Do You Put on Sunblock Before the Makeup Primer?

Wearing sunblock is an essential part of skin care. Your face needs protection from UVA rays to avoid skin cancer and signs of aging such as wrinkles. To get your best results, apply skin care products and makeup in the correct order.

You need sunblock to protect your skin from the sun's rays. (Image: Alliance/iStock/Getty Images)

Order of Application

You can wear both sunblock and makeup primer as long as they are applied in the correct order. Wear any skincare product underneath your primer, advises makeup artist Joette Balsamo in "InStyle" magazine. After you've washed your face, apply the sunblock and let it dry before adding makeup primer. New York dermatologist Joshua Fox says in "Fitness" that pigments in makeup can weaken the strength of the sunblock. Applying primer after sunblock can act as a buffer for foundation, keeping intact the sun-care product's effectiveness.

Sunblock Protection

Wear sunblock throughout the year, whether rain or shine, and regardless of your skin type. For the best sun protection, choose a cream with an SPF of 15 or higher, and use it whenever you're outdoors. Don't forget your neck: Apply liberally there as well.

Skin Type and Sunblock

Skin type is a factor when deciding what sunscreen to use. Take the time to read labels and ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, try one without preservatives or dyes. Be sure it is also fragrance free. Acne-prone skin needs a cream that is noncomedogenic, so it won't cause an allergic reaction or breakouts. Normal, dry or combination skin types can use a lightweight sunblock provide hydration. Use an oil-free cream if you have oily skin.

Skin Type and Primer

A makeup primer is applied to the face to prep it for makeup application. This cream gives the appearance of a flawless complexion while helping the foundation to last and stay on longer. Oily skin types should use a primer that is oil free. Dry, normal and combination skin needs a product that says it provides hydration. If you have sensitive skin, apply a primer that is hypoallergenic to avoid irritation.

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