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These Are The Top 10 Makeup Primers To Create A Flawless Base

By: Beauty Insider Journalist / December 4, 2020
Categories : BI MY, Face

Makeup primers are a pivotal part to create a flawless look. Known mostly as base makeup, primers will give you a smooth blank canvas before starting your work of art. Primers will keep your makeup intact and reduce smudging, transfer and fading.


They come in many forms, formulas and styles. With that, today Beauty Insider is listing down the top 10 makeup primers!

1. JULIETTE ARMAND Hydra Mattifying Gel

If you are searching for a primer that will not only benefit your makeup but also your skin, this is the one for you! It is great for all skin types as it acts as a moisturiser that controls oil production, giving you lasting matte skin. This makes an ideal base for your makeup, ensuring that it won’t budge nor fade.

Moreover, the ingredients in this gel primer are ultra-hydrating such as Aloe and Hyaluronic Acid. It is also enriched with a vitamin complex that helps to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines for a smooth finish.

Why we love it:

  • It creates a matte finish
  • It helps keep makeup intact all-day
  • Keeps the skin hydrated and not tight throughout the day

Price: $69.00

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2. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer

The Internet loves this recently released filter by Rihanna’s brand. It has no oil and is designed specifically to make skin matte. But unlike other primers for oily skin, it feels light on the skin.

Because who wants to feel more stuff on their face when you already have oil weighing you down 24/7? It comes in a single colour for a reason—the soft pink adds radiance to your skin. Makeup artists also use it alone on the skin if you are skipping the foundation but want a bit of help making your skin look healthier.

Why we love it:

  • It is lightweight
  • Evens out pink tones

Price: $48.00

Where to buy: Sephora Singapore


3. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Nourishing Primer

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If you are afraid that your makeup might crack or reveal your dry skin, this well-loved primer will save you. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Nourishing Primer was designed for dry and dehydrated. The consistency is both rich and creamy and the primer restores skin’s elasticity and revitalises skin to create even texture. And of course, it also gets an A+ at keeping your makeup lasting all day long.

Why we love it:

  • It doesn’t give you tight, dry feeling all-day
  • Lightweight

Price: $37.00

Where to buy: Sephora Singapore


4. Stila One Step Prime

This primer fills in pores and fine lines so your makeup looks smoother and flawless. It contains silicones, which you can thank for your “no filter” beauty. Stila One Step Prime also contains Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex™ which is 15 bio-available vitamins, nutrients, and anti-oxidants. It is oil-free and fragrance-free and contains no parabens. All you need is a very tiny amount, just the size of a pea. That is enough to prime your entire face. At 30ml, this is going to last you a while!

Why we love it:

  • It nourishes the skin
  • The finish is smooth

Price: $43.50

Where to buy: LookFantastic


5. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Oil-Free Poreless Skin-Perfecting Serum Primer

Last on the list is this primer that also blurs pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. It contains Moroccan lava clay, hydrolyzed collagen, papaya fruit extract, and purifying charcoal. The formula allows makeup to glide on without and it minimises shine. An online review says that despite her oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin, her makeup stayed on for almost 10 hours.

Why we love it:

  • It’s budget-friendly
  • It is buildable

Price: $16.05

Where to buy: Shopee Singapore


6. TATCHA The Liquid Silk Canvas Face Primer

If you’re prone to breakouts and need an oil-free solution but will still be able to do the job, this primer from Tatcha is your pick. This lightweight formula will create a velvet smooth canvas for your makeup without ruining your skin. It contains Silk Extracts to give a nourishing feel on your skin and reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Additionally, it is water-resistant which helps to diminish shininess throughout the day. It contains great ingredients such as 35% Hadasei-3, a complex of Japanese anti-ageing superfood to give your skin a more youthful look.

Why we love it:

  • It is suitable for all skin types
  • It evens out skin tone
  • Creates a protective barrier from external harm

Price: $79.00

Where to buy: Sephora Singapore


7. Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF30

Sometimes, we think, if a do-it-all product exists, and then there is this primer by Tarte to answer our wonders. This primer will not only keep your makeup in place, but it will give you a slight tint to even out your skin tone too. To add, it is also a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect you from sun damage which is always a big plus in our books!

This innovative multi-purpose primer is also one of the highest-rated primers on Sephora where you can see that many vouches for. It has a cream, silk-like consistency that is easy to blend and creates a smooth finish.

Why we love it:

  • The tint is buildable
  • It has anti-ageing properties
  • It is long-lasting and oil-free

Price: $56.00

Where to buy: Sephora Singapore


8. Etude House Face Blur

If you’re a K-Beauty junkie (like me) or not, this face primer by Etude House is a game-changer. This liquid-smooth primer is not only just a great makeup primer but will brighten and create a blurring effect on your complexion. It feels like you’re walking around with a beauty effect on as it diminishes pores and fine lines.

Moreover, it comes in three varieties which are Smoothing, Mattifying and Moisturising to suit everyone’s preference.

Why we love it:

  • It evens out skin tone
  • Smoothens complexion
  • Can wear on its own

Price: $27.90

Where to buy: Shopee Mall Singapore


9. Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer – Hydrating Face Primer

Many primers often have that drying, tight feeling due to the lack of moisturising ingredients. However, that’s why this water-based primer by Laura Mercier with its hydrating formula is simply amazing. It keeps your makeup in place but also locks in moisture to keep you feeling fresh all day.

It is made with Olive Extract and Marine Hydra Botanicals to replenish the skin while promoting long-term hydration recovery.

Why we love it:

  • It is silicone-free
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • It is lightweight and breathable

Price: $70.00

Where to buy: Sephora Singapore


10. Elf Poreless Putty Primer

To end our list of amazing makeup primers, we wrap it with a true cult favourite. We are talking about the iconic Elf Cosmetics Poreless Putty Primer that has made waves on the internet. Many have vouched for its effectiveness at eliminating the appearance of pores and imperfections.

Moreover, it contains Squalane to ensure that your skin maintains hydration by locking it in place. It is suitable for all skin types and will give you a long-lasting flawless finish.

Why we love it:

  • It is easy to blend
  • Has different shades to suit everyone
  • It evens out skin tone

Price: $19.90

Where to buy: Shopee Singapore