The Best Primers for Every Skin Concern

by Smita DeSouza
LIFESTYLE  |  July 24, 2019
  • Plus, they’ll help your makeup last all day.
    1 / 6 Plus, they’ll help your makeup last all day.

    Fact: When you live in a hot and humid climate like Singapore, you’re going to need a little help to make your makeup last longer. Enter, a makeup primer. We know that it may sound like an additional, unnecessary step in your makeup routine, but think of your makeup primer as the sticky tape that keeps your makeup in place no matter how long, or hot, the day was.

    But because we want to recommend the best products to you, we’re always on the lookout for a makeup primer that can do more than just hold makeup in place. We’ve found makeup primers that not only help your makeup last longer, they also help deal with concerns like dullness, dehydration and enlarged pores. Scroll through to find one that might work for you.

    A version of this story first appeared on www.cleo.com.sg.

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  • For dehydrated skin: Tarte Base Tape Hydrating Primer, $39
    2 / 6 For dehydrated skin: Tarte Base Tape Hydrating Primer, $39

    (Also read: Best Eye Masks to Perk Up Tired Eyes)

    Keep makeup in place all day and give dehydrated skin the TLC it needs with this makeup primer. You only need a light layer, which is packed with coconut and botanicals to nourish skin and create a smooth canvas. Grapeseed and jojoba extracts infuse moisture into the skin and keep it hydrated for up to 12 hours so your foundation can glide on smoothly without clinging on to any dry patches. Plus, the delicious coconut scent will make you feel like you’re always on a beach vacation no matter where your desk is.

    Available at Sephora

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  • For dull skin: Beauty Blender Opal Essence, $52
    3 / 6 For dull skin: Beauty Blender Opal Essence, $52

    Give dull, tired skin a shot of radiance with this glow-boosting primer that combines botanical extracts and fermented roots to brighten skin and while simultaneously keeping it hydrated. This means your foundation is less likely to settle into fine lines or pores. True to its name it delivers and opalescent sheen that gives your skin a lit-from-within glow so skin looks healthy.

    Available at Sephora

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  • For oily skin: Dior Backstage Face and Body Primer, $59
    4 / 6 For oily skin: Dior Backstage Face and Body Primer, $59

    (Also read: 7 New Cushion Foundations to Add to Your Makeup Pouch)

    Finding a primer for oily skin types can sometimes be tricky. You want one that will keep your complexion matte and blur pores without drying out your skin. This Dior makeup primer ticks all the boxes. The light, serum-like texture glides on to the skin and settles in a few seconds after which layering foundation is a breeze. It also has a peachy undertone which makes it suitable for all skin tones. And a hint of radiance means you can wear it alone on off duty days.

    Available at Sephora

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  • For sensitised skin: Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer, $72
    5 / 6 For sensitised skin: Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer, $72

    This cult-favourite makeup primer is regularly sold out in Sephora and we reckon people love it because of its ability to nourish and protect skin while giving it a velvet-matte finish that allows makeup to stay longer. Packed with silk extracts that have a skin-perfecting effect, as well as green tea and algae that protect the skin by forming a barrier over it, this decreases your chances of a breakout or any irritation your skin that might be caused by makeup. It’s not cheap, but a little bit goes a long way and it can be used on the eyes and lips as well.

    Available at Sephora

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  • For enlarged pores: Farsali Skintune Blur Serum, $79
    6 / 6 For enlarged pores: Farsali Skintune Blur Serum, $79

    (Also read: Best Anti-Ageing Face Creams Under $50)

    Think of this makeup primer as a filter for your skin IRL. The lightweight primer goes on smooth to blur the appearance of enlarged pores and other imperfections so your makeup glides on and results in that soft-focus effect. Everywhere you go, it will seem like you have your own personal filter for your skin. Plus, the vegan and cruelty-free formula is packed with skincare ingredients that keep it looking even-toned.

    Available at Sephora

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