Ace your base with these top picks of primers to brighten, correct or mattify skin before foundation application.

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Ace your base with these top picks of primers to brighten, correct or mattify skin before foundation application.

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BEST FOR: Blemish-prone skin

ORBIS Clear Day Care Base, $25 (30 g).

Containing gromwell root extract and licorice extract, this makeup base combats acne and reduces sebum production to keep skin looking fresh and matte all day.

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BEST FOR: Uneven skin tone

Urban Decay Self Adjusting Complexion Primer, $58 (28 ml).

This colour-correcting primer features encapsulated pigments that adjust to your skin tone for even, velvety finish. Pores are instantly minimised, and makeup glides on like a dream.

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BEST FOR: Pigmentation

Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Spot-Control Base UV SPF 35, $75 (30 ml).

If spots are your problem, you’ll love this colour-correcting base. Powerful whitening ingredients like m-Tranexamic Acid and vitamin C diminish existing spots and inhibit the production of melanin for brighter and more radiant skin.

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BEST FOR: Dullness

Guerlain Meteorites Perfecting Pearls Anti-Dullness Base, $107 (30 ml).

The pink spheres suspended in lightweight gel contain diamond powder and pearlescent flakes to diffuse and reflect light for the ultimate glow.

BEST FOR: Radiant Glow

Tom Ford Illuminating Primer (30 ml).

Combining skincare ingredients with makeup, dry, lacklustre skin can benefit from the Tom Ford Infusing Complex, which hydrates skin while lending it a luminescent gold sheen.

BEST FOR: Fine lines and wrinkles

IT Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Veil Primer, $75 (30 ml).

Infused with more than 50 skincare ingredients (hence the number 50 in its name), this two-in-one hydrating primer and serum hydrates, protects and preps skin for better makeup application.

BEST FOR: Hydration

shu uemura TSUYA Skin UV Under Base Mousse Radiance – Moist SPF 30 PA+++, $68 (50 g).

The unique mousse-to-cream texture of this primer envelops skin with moisturising ingredients, almost like putting on a protective facial mask. A rosy pearlescent tint gives skin a natural youthful glow.

BEST FOR: Sun Protection

NARS Smooth & Protect Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $65 (30 ml).

When it comes to makeup bases with SPF, most of us have the impression that texture is often heavy and sticky… but not this one! This oil-free primer goes on clear and sets to a velvety, matte finish – perfect for those who hate the white cast that some sunscreens leave behind.

BEST FOR: Fatigued skin

BECCA First Light Priming Filter, $58 (30 ml).

Acting like an Instagram filter, this lilac primer masks all signs of fatigue and dullness. Skin appears refreshed and almost as though you’ve managed to clock in a full eight hours of sleep.


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