10 Amazing Primers You Need To Try

These magic potions will help your makeup stay on point the whole day.

10 Amazing Primers You Need To Try


(SPOT.ph) Once upon a time, if you wanted your makeup to withstand the hellish heat and humidity or to last an entire event, it usually involved a wet sponge, a type of foundation called “pancake makeup,” and a heavy-handed application likened to wall spackling, or the more familiar term: masilya


Thanks to scientific advances in makeup formulation, masilya is a thing of the past. Primers are designed to prep your skin for foundation by refining the appearance of pores, managing oil production, and ensuring that your skin behaves long enough for your makeup to stay intact throughout a wedding, date, or special occasion.


Check out these primers if you’ve yet to add one to your makeup kit:


Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear


Forever & Ever Wear (P2,900) from Dior

With a name like that, you can expect Dior’s primer to hold on to your makeup like #JaDine, i.e., forever...and ever. Holding polymers ensure makeup longevity while their Poreless Effect skincare ingredient helps refine skin.



Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

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Photo Finish Primer (P1,950) from Smashbox

Smashbox's blend of green tea, and vitamins A and E create light diffusion on the skin making it look Instagram-ready.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Foundation Primer (P1,650) from Laura Mercier

This primer is a favorite among bridal makeup artists because of its lightweight mixture and ability to create a flawless canvas for foundation. It comes in different formulas to address different needs and skin types.



Benefit The Porefessional

The Porefessional (P1,700) from Benefit

Oily skin begone! If your foundation regularly does the slip 'n slide because of your perpetually oily face, this is the primer for you.


The Face Shop Velvet Skin Primer

Velvet Skin Primer (P695) from The Face Shop

This gel-type, non-sticky primer is ideal for humid weather...which is every damn day. Fans of all things Korean will know that this primer was the number-one pick in an episode of Get It Beauty!, an addictive Korean TV show that ranks beauty products based on blind tests from users. 



Etude House Wonder Pore Corrector

Wonder Pore Corrector (P748) from Etude House

Conceal your big pores effectively with this primer designed to minimize their appearance. Ever wonder why you've never seen a K-pop star with giant pores?


Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm


Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm (P748) from Tony Moly

Egg masks have been known to clear and tighten skin, and this smoothing balm with ingredients derived from eggs smoothens pores and even acne scars.



Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray - Oil Control


The Makeup Primer Spray Oil Control (P700) from Skindinavia

If you have sensitive skin, this spray-on primer is ultra-lightweight and silicone-free. The super-fine mist promises up to 16 hours of wear.


Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Retexturizing Primer


Visible Difference Retexturizing Primer (P2,650) from Elizabeth Arden

This “good morning” primer is infused with botanical boosters to help freshen up your face—perfect if you have a slave driver boss who likes keeping you up working till the wee hours of the morning.



MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF 50


Prep + Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF 50 (P2,100) from MAC

If your work requires you to be outdoors a lot, this multitasking primer with high SPF is perfect to get you through the day!

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