You can even wear primers on their own. By Dawn Chen
If you don’t already have a bottle or tube of primer sitting in your beauty bag, bad news: You’re really missing out. Primers act as a base for the rest of your makeup to go on, and they help to perfect your complexion by creating a smooth canvas for you to work with.
Primers can also be worn on their own. Even if you’re not putting on a full face of makeup, you can still reap the skin-perfecting effects of a primer. Primers are great for rocking the no-makeup look as well – apply a brightening primer to bare skin and you’ll score an instant glow. Or use a mattifying formula to keep oil in check.
Here are three ways primers can transform your complexion and make you look – and feel – pretty.
Smoothens your skin
Many makeup primers are formulated with light-diffusing technology and silicone-based polymers to smoothen your skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Filling in the micro-ridges and bumps in your skin also means that whatever makeup you put on afterwards will glide on more easily.
There’s a reason why primers are so colourful. Different hues can be used to combat skin issues. Neutralise redness with a green formula like the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Color Correcting Adjust ($72, Sephora), combat sallowness with a lilac shade like the Becca First Light Priming Filter ($58, Sephora) and add radiance with a yellow or apricot base like the Make Up For Ever Radiant Primer Yellow ($70, Sephora).
Photo: Urban Decay
Keep you flawless
In Singapore’s humid weather, a mattifying primer is a must-have if you’ve got greasy skin. Try the Urban Decay De-Slick Complexion Primer ($55) to keep oil under control. The shine-fighting formula will also help your makeup last a lot longer so that you can reduce the need for touch-ups. Using this on its own also means your skin will be matte throughout the day.