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Prep Your Skin With These Products For A Flawless Makeup Look

Find the best one for your skin concern!
by Ira Nopuente
February 28, 2019
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Primers are essential for a long-lasting, flawless makeup look. They serve as a skin-perfecting base that diffuse uneven texture, large pores, and fine lines. Their genius formulas also prevent foundation, BB cream, powder (or whatever product you choose to wear) from melting off your complexion even on hot, humid days. 

What we love about the new generation primers is they come in both skincare and makeup form. You're given the freedom to choose what route you'd like to take: Try a priming moisturizer for a more natural finish, or a makeup primer for a ~sturdy~ base for your foundation. Below, we culled our favorites so you won't have a hard time picking the right one for your needs.

  1. Revlon Colorstay UV Primer SPF40 PA+++ 

    Staying out in the sun? Make sure to protect your face before layering on foundation with primer that doubles as a sunscreen. This one from Revlon cancels out sallowness and allows the base products to cling on to your complexion all day.

    Purpose: Prime and protect 

    Revlon Colorstay UV Primer SPF40 PA+++, P825, Robinsons Department Store

  2. Pond's White Beauty Tone Up Milk Cream

    This genius moisturizer instantly gives your complexion a distinct, blushing radiance from within. Apply before putting on powder or liquid foundation for a smooth and bright finish! And if you're thinking about long-term glowing results, milk essence and vitamin B3 brighten your skin with daily use.

    Purpose: Prime, hydrate, and brighten 

    Pond's White Beauty Tone Up Milk Cream, P265, Watsons

  3. Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Smoother

    If you want your makeup to go on smoothly, dab a thin layer of this pore-blurring primer to smooth out uneven texture. This genius and affordable primer lets your face stay matte for hours!

    Purpose: Prime and mattify 

    Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Smoother, P299, Lazada

  4. In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer

    A lightweight gel moisturizer quickly absorbed by the skin, it also provides a great base for your foundation or BB cream to cling onto. Another plus: It grants your skin a radiant, natural-looking finish—it's like you're wearing no makeup at all!

    Purpose: Hydrate and prime 

    In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer, P895,

  5. Pixi Rose Flash Balm

    This gel balm works as a lightweight moisturizer, a leave-on mask, and a brightening primer. The rose-infused formula also leaves a faint floral scent to uplift your mornings.

    Purpose: Prime, hydrate, and brighten 

    Pixi Rose Flash Balm, P1,395, Watsons

  6. MAC Prep and Prime Fix+

    There are days when you just want a light base. Spritz this priming spray all over your face befpre applying BB cream, tinted moisturizer, or face powder. Mist again to set your makeup.

    Purpose: Prime and set

    MAC Prep and Prime Fix+, P1,250, Lazada

  7. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer

    You're guaranteed to have a matte and fresh complexion with this primer. Its skin-perfecting abilities work like a prettifying filter on your face.

    Purpose: Prime and mattify

    Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer, P1,850,

  8. Too Faced Hangover Primer

    If you had a sleepless night and your skin seems patchy and dull, turn to this coconut water-infused primer for an all-day glow.

    Purpose: Prime, hydrate, and brighten

    Too Faced Hangover Primer, P1,888,

  9. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer- Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++

    Laura Mercier is known for creating excellent products for a flawless base makeup, and this one is no exception. It combines priming and protecting in one tube: It reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores, controls shine, nourishes the skin with vitamins, and has SPF. What else will you look for in a primer, right?

    Purpose: Prime, improve, mattify, and protect 

    Laura Mercier Foundation Primer- Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++, P1,900, Rustan's The Beauty Source

  10. Olay Total Effects Whip Moisturizer

    The unique whipped formula of this day and night moisturizer is lightweight and easy to apply. And because it can blur fine lines and pores, it serves as a primer that won't clog the skin!

    Purpose: Prime and hydrate

    Olay Total Effects Whip Moisturizer, P1,999, Watsons

  11. NARS Smooth and Protect Primer SPF50

    This tube aces the trifecta of fresh makeup goals: It blurs out pores and wrinkles, mattifies shine, and protects the face from UV rays! The gel formula also doesn't feel like a film, so applying your foundation feels like a dream.

    Purpose: Prime, mattify, and protect 

    NARS Smooth and Protect Primer SPF50, P2,050, Rustan's The Beauty Source

  12. Chanel Le Blanc Light Creator Brightening Makeup Base Broad Spectrum SPF 40

    Illuminate your complexion and sport a dewy finish with this makeup base. It nourishes your skin with licoric extract, which brightens uneven skin tone. The coverage is so great, you might want to skip wearing foundation after all!

    Purpose: Prime and protect

    Chanel Le Blanc Light Creator Brightening Makeup Base Broad Spectrum SPF 40, Rustan's The Beauty Source

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