No matter how flawless your foundation looks upon application, chances are it will still sink into your pores, fine lines and enhance the look of uneven skin texture throughout the day. Luckily, this problem can easily be remedied with a game-changing product: Primers.

They are designed to help your makeup last longer by conditioning your skin before you apply foundation. For those of you who struggle with skin textural concerns, pore-minimising primers can also help you even out your skin for a smoother canvas. This additional layer will enable your foundation to stay flawless for a longer period of time.

See which of the following best pore-minimising primers will suit your skin the best!

1. Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser

Best drugstore primer

Price from SGD13.14

Widely considered as a dupe for one the best pore-minimising primers on the market, this drugstore option is a great way to introduce this step into your makeup routine. The silicone-based formula has a gel-like consistency that absorbs quickly into the skin and provides a smooth and matte finish, giving your pores a more blurred out effect.

2. Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer

Best Korean primer

Price from SGD9.90

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Formulated with Innisfree’s signature Jeju ingredients including green tea, green persimmon and orchid extract, this primer can help with oil-control as well as smoothening out your pores. It is lightly tinted with a soft, creamy consistency that blends easily.

3. 100% Pure Mattifying Primer

Best organic primer

Price from SGD88.50

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Made with nutrient-rich natural ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea, tea tree and more, this silicone-free primer is a skin-friendly way to achieve a more even skin texture. It includes skin-plumping seaweed collagen to help smoothen the skin, as well as mattifying the skin to help you stay shine-free.

4. Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

Best for oily skin

Price from SGD58.00

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This water-based, alcohol-free formula is basically a liquid blotting paper. It’s formulated with a botanical mattifying complex that regulates sebum production and delivers all day long oil control. 

The formula has a lightweight, powdery matte finish that blurs the appearance of pores. You can also use it to touch up throughout the day by applying a tiny amount over specific areas for an instantly mattifying effect.

Maintain a smooth, even canvas throughout the day with this silky primer. It has a light-diffusing, triple blurring complex to give the appearance of smoother skin. More importantly, the primer also includes a unique formulation made from hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts that hydrates the skin throughout the day. The addition of emollient ingredients also helps foundation adhere longer to the skin.

6. Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer

Best for acne scars

Price from SGD48.00

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This light, invisible gel formula is marketed as a waterproof primer that will mattify the skin and blur out imperfections. It helps conceal acne scars, pores and uneven skin texture without drying out the skin, and can even address dry patches. This is largely due to the nutrient-rich formulation, made with botanical extracts such as goji, avocado, centella asiatica, rosemary leaf and more.

7. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Best for redness, fine lines and wrinkles

Price from SGD34.00

This top-selling primer is suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin types, with a unique formulation that helps cover redness and rosacea. It has a light and silky texture that gives a mattifying effect and minimises the appearance pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The primer also has the added benefit of SPF 15 physical sun protection.

8. First Aid Beauty Pores Be Gone Matte Primer

Best for clogged pores

Price from SGD43.00

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If you are worried about pore-clogging ingredients, then try this non-comedogenic and oil-free primer that is suitable for even sensitive skin types. Its formula is rich in nutrients that helps protect the skin and improve skin texture, including fig extract for antibacterial properties and salicylic acid to eliminate clogged pores. Not only does it help you achieve smoother-looking skin, it also helps to heal the skin altogether.

9. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

Best for minimizing pores

Price from SGD23.00

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It is not a holy grail for nothing – this pore-filling primer is a must-try for anyone who has to deal with large pores. The lightweight and translucent balm will melt softly into the skin to combat uneven skin texture. 

Its silicone-based formula also includes vitamin E for skin-protecting benefits although the oil-control properties may not be enough for those with oilier skin types. Therefore, it is best recommended for normal to combination skin.

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