Primers come in all sorts of formulas, famously touted as helping your base makeup stay on longer while guaranteeing a flawless complexion. However, primers might have been a hit or miss for those of you with drier skin types. That’s because lot of primers are marketed with oil-balancing and mattifying benefits to help foundation stay smooth. However, this method does not work for dry skin. 

What you should invest in are hydrating primers that’ll help your makeup last longer by keeping your skin moisturised. Their formulas will contain skincare-like ingredients that boost hydration and also help the skin retain a healthy glow. By keeping the skin soft and supple, your foundation will naturally achieve even greater flawlessness. 

Check out some of these best hydrating primers out in the market below!

1. e.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer

Best drugstore primer

Price from SGD8.50

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While budget-friendly, this primer is still a richly hydrating formula that includes grape seed oil and vitamins A, C and E to boost your skin’s inner radiance. It has a creamy gel-like consistency that spreads smoothly while providing a natural finish as well as keeping your skin hydrated.

2. First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Best for pores and sensitive skin

Price from SGD36.00

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Let this two-in-one moisturiser and primer soothe as well as smoothen your skin with only skin-friendly ingredients. Packed with superfood ingredients and botanical extracts, it is full of vitamins, proteins and minerals that brightens and nourishes the skin. The formula visibly blurs out pores and uneven skin texture for healthier looking skin even when worn on its own.

3. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

Best for dry and acne prone skin

Price from SGD48.00

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Lightweight, oil-free and non-comedogenic, this primer has all the characteristics of a primer that can work for dry skin sufferers who are also acne-prone. Beyond that, the formulation includes hyaluronic acid and botanical ingredients that helps the skin to stay hydrated throughout the day. 

The formula also consists of emollients that’ll help your foundation to stay smooth, as well as Elizabeth Arden’s unique skin-balancing technology that has oil-balancing properties. Moreover, the primer’s triple-blurring complex also helps with uneven skin texture such as enlarged pores and fine lines.

4. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Best with SPF

Price from SGD34.00

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This silicone-based primer extends the wear of your foundation by helping it stay more sweat-proof and transfer-resistant even in humid weather. The additional benefit of SPF 15 sun protection makes this an ideal choice for those that are out and about under the sun daily. With an oil-free formula that minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines, it is also suitable for those with sensitive skin.

5. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Anti-Aging

Best eye primer

Price from SGD38.00

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Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer is a beauty guru staple, but if you have really dry eyelids then you would probably prefer their anti-aging formulation instead. Along with the crease-free, budge-proof benefits of the original formula, this eye primer also provides rich hydration and smoothens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Meanwhile, its anti-aging ingredients are beneficial for firming the skin and improving skin suppleness.

6. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance

Best moisturising primer for foundation

Price from SGD70.00

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This primer adds a healthy, luminous glow to your skin and acts as the perfect moisturising base for your foundation. It has a creamy gel texture that blends seamlessly, along with a water-based, antioxidant-rich formula that keeps your dry skin hydrated and protected. Apart from glowing skin, this primer also helps combat dullness and conceal redness.

7. J.One Jelly Pack (White)

Best Korean primer for flaky skin

Price from SGD22.41

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Get Korea’s famous “glass-like” skin with this multi-tasking serum primer. Designed to be both a skincare salve as well as a makeup primer, it hydrates, nourishes and soothes the skin into the perfect canvas for foundation. With ingredients like rose water, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, your skin and foundation will stay smooth and glowing all day long.

8. Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer

Best for wrinkles and mature skin

Price from SGD69.00

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Indulge your skin with all the goodness of this ultra-hydrating formula that nourishes and smoothens out the skin beautifully. It contains coconut extracts that are rich in vitamins and nutrients that not only keep the skin hydrated, but also help the skin to stay younger-looking. The breathable formula is excellent for those who wants a deeply hydrating primer that does not feel heavy on the skin.

9. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer

Best for dry, combination and oily skin

Price from SGD24.00

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If your skin condition tends to vary every now and then, try investing in this primer that works decently with most skin types. It is a good all-rounder formula that provides some hydration while also evening out skin tone, smoothing out pores and gives a soft matte base. 

The lightweight, oil-free consistency will help your skin look smoother under foundation, especially for those with both dry and oily skin.

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