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Some makeup wearers tend to look past primers because they think it adds an extra step into their routine. Plus, it cost extra time and money! However, adding primer into your makeup routine is more important than you think.

Also, it's not easy looking for primers in the market. Some works and some don't, but we've done the homework for you. Check out this list of primers that can suit your skin.

How do you apply matte primer?

How do you apply matte primer

Once you’ve found the right one, the next step is to explore the best application method. The general rule of thumb is to use your fingers when applying primers and always gently pat on instead of using the rubbing motion.

Unlike makeup brushes, using fingers to apply will give you a beautiful, seamless and smooth canvas for your makeup to layer on. However, if you’re a germaphobe, you can opt to use a lightly damped beauty sponge to apply instead.

Mattifying primers, in particular, should be applied sparingly and carefully. Get to know your skin first and identify the areas that are prone to produce excess oil throughout the day. This is because using matte primers on your entire face can sometimes leave your skin feeling too tight, causing dry patches.

Thankfully, matte primers these days come in varying formulations which allow you a full-face application. They can give you longer-lasting makeup and treat your skin too.

Best oil-free matte foundation primer for oily skin
HOURGLASS
1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
Best oil-free matte primer - foundation formula, for oily skin
Buy Now RM244.00

The oil-free Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer is ideal for people with oily skin as it's weightless and matte. It also acts as a 'magnet' that holds makeup all day while repelling water at the same time. Besides minimising the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, this primer goes beyond that by concealing redness as well as shielding your skin with SPF 15.

Best matte primer for combination skin
NYX Professional Makeup
2. NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer
Best matte primer for combination skin
Buy Now RM38.16

As its name suggests, this primer is supposed to give your skin a beautiful, lightweight, angelic veil. NYX Angel Veil Primer is super silky, light and fresh that creates a comfortable cushion on your skin to enhance makeup application. It’s not an overly mattifying primer, and thus, it’s suitable for normal, combination and oily skin types.

Best matte poreless primer
Fenty Beauty
3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer
Best poreless matte primer
Buy Now RM145.00

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt' r Instant Retouch Primer can stop shine and diffuse pores for a smoother makeup application. Unlike basic mattifying primers, Pro Filt' r has a unique, cushiony touch-me-now texture that also creates a filter-like blurring effect on your face. Additionally, this primer also melts into your skin almost immediately.

Best gel matte primer for acne-prone skin
Cover Fx
4. Cover Fx Mattifying Primer
Best gel matte primer - suitable for acne-prone skin
Buy Now RM176.00

Cover Fx’s Mattifying Primer is a weightless gel primer that will give your skin a matte look. It can also treat blemishes with the 1% Salicylic Acid in the ingredient while minimising the appearance of enlarged pores. Besides being free from harsh ingredients like parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, talc and sulfates, this primer is also certified vegan.

Best hydrating matte primer for dry skin
Kat Von D
5. Kat Von D Lock-It Hydrabase Face Primer
Best hydrating matte primer - suitable for dry skin
Buy Now RM155.00

Kat Von D’s Lock-It Face Primer is ultra-hydrating and doesn’t leave your skin looking dewy. Its water-based formula has a lightweight, milky texture that is comfortable to wear all day. Plus, it’s also infused with nourishing ingredients to treat dry skin.

Best matte primer with SPF
Milani
6. Milani Prime Protect SPF 30 Face Primer
Best matte primer with SPF
Buy Now RM78.00

Milani’s Prime Protect SPF 30 Face Primer is a 2-in-1 fast-absorbing, lightweight primer that seamlessly glides on the skin while providing a broad spectrum of UVA/UVB sun protection. This vitamin-enriched primer is suitable for sensitive and oily skin types. Additionally, it leaves 0% residue and white cast on your skin.

Best drugstore oil-control matte primer
Rimmel
7. Rimmel Stay Matte Makeup Primer
Best drugstore, oil-control matte primer
Buy Now RM24.20

Rimmel’s Stay Makeup Primer helps to control oil for up to eight hours and can minimise the appearance of enlarged pores. It’s a skin-perfecting primer that creates a soft, matte complexion on your face. Besides, it turns your skin into the perfect canvas for a smooth makeup application.

Best long-lasting matte eye and eyeshadow primer
MAC Cosmetics
8. MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base
Best long-lasting matte primer - suitable for the eye and eyeshadow
Buy Now RM101.00

MAC’s Prep + Prime Eye Primer is long-lasting and can help keep your makeup looking fresh and vibrant. This comfortable and lightweight eye primer has an innovative formula; it’s enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E so that you can apply it under your eyes.

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