If there’s one thing that makes for a great beauty look, it’s flawless-looking skin. And the best part is that it requires little to no skill to perfect (unlike that enviable cat-eye flick, smoky eye, contour and highlight – these take serious skills to execute). All you have to do is to get a good primer to go under your foundation to give the illusion of baby-smooth skin. Here are nine super affordable options to try.
1. Canmake Poreless Clear Primer, $17.90, from Guardian and Watsons
This blurs out pores and helps brighten skin with the tiny gold flecks suspended in the silky smooth formula. It also helps absorb sweat and sebum to keep skin shine-free.
2. 3ina The Matte & Smooth Primer, $29, from 3ina at #B2-67 Ion Orchard
This paraben-free primer smooths out skin texture and helps control oil for shine-free skin all day. It also has light reflective particles to boost skin radiance and even out skin tone.
3. Etude House Fix and Fix Primer Pore, $22.90, from Etude House stores
This tinted gel primer helps even out skin tone while covering up pores and smoothing out skin texture.
4. Nyx Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Primer, $27, from Sephora
The formula of this fluid primer spreads easily to blur out pores for a smoother-skin finish. This is also vegan-friendly.
5. 3CE Pore Silky Stick (White), $25, from Sephora
This not only helps smooth out skin texture and conceal pores and fine lines. It contains shea butter, argan oil and macadamia nut oil to help keep skin nourished and hydrated too.
6. Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Face Primer, $23, from Sephora
This oil-free, lightweight balm leaves skin looking smooth and flawless and also mattifies skin at the same time.
7. Sephora Collection Pore & Fine Line Filler, $24, from Sephora
This is silicone-based and helps blur out skin flaws such as enlarged pores and fine lines for smoother-looking skin.
8. Smashbox Photo Finish Minimize Pores Primer, $24, from Sephora
Great for those with oily skin, this oil-free mattifying primer not only blurs out pores, it controls oil without clogging up the skin too.
9. Erborian Matte Creme Mattifying Face Cream Blur Effect Face Primer, $24, from Sephora
This primer does five things – it gives an ultra-matte finish, refines skin texture, reinforces skin barrier functions, helps lock in moisture and preps skin for makeup.