#1 Boscia Porefecting White Charcoal Mattifying Treatment Primer, $57 (40 ml)
Mask the appearance of enlarged pores while treating it at the same time with this power packed primer. Apply a thin layer onto clean skin to create a smooth and mattified base so makeup glides on seamlessly and lasts all day long. It contains binchotan white charcoal which purifies congested pores while artichoke leaf and witch hazel extracts help reinforce pore walls and provide an astringent effect. Over time, this helps to refine skin texture.
#2 Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment, $59 (30 ml)
Less is definitely more when layering products to create a flawless base. After cleansing and moisturising skin, apply a thin layer of this mattifying primer from Cover FX before your usual foundation. The lightweight gel-like texture smoothes uneven bumps on skin surface and keeps skin shine free for hours on end. Plus, it is packed with soothing and regenerative ingredients to help skin heal and prevent future breakouts.
#3 Erborian Matte Creme Mattifying Face Cream Blur Effect Face Primer, $56 (45 ml)
Mention Korean beauty brands and the first thing that comes to mind for many women is the plump and radiant complexion of a Korean starlet. But if you have oily skin, chances are you’ll be worried about your skin looking greasy when opting for a dewy look. Fret not as this lightweight primer boasts a high-tech formula to keep skin velvety matte while locking in moisture so you skin still looks adequately hydrated. Moreover, it has a soft-focus effect which evens out skin tone and other imperfections for a picture-perfect finish.
#4 Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer, $72 (20 g
Formulated with nutrient-rich rice ferment filtrate, this face primer not only helps hold makeup in place, it also forms an additional protective barrier over skin to fend off free radical damage. Suitable for use on eyes, face and lips, it leaves a silky finish on skin, perfectly prepping it for makeup application. Just a rice-grain size is enough for the entire face so be sure to use this sparingly. You can even bring this in your bag for on-the-go touch-ups—just pat on a tiny bit directly onto shiny T-zone.
#5 IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full Treatment Concealer, $46
We’ve all been there, whether it’s waking up to a nasty zit just before a job interview or noticing an angry pimple as you’re about to head for a dinner date. In times like these, reach for an emergency skin fix like this blemish-treating concealer. Not only does it contain full-coverage pigments to reduce the appearance of red, bumpy zits, it is also infused with skin-soothing ingredients like peptides and hydrolysed collagen so your makeup never creases nor cracks. And while it hides and soothes breakouts, a host of zinc oxide, kaolin clay, witch hazel, tea tree, sulphur and exfoliating acids also help treat pimples.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $70
One of the brand’s iconic products, this loose setting powder is a mainstay amongst makeup artists for good reason. A thin layer of it over makeup forms an undetectable veil which repels water and sebum, ensuring the longevity of your makeup for flawless looking skin.
Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder, $44
Perfect to give you the picture-perfect mien (just like Riri’s, even in paparazzi photos), this invisible blotting powder soaks up excess shine while an exclusive pore-diffusing complex diminishes the appearance of skin irregularities. Plus, it doesn’t smudge makeup, sink into fine lines and helps refresh makeup. The handy size also means it slips into the tiniest of purses so you will also be camera-ready.
#9 Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Pressed Setting Powder, $50
This newly-launched setting powder joins the Urban Decay All-Nighter range, and like its All-Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray, this weightless powder forms a waterproof veil over your foundation and helps it stay matte. The formula also blurs out pores and soaks up excess sebum.
#10 Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact Blush, $59
For those who like to customise their blusher or experiment with tonal makeup on your eyes and cheeks, try Jill Stuart’s Mix Blush Compact Blush. Each compact houses six complementary hues, which means that you can easily mix and match them to create your desired look. The shades also come in a semi-matte texture that blends seamlessly into skin and lasts for hours on end so you don’t have to worry about your makeup smudging throughout the day.