Most of us feel that using a primer is just an extra and unnecessary step in our makeup routines. We used to think so, too, actually—that is, until we saw this photo:
Our skin naturally has different textures—pores, fine lines, facial hair—and a makeup primer acts like cement to fill in these small gaps and create a smooth canvas for our foundations, BB creams, tinted moisturizers, or concealers. In the photo, the orange peel represents our complexion. Notice how the base makeup looked evenly-distributed on the side where a primer was applied.
This goes to show that if you're using a primer, you'll only need a bit of foundation and concealer to cover imperfections because the primer will already do half the job. 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 Hangoverx Primer, P1888, 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, P1950, Rustan's
Apply this gel-to-cream primer on your T-zone and rest assured that these problem areas won't ever get shiny.
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.