Fine lines, pores, creases: These are all features of normal human skin (regardless of what Instagram filters might have you believe). But while skin texture is nothing to be ashamed of, it can sometimes make your makeup—foundation in particular—appear a bit uneven. Using a smoothing makeup primer, like The Marshmellow Primer, to prep your skin can help blur some of this texture and allow your base to apply more evenly. Ahead, we’ll introduce you to this NYX Professional Makeup favorite and teach you exactly how to apply primer for a super-smooth makeup application.
Meet Our Favorite Primer For Smooth Skin
First, we’ll answer a question that we get a lot, which is: “What is face primer for?” As the name suggests, what primer makeup does is help prime (or prep) your skin for makeup application. This is true of all face primers. Where formulas differ is in their other benefits: Some primers brighten, some mattify, and some, like The Marshmellow Primer, help smooth the skin’s texture.
Of course, that’s not all our primer, which is infused with smoothing marshmallow root extract, does. The 10-in-1 makeup primer smooths lines, blurs lines, minimizes texture, hydrates, provides a soft-focus finish, extends makeup wear for up to 16 hours, evens skin tone, softens skin, soothes, and keeps makeup fresh, making it a multi-tasking master. It’s our best makeup primer for smoothing the skin, and the vegan-formula primer is suitable for all skin types, from dry to oily.
How To Apply Primer: A Step-By-Step Guide
Knowing how to use primer properly is key to achieving a smooth, even makeup application. Applying too little may not give your skin the smooth finish you want, while using too much may cause your makeup to clump or pill. Balance is key. Here, learn three steps you should follow for a perfect primer application using The Marshmellow Primer.
Step 1: Cleanse and Moisturize Your Skin
To help ensure your skin is as smooth as possible before applying any makeup, you’ll want to wash and moisturize your face (don’t forget SPF if it’s daytime!). Use products that work with your specific skin type, and be sure to allow your moisturizer and sunscreen to absorb completely before starting on your makeup routine—your skin should be dry to the touch before you open your makeup bag.
Step 2: Apply Primer To The Center Of Your Face
Next, grab your primer and dispense a dime-sized amount onto your fingertips. Dab the primer onto the center of your face (think: the T-zone) and use your fingers or a beauty tool to blend the product outward. If you’re opting for a tool, try The Marshmellow Makeup Blender Sponge. The soft sponge is designed to pair with our Marshmellow Smoothing Makeup Primer and allows for an even, streak-free application with minimal product waste.
Pro Tip: If you’re wearing eye makeup, prime your lids with a targeted eye primer instead to boost longevity and color payoff
Step 3: Allow Primer To Dry Before Applying Foundation
As with your moisturizer, you want to make sure your makeup primer is dry before you apply your foundation and concealer. Give the skin-smoothing formula of The Marshmellow Primer a minute or two to set for makeup that will last through up to 16 hours of wear, then apply the foundation of your choice. If you need help picking the best foundation for your skin, check out our article Meet Your Match: How To Match Your Foundation and Find Your Formula.
Note that while primer is typically designed to be worn underneath foundation, The Marshmellow Primer can be worn both under makeup on its own—apply it to bare skin on no-makeup days for a soft-focus finish.
Do You Really Need Makeup Primer?
Priming your face is a small step that can make a huge difference in how your makeup looks and feels. As we explained, the right primer formula can help extend makeup wear and smooth your skin, allowing your makeup to apply more evenly. If you want your makeup to look its best and stay fresh-looking, consider making The Marshmellow Primer the first product you reach for when doing your makeup.