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Primed For Success

All you need is one good primer to extend the longevity of your makeup

Prime It Right

Why using a primer can make the difference for that picture-perfect look

Ever stepped out first thing in the morning looking like the epitome of perfection, only to find that by midday, your makeup has already begun streaking and your foundation has started to crease? If you want to maintain a flawless complexion that lasts all day, adding a suitable primer could be the solution to your makeup woes.

The Foundation Before A Foundation

A primer creates that all-important extra layer between your skin and makeup. Many often skip this step, thinking that it is unnecessary since they have already applied longwear foundation.  

Well, the reason you need a primer even before you put on your favourite foundation is to create a base for it to hold onto. Remember all those creases that can sometimes be seen through the makeup that you thought you had so carefully applied? That’s where the primer comes in. By creating a veil over fine lines and large pores, skin surfaces get smoothed out so that makeup that follows can glide on smoothly without shifting. 

Pick Your Primer

From pore-minimising and hydrating to colour-correcting, there is a primer for every concern and skin type. If your skin is prone to oiliness, a mattifying primer can help to combat shine and control sebum. For those who battle dryness, a moisturising primer can keep your skin hydrated (look for primers with moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid). 

If you have inflamed skin due to eczema or rosacea, tinted primers can address any skin discolouration and restore your skin’s colour balance. Look for ones with a green or yellow tint to tone down redness, while lavender or lilac helps to correct sallow skin and illuminate light or medium skin tones.

Start On the Right Canvas

Like builders who understand the importance of laying the right foundation for a stable structure, the same principle applies when it comes to putting your best face forward. With the right primer as the underlying foundation, you no longer have to worry about your makeup creasing, streaking or feathering. 

How to Apply

After your last skincare step, use your fingers to apply primer lightly and sparingly over your skin. If you apply too much primer, your foundation can clump up too. Alternatively, you can choose to apply primer to the whole face, or to specific areas (for instance, mattifying primer over an oily T-zone, or green primer to neutralise skin redness). 

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Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Mattifying Primer, $48 (32 ml).
Oily skin will love this antishine primer that gives skin a fresh, clean slate. Its blue agave extract leaves your complexion looking matte while its oil-free formula helps makeup blend without caking.
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Dior Backstage Face & Body Primer, $59 (30 ml).
Worn alone or as a base, this water-resistant primer fuses with your skin for a flawless finish, and has been proven to withstand the extreme conditions of heat and humidity for long-lasting wear.
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Guerlain L'Essentiel Pore Minimizer Primer (30 ml)
Made with 97 per cent natural ingredients, this colourcontrolling formula does two things: it minimises the appearance of pores, and keeps skin looking matte.
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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $89 (30 ml).
Aside from extending the wear of your foundation, this silky cloud-like primer comes with SPF15 sun protection to shield the skin from harmful UV rays.
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It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Makeup Primer+, $62 (30 ml).
This oil-free makeup base hydrates parched skin while extending the wear of your makeup even as it works to blur the look of enlarged pores.
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Beautyblender Selfie Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 38 Dry Oil Primer, $52 (30 ml).
This quick-absorbing dry oil helps to both prep and protect the skin. Its multi-spectrum protection shields you from UV rays and high-energy visible (HEV) light, so you are well covered indoors or outdoors.
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Kanebo The Primer, $180 (27 ml).
This apricot-coloured, gel primer gives skin a satin finish and has a botanical complex that is said to adjust its form according to the skin’s priming needs.
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Tatcha The Silk Canvas, $72 (20 g).
This velvety-smooth balm, made with pressed silk powder, blurs the look of wrinkles and blemishes, while creating a protective barrier to keep out dirt and grime.
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Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer – Illuminating Face Primer, $70 (50 ml).
This primer enhances skin’s natural radiance with micronised pearls that reflect light.
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Peter Thomas Roth Skin To Die For No-Filter Mattifying Primer And Complexion Perfector, $43.50 (30 ml).
Powered by a skin-mattifying complex, this primer makes your pores look smaller and leaves a natural, shine-free finish.
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Cover FX Gripping Primer, $62 (30 ml).
Like double-sided tape, this primer clings to your skin to create an ultrasmooth canvas while gripping onto your makeup on the other side, so your makeup looks streak-free.