Maybelline Dream One Day Perfect Dual Protection Lasting Base, $19.90
Best for those with combination to oily skin, this lightweight formula absorbs excess sebum as it is produced while ensuring that skin stays adequately hydrated all day long. As a result, expect perfectly balanced skin that’s neither dry nor shiny. Plus, it is also dermatologically-tested and fragrance-free, making it suitable for all skin types.
Tarte Base Tape Hydrating Primer, $39
Perfect for vegans, this coconut-infused primer is a heavyweight moisturiser and a lightweight primer all rolled into one. It sinks into skin instantly and doesn’t leave behind any sticky or greasy finish. Plus, it keeps skin adequately hydrated for up to 12 hours thanks to its combination of jojoba and grapeseed extracts.
MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Face Primer, $70
Commonly found in the toolkits of professional makeup artists working backstage at fashion shows or at photo shoots, this primer feels next-to-nothing thanks to its silky texture which is instantly absorbed into skin. Formulated with micronised pearl powders, it gives skin an all-over radiance. In addition, it also helps regulate sebum production and infuses skin with antioxidants to keep dull complexion and pesky spots at bay.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance, $70
One of the first brands to offer primers as an additional makeup step to prep skin for flawless makeup application, Laura Mercier is the name to trust for pro-approved results. Featuring its original makeup-enhancing formula, this Radiance formula features tiny pearl pigments that not only boosts luminosity but also counters redness and evens out patchy skin.
NARS Radiance Primer SPF 35 / PA+++, $66
Thanks to its unique blend of plant extracts, this radiance-enhancing primer also protects skin against free radicals and promotes microcirculation or a healthy complexion. It also contains encapsulated sunscreen beads which forms an invisible veil over skin to protect against UV rays. Skin surface is smoothed, plumped and brightened so makeup glides on seamlessly for a lit-from-within glow.
Chantecaille Liquid Lumière Anti-Aging Illuminator, $65
As with all Chantecaille products, expect only the finest botanical ingredients whipped into the sumptuous textures for the most luxurious products. This illuminating fluid is no exception. With a lightweight, satiny texture, it blends beautifully into skin, blurring the appearance of imperfections like enlarged pores and patchy skin. We love the “Sheen” shade, a pearlescent soft pink that counters sallowness for a rosy glow. Plus, bamboo and pea extracts work in tandem for plumper and firmer skin.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Ageing Primer, about $113, at Net-A-Porter
When you’re looking for a hybrid formula that bridges skincare and makeup. Enriched with powerful skincare ingredients like antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and pearl pigments, this lightweight primer glides over skin like a dream, instantly erasing the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while enhancing skin’s ability to reflect light for a natural-looking glow that looks like you just got a facial.
IT Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-aging Collagen Veil Primer, $75
This primer has a lightweight serum-like texture while promising anti-aging benefits. Made with more than 50 skin-loving ingredients, this preps skin perfectly for flawless makeup application. Botanical oils and butters smooth fine lines and boost moisture levels, while aloe, chamomile and colloidal oatmeal soothe skin and protect against inflammation. At the same time, a blend of vitamins fend off free radicals and brighten dullness and dark spots while peptides and collagen improve skin elasticity for a luminous and plump complexion.