Most of us think that using a primer is just an extra and unnecessary step in our makeup routines. That is, until we saw this photo:

Our skin naturally has an uneven texture due to pores, fine lines, and facial hair: makeup primer fills in these micro gaps to create a smooth canvas for our foundation, BB creams, tinted moisturizers, or concealers. In the image, the orange skin represents your face, and you'll notice how the base makeup looked evenly-distributed on the side with a primer on.

This goes to show that you'll only need a bit of foundation + concealer to cover imperfections because the primer has done half the job for them. A cool bonus: your makeup will stay on for a longer period, too!

Convinced? Check out these well-loved makeup primers:

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser

P299, Zalora

This gel primer blurs pores to create a baby-smooth complexion.

Peripera Blur Pang Banana Milk Blur

P400, Zalora

Enriched with banana extract, bovine colostrum, Jeju goat milk, and Vita Complex 10 this skincare-primer hybrid hydrates and brightens a tired complexion.

Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer

P1,900, Zalora

A putty-like smoothing primer you can wear on its own.

Too Faced Hangover Primer

P1,888, Sephora.ph

Sleep-deprived nights won't show on your skin, thanks to this primer's star ingredients: Hydrating coconut water and probiotics.

NARS Pore and Shine Control Primer

P1,950, Rustan's The Beauty Source

Apply this gel-to-cream primer on your t-zone to be assured that these problem areas won't ever get shiny.

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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

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

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