To be the perfect canvas for makeup, your skin needs to be smooth and well-balanced. However, most of us will surely have some skin texture concerns, and caking on a bottle foundation will not solve the issue.

Luckily, there are many primers on the market that are formulated specially to help tackle pores and uneven skin texture. See what the top picks are for helping your skin achieve the most flawless appearance.

This affordable primer melts easily into your skin to smooth over pores and texture imperfections. It has oil-controlling benefits and is ideal for normal to combination skin types. The primer has a lightweight gel formula and will not leave your skin greasy.

This primer can minimise the appearance of pores and maintain a sturdy base for long-lasting makeup. It has oil mattifying effects and helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier function by holding onto moisture effectively. Besides, the primer has a matte finish that does not crease throughout the day.

3. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Best water-based primer

Price from SGD70.00

Laura Mercier’s lightweight primer is creamy and glides easily on your skin to create a faultless base. The formula creates a soft-focus optical effect that minimises pores and lines without making your skin feeling too heavy. Besides, there are other variations of this primer such as oil-free, radiance or hydrating.

Fenty Beauty's original, mattifying primer is designed especially for people with oily skin. Apart from the emphasis on anti-shine, it can melt into your skin, blurring out imperfections for a smooth and matte finish. Additionally, it's light enough to use daily.

Hydrate and brighten your skin with this primer that also functions as an additional layer of moisturiser. The antioxidant-rich formula keeps your skin nourished and radiant. It also helps diffuse the appearance of pores and protect your skin from environmental pollution. With a combination of hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts, your skin will stay smooth, fresh and radiant.

6. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

Best for mature and textured skin

Price from SGD48.00

This excellent primer is a must-have for anyone dealing with facial texture issues. It features a pore-minimising, triple-blurring complex and light-diffusing technology to conceal the appearance of pores, lines and wrinkles.

The product is also built with the innovative skin balancing technology that utilises hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts. They work to keep your skin moisturised throughout the day. Besides, the oil-free and silky formula is non-comedogenic.

7. Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer

Best for acne scars

Price from SGD48.00

This primer from Tarte with nutrient-rich formula will be highly beneficial for those dealing with acne and scarring. It's made with vitamins and antioxidants to conceal large pores, scars and uneven skin texture. Besides, the primer can soothe and heal your skin as well. Additionally, it's waterproof and has up to 12 hours of staying power.

This mattifying primer from Smashbox has an oil-free formula and is an excellent fit to minimise large pores. It's ideal for oily areas like your nose and forehead. The oil-controlling effect will help lengthen the wear of your foundation without drying your skin out.

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