More often than not we're guilty of breezing through our makeup application, whether it's due to wanting that extra 20 minutes in bed or simply a lackadaisical approach that has us swiping on the barest minimum and calling it a day. Though beauty is subjective to each woman, it's safe to say certain steps like brows and eyeliner are the must-haves so we don't look like Golem's cousin stepping out of the house. But an essential product we tend to neglect is a face primer that sets and holds our makeup — a necessity in our humid climes.

Think it's redundant? A good primer can do for you what a good canvas does for an artist, providing an even base that will ensure makeup goes on easier and smoother as well as giving your look longer lasting power. This means no more disappearing makeup by lunchtime or going around unaware with a melted mess on your face. Requiring but a few pats to work into your skin, we say the superior pay-off is totally worth that extra 30 seconds. Here are five primers to invest in that'll change the way you makeup when you wake up:

Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer, $48
If large pores are your skin's number one issue that prevents you from attaining that airbrushed effect, a base that targets these pesky spots is your Holy Grail. Urban Decay's Pore Perfecting Primer does exactly that and more, blurring pores and fine lines in addition to its mattifying effect. Lightly tinted, it can also be worn alone for those days when you're giving your skin a breather from a face full of makeup.

Makeup primers to invest in

Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Enhancer Base, $120
Normally a hefty price tag doesn't necessarily equate to a high-performing product but the beauty community knows the good stuff tends to rack up the dollars. But rest assured your investment will go that extra mile with Clé de Peau Beauté's base as it banishes dark circles and dullness to give you that fresh, refined clarity you've always envied on youthful models. If you've ever wondered if good skin can be bottled, this is it.

Makeup primers to invest in

Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, $101
We all love a good multi-tasking product and a primer that doubles as premium skincare is the ace to tote around in your purse. Infused with 28 botanical ingredients (hence its name) such as rosemary, lavender and geranium oils that nourishes and prep your skin, the Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum is a silky, lightweight formulation that glides on and hydrates, helping to condition your complexion over time for an even flawlessness.

Makeup primers to invest in

Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-use Illuminating Base, $82
Possibly the most lauded primer around, this is a favourite of professionals and loyal fans alike. As it says on the tin, the Le Blanc De Chanel instantly bestows a dewy lit-from-within softness once applied and it also evens out the texture of skin, ridding your complexion of discoloured spots to give you that boost in radiance. Besides its glow power, it's able to hold makeup brilliantly to keep you fresh and matte even at the end of a long day.

Makeup primers to invest in

Shu Uemura Stage:Performer Blockbooster, $65
Keep this one on your radar when it launches in September as its revolutionary formula boasts a synergistic action that enhances the complexion while blocking out harmful environmental pollutants. Packed with SPF50/PA+++ to shield against UVA and UVB rays, this new Shu Uemura star reflects light for a natural glow and is tailored specifically for Asian skin tones in three shades, each with colour correcting properties that neutralise redness and dullness. Say hello to baby skin.

Makeup primers to invest in