It might be an overstatement to say that priming your skin before applying makeup is the most important in your makeup routine. But we stand firm with our words for good reason: A good primer serves as a barrier between your skin and makeup, allowing for smooth makeup application and to ensure your skin stays hydrated from all the makeup you’re about to load on it.
If you’ve always pooh-poohed this step, you might want to think twice for the sake of your skin’s health. A makeup primer/base also keeps your makeup budge-proof all day long, and certain primers have got properties that are tailored for different skin types, whether a pore-reducing option for oily skin or a hydrating base for dry skin.
But here’s a pro tip: You can actually use sunscreen in place of a primer. “As SPF is a must-have in a daily skincare routine, you can opt to lather on your go-to sunscreen before applying makeup. It helps your makeup stay on really well,” says makeup artist Shiyo Joo.
Those who have normal skin types and prefer to omit primers and makeup bases, sunscreens (read: not SPF-infused cushions or moisturisers) can be a viable option to keep your makeup on. But if your skin type is dry, combination or oily, a primer or makeup base is your best bet. Below, we’ve got a few new primers and cult favourites that you can check out:
Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use illuminating Base, RM185
A makeup artist’s favourite, this multi-tasking base is composed of hazel extract to tackle large pores, silica and mica powders to mattify the complexion, liquorice extract to even out texture, and a moisturising complex to soothe and hydrate the skin. It works to colour correct dark circles and other areas of redness, illuminate the skin, and reduce the appearance of blemishes. Use it under your foundation or on its own for a naturally more radiant complexion.
Face and Body Primer, RM162
This universal primer is all about adding radiance to the skin—not shine. Offering 24-hour hydration and all-day oil control, it brightens and evens out the complexion. Use it with or without foundation.
Vanish Airbrush Primer, RM260
This brand new launch from Hourglass is all about creating a perfected base—formulated to smooth skin, reduce shine, and blur pores, you’ll be looking flawless all day long.PSST: It’s especially perfect for bridal looks!
Vitamin Enriched Face Base – Moisturiser and Primer, RM268
This moisturiser-primer hybrid is ideal for those with normal to dry skin, infused with skin caring ingredients like shea butter and vitamins B, C and E. It’s rich in texture without being greasy, and works to soften and condition the skin while smoothing it out.
PSST: If you’ve got particularly dry undereyes, there’s a matching eye base that may pique your interest!
SOS Primers, RM130 each
These nifty colour-correcting primers from Clarins have targeted functions for different skin concerns. Take your pick from Rose 01 (minimises signs of fatigue) for eye circles or dark spots; Peach 02 to blur imperfections (especially for blemishes and colour irregularities) or Green 04 to diminish redness.
The Liquid Silk Canvas Face Primer, RM250
Super lightweight, oil-free, and water-resistant, this silk powder-infused primer is the ideal complement to oily and combination skin types. The skincare-first formulation has also been enriched with botanicals that work to keep makeup and pollution out of your pores, preventing breakouts and premature ageing while improving your skin’s radiance over time.
Sérum De Beauté Fluide Matifiant Mattifying Primer, RM245
If you struggle with an oily T-zone, Gucci’s first mattifying primer is your new best friend. Infused with a sebum-regulating complex of moambe jaune tree extract, salicylic acid, and bamboo powder along with hydrating goodies like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, the primer glides onto your complexion to leave it looking perfected whether worn alone or under makeup.
Always An Optimist Illuminating Primer, RM128
Ever wonder how Selena Gomez gets her gorgeous, red-carpet-ready glow? Now you know—it’s thanks to her own pearl-infused hydrating primer. Weightless in texture and intensely hydrating, it’s perfect for dry skin types.
Glow Screen Sunscreen Primer, RM160
If you’re headed out and about and you’d like to double down on your sun protection while sporting a flawless base, this is the sunscreen-primer hybrid for you. This SPF 40 primer is infused with pearlescent mica to give the skin a luminous glow and has been formulated to grip onto your makeup all day long.
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