The key to getting flawless makeup coverage is having the right tools.

Simply applying foundation all over your face can actually cause any wrinkles and imperfections to stand out more (or it could just look really caked on). There's an important step to consider before foundation: Primers. Here are our top product picks to give your skin a clearer and younger appearance.

1. Lay the foundation for foundation

Apply Nip + Fab Sheer Make-Up Fix ($19.95, Shoppers Drug Mart) to clean skin before applying any makeup. This clear gel helps to smooth out skin and soften wrinkles with hyaluronic acid. After applying, give it a minute or two to set before using foundation or other products.

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2. Minimize redness

Foundation can help to even out skin tone but can only do so much on red patches caused by acne, rosacea or other imperfections. Try Dermablend Professional's Smooth Indulgence Redness Concealer ($21, ebeauty.ca). Apply a small amount with a brush or fingertip directly on only the red area and blend until you're satisfied. Don't worry that it comes out green — it works to neutralize redness because red and green are opposite each other on the colour wheel. Apply foundation afterwards.

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3. Prep your peepers

Smashbox's tinted Photo Finish Lid Primer ($22, Sephora and select Shoppers Drug Marts) contains Phytomoist, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for essential moisturization and amino acids to help smooth out fine lines and create the perfect canvas for long lasting eye shadow. For those who are fans of the natural look, this primer will add a light nude base to eyelids to brighten them.

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4. Perfect your pout

It can be almost impossible to apply lipstick when the skin on your mouth is dry. Luckily Pop Beauty's Lip Magnet Primer ($16.50, ebeauty.ca) creates a plumped, even canvas before lipstick application and helps prevent colour from feathering past your lip line. Smile and open your mouth wide to tighten the skin on your lips when applying primer or colour to make sure any nooks and crannies are filled in.

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5. Cover it up

Any other imperfections, such as dark circles or scars, can be covered up using a concealer. Give Cargo's OneBase Concealer + Foundation In One ($24, ebeauty.ca) a try. It offers incredible coverage in one step but blends out nicely like a foundation so you don't end up with one patch of skin that looks oddly lighter than the rest. It's also useful for small touch ups on the go.

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