Still slathering foundation onto your naked face? Unless you're experimenting with make-up for the first time, you should know the protective layer underneath is key. Primers lock in moisture and provide a smooth base for make-up.
1. Benefit's That Gal Brightening Face Primer (HK$270/11ml) is a light pink concoction that can be smoothed on as is, blended with foundation or used under make-up. It includes raspberry and chamomile to soothe, moisturising almond and algae extracts, and light-reflecting pigments to provide sheen. Available from Benefit counters at Lane Crawford stores and Faces, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.
2. Fresh's Freshface Primer (HK$340/30ml) fills in lines and pores for even make-up application. Cucumber extracts and porphyridium cruentum keep the skin dewy and fresh. From Fresh counters at Lane Crawford and the Fresh store in Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong.
3. Mary Quant's More Than Moisture Control Colour (HK$180/15 grams) is meant to even out skin tone and make your complexion glow. The product comes in four colours. The green tint reduces redness and increases translucency; the blue hides pigmentation marks and doubles as a highlighter; purple clarifies dull, yellowish complexions; and the white brightens the skin. From the Mary Quant counter at Sogo, Causeway Bay, and stores in Harbour City and Festival Walk.
4. Lola's Refine Prime Foundation Primer (HK$360/30ml) is water based and silicon free. It works well underneath foundation or alone, with active levels of retinoids, Co Q10 and ginseng to rejuvenate and even out your complexion. From Lane Crawford and Faces.
5. Model Co's Face Base Skin Primer (HK$200/45ml) nourishes and mattifies. Its oil-free formula works for all skin types. Ultra-moisturising, it can be used on its own as an all-purpose moisturiser. From Lane Crawford and Faces.
6. NARS' Makeup Primer (HK$330/50ml) was updated earlier this year. It now comes equipped with SPF 20 to protect as it nourishes your skin. Peach and white lily extracts hydrate, and chestnut rose fruit provides an antioxidant boost. From NARS counters.