If there's one thing that you probably skip when you have to put your daily look in a rush, it would be your primer, but this step can actually make things easier by helping "condition the canvas", so to speak.   


Primers are essential for a long-lasting, flawless makeup look as 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 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 is a list of tried-and-tested products so you won't have a hard time picking the right one for your needs.

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Revlon Colorstay UV Primer SPF40 PA+++

P825, Robinsons Department Store

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

Pond's White Beauty Tone Up Milk Cream

P265, Watsons

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

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Smoother

P299, Lazada

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


In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer

P895, InHerElement.ph

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


Pixi Rose Flash Balm

P1,395, Watsons

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

MAC Prep and Prime Fix+

P1,250, Lazada

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


Purpose: Prime and set

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer

P1,850, Sephora.ph

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


Too Faced Hangover Primer

P1,888, Sephora.ph

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

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

P1,900, Rustan's The Beauty Source

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

Olay Total Effects Whip Moisturizer

P1,999, Watsons

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


NARS Smooth and Protect Primer SPF50

P2,050, Rustan's The Beauty Source

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

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

Rustan's The Beauty Source

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

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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