Best primers to keep your makeup intact in Singapore’s brutal heat: Hourglass Cosmetics, Tatcha, Too Faced…

Best primers to keep your makeup intact in Singapore’s brutal heat: Hourglass Cosmetics, Tatcha, Too Faced…

In their prime

Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @hourglasscosmetics

Touch-ups are inevitable in Singapore's continual heatwave. In fact, blotting papers, powders, and mattifying facial mists are essentials in many a makeup maven's purse... or, failing that, at least tissue packets from LiHo. In short: if it keeps the grease at bay and makeup in place, it will earn its spot.

For those whose have been failed by those pedestrian solutions time and time again, an effective (though considerably more costly) alternative: primers. Slicked on before makeup application, they provide a base for makeup to cling on to, ensuring that everything stays in place through scalding-hot temperatures and humidity. Below, a curation of the most power-packed of the lot. Here’s to you looking fresh AF in this withering heat.

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer

Revered among beauty junkies, this oil-free primer has garnered praise for its multitude of 'dos. Extending makeup wear aside, it also conceals redness, minimises the appearance of pores, fine lines, wrinkles, and provides some sun protection with SPF15. Is there anything this multi-functional powerhouse can't do?


Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer

Housed in a gorgeous lilac compact, Tatcha's primer certainly lives up to its protective claim with its potent formulation of botanicals acting as a barrier between makeup and skin. This, thus, reduces the likelihood of clogged pores and acne. The inclusion of silk extracts and powders also diminish the appearance of fine lines and pores, creating a smooth, even canvas for makeup to glide — and stay — on for hours on end.


Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer

Hydrating, nutrient-rich coconut is the star of this Marc Jacobs primer, prolonging makeup wear while also smoothing out dry, flaking skin. The lightweight, airy texture can be credited to coconut water-derived polysaccharide, which lets skin 'breathe' without compromising any of its complexion-perfecting abilities. Now, if that doesn't sound ideal for Singapore shores, we don't know what does.


Too Faced Hangover Primer

Coconut plays an integral role in Too Faced's primer offering as well, with its hydration prowess coming into play and soothing tired, haggard-looking complexions. Its light, creamy texture is known to absorb into skin instantaneously too, to clear out all matters of debris and oil. Slick it on and apply a dewy, glowing foundation (the Too Faced Dew You Foundation, perhaps?) atop to add luminosity on skin that lasts forever.


Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer

Yet another cult favourite within the makeup community, you can't go wrong with Benefit's OG face primer. The translucent, mattifying formula eradicates grease and shine while also reduce the appearance of pores; the result is a silky, flawless base for makeup to adhere to. The cherry on top: it is available in three sizes, the smallest of which is great for travelling.

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