula which contains 2% ceramides, 4% cholesterol and 2% fatty acids for the ultimate anti-aging benefits. It also transforms dry, dull skin and improves rough texture, radiance and the appearance of large pores.
You’ll become addicted to this moisturizer’s silky, lightweight finish. It’s perfect for all skin types and will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and ready for makeup.
This oil-free gel moisturizer delivers up to 72 hours of hydration with its water-like liquid formula. Infused with skin-loving ingredients like ceramides, glycerin and cactus flower extract, it helps smooth your complexion for easy makeup application.
Because oily skin and makeup don’t always play well together, applying a mattifying moisturizer before your foundation can make a major difference. In addition to providing your skin with hydration, Effaclar Mat — formulated with exfoliating lipo-hydroxy acid, absorbing powders and antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E — targets excess oil to help control excess sebum production and refine the appearance of large pores.
For a color-correcting finish, apply the Rosy Tone Age Perfect SPF 30 moisturizer by L’Oréal Paris. Not only does this have the ability to cancel out blue tones in your complexion, but it also contains sunscreen for protection against UV rays.
If you’re looking for a dewy look, this creamy rich moisturizer makes for the perfect radiance-boosting primer. It’s formulated with shea butter and aloe vera to nourish your skin and leave it looking smooth, glowing and soft.
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