Any makeup artist will tell you that primers are essential for a flawless base. Whatever your skin type may be (find yours here!), there's a product that can hydrate, smoothen, and mattify yours to perfection. It need not be heavy and mask-like either! Here are the most lightweight formulas on the market for every skin type:

Dry Skin

There's no such thing as too much moisture for dry skin. Hence, your primers should be hydrating enough to give your skin a burst of freshness as it preps it for makeup.


TRY: Too Faced Hangover Repleneshing Face Primer, P1,888,; Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer in Hydrating, P2,450, SM Megamall

Normal Skin

Normal-skinned women can go for any type of primer they wish, depending on the look they're going for. An oil-based primer can give that juicy, dewy finish to the skin without looking greasy, while a lightweight, oil-free primer will give that no-fuss matte finish that complements any foundation.

IMAGE Smashbox, Sephora

TRY: Smashbox Primer Oil, P1,650, Beauty Bar; Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil-Free, Rustan's Makati

Combination Skin

Finding a primer for this skin type can be tricky since you're basically looking out for two skin issues. We suggest going for in-between products, meaning those that will keep your oily areas matte without drying your skin out.

IMAGE Sephora, The Ordinary

TRY: Sephora Collection Smoothing Primer, P737,; The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer, P600, Make Up Pro

Oily Skin

Many primers made for oily skin tend to be on the heavier side, since that's how most formulas control oils. But if that's not your thing, opt for gel primers or smoothing ones that don't leave you with a thick mask feel.

IMAGE Sephora, Ulta

TRY: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, P3,500 (standard size),; Benefit the POREFessional Matte Rescue Mattifying Gel, P1,600, Robinson's Magnolia

Sensitive Skin

Heads up, sensitive-skinned ladies! Look for products with well thought-out ingredients and a lightweight finish.


TRY: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster, P2,250, TriNoma; Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, P1,360, Glamourbox

Dull Skin

For skin that's a tad too gray from sleepless nights, give colorand radianceboosting primers a spin. These will revive your complexion and make it look healthy once more.

IMAGE Beyu, Banila Co

TRY: BeYu Healthy Glow Make Up Base, P1,150, Zalora; Banila Co Let Me Start Make-Up Essence Muse, P895, Zalora


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