Have dry cheeks but an oily T-zone? Combination skin types can be tricky to work with, especially when it comes to base makeup. Fret not! The secret behind a flawless and long-lasting base is to use a primer. 

Primers today are created to serve different needs, such as to fill in enlarged pores, control shine, hydrate or protect the skin. For combination skin, it’s important to choose one that can balance the skin for a smooth and perfect foundation application. Not sure where to begin? Check out this list of top primers formulated for combination skin types.

1. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer

Best primer for combination skin and pores

Price from SGD24.00

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Watch your pores disappear instantly with Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer. The cushiony and oil-free texture blurs your skin’s texture, pores and fine lines for a flawless finish. Although it’s a mattifying primer, but it has a hydrating formula to prevent your skin from drying out.

2. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

Best primer for mature combination skin

Price from SGD23.00

The POREfessional Face Primer has an OG status and is praised for its abilities to smoothen fine lines, cover pores and control shine. With a huge cult-following, this lightweight primer is praised for its abilities to smoothen fine lines, cover pores and control shine. 

3. Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Primer & Setting Spray

Best primer spray for combination skin

Price from SGD49.00

Healthy and hydrated skin means longer lasting base makeup. To ensure your skin and makeup meshes well together, the Too Faced’s Hangover 3-in-1 Primer & Setting Spray contains coconut water and probiotics to tone and hydrate your skin. This magical liquid can prime, refresh and set makeup all at the same time.

4. First Aid Beauty Pores Be Gone Matte Primer

Best primer for sensitive combination skin

Price from SGD43.00

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A good primer can shield your skin against irritants and prevent irritation, like the Pores Be Gone Matte Primer from First Aid Beauty. The allergy-tested, non-comedogenic and oil-free formula is suitable even for sensitive skin types. Also, this mattifying primer has the ability to blur your pores and enhance your makeup wear time.

5. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Best primer for combination oily skin

Price from SGD34.00

If you can’t get your makeup to last, it’s time to bring out the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. This cult-favourite primer might be pricey, but it works by repelling water from your skin to enhance your makeup’s longevity. Also, it can cover pores, wrinkles and redness for a perfected skin finish.

6. Etude House Face Blur

Best primer with SPF for combination skin

Price from SGD27.90

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With Etude House’s Face Blur, you’ll never have to use a skin filter on your selfies! This creamy primer brightens and blurs your skin for that Photoshop skin effect. Formulated with an SPF of 15, Baby Pixel Powder and Cover Powder, it diffuses the appearance of your pores, texture and bumps.

7. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Best primer for normal combination skin

Price from SGD57.00

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Formulated with a blend of vitamins, the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is an award-winning, must-have gel primer. Its lightweight texture blends into your skin like a dream and provides a soft, illuminating glow to give you that lit-from-within, glass skin finish instantly.

8. Wet n Wild Photofocus Face Primer

Best drugstore primer for combination skin

Price from SGD10.32

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With the Wet n Wild Photofocus Face Primer, you’ll see a huge difference in the finish and longevity of your makeup. Its creamy texture glides on your skin to blur imperfections, fill in pores and wrinkles to even out your skin’s texture. The best part? It’s super affordable!

9. Bourjois Healthy Mix Blurring Primer Antifatigue

Best primer for dry combination skin

Price from SGD12.53

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Does your skin look dull and tired at the end of the day? What you need is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Blurring Primer. More than just a pore-filling primer, it’s formulated with vitamin C, E and B5 to provide your skin with antioxidants and nutrients. The results? Makeup that looks flawless, fresh and radiant!  

10. Mamonde Cotton Veil Primer

Best Korean primer for combination skin

Price from SGD22.00

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Does your base feel sticky, greasy or heavy? Let Mamonde Cotton Veil Primer work its magic and transform your makeup! The lightweight and airy primer contains Cotton Blossom extract that provides hydration while protect your skin from external irritants. It also has oil-controlling and brightening properties for that Korean skin finish. 

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