Bangkok’s blazing heat is always the enemy of makeup, as the humidity can melt away even the most durable foundation and waterproof eyeshadow. To save you from any unfortunate makeup meltdowns, we’ve selected these top-notch primers that will prevent your makeup from sliding off on a steamy night. Keep one of these handy, and you’ll never have to worry about your carefully cultivated look being ruined again.
A newly released product from Too Faced, the Hangover 3-in-1 is quite the multitasking mist. It’s a replenishing primer, setting spray, and hydrating mist all in one. We love the fact that this coconut water-infused mist lets you prime your face with just one quick spray. Application is super easy and fast, perfect for those who are in a rush in the morning. We’d recommend you keep one at your office as well; that way, you can refresh your makeup before you head out for a meeting – or happy hour.
THB 1,650 (120 mL) from Sephora Thailand
Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer has long been a cult-favourite amongst makeup artists. In fact, this lightweight, oil-free primer was so well-received that Smashbox actually recently launched an entire collection of primers designed for different skin types. However, the original is still second to none. The transparent gel simply glides over your complexion, filling in fine lines and pores along the way. We recommend you layer this primer over clean and moisturised skin, and if necessary, use it to touch-up makeup as needed.
THB 1,500 (30 mL) from Sephora Thailand
Just as the name suggests, Chanel’s Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base is not only a primer but also a foundation base. Besides mattifying your complexion, the base contains liquorice extract which helps even out the skin tone and smooth away small imperfections. Containing a moisturising complex, a smear of it will also help restore the softness of your skin so that your makeup appears more natural. We like to use it as a radiance booster by applying it to facial features that we’d like to highlight; for instance, the forehead, bridge of the nose, and chin.
THB 2,200 (30 mL) from Chanel Cosmetics
If you have dry skin and you’d like a primer with hydrating qualities, Benefit’s The POREfessional is probably your best option. Velvet-smooth in texture and super easy to apply, the translucent formula primes, moisturises, and minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines all at once. The product is also rich in vitamin E derivative, which helps protect your skin from free radicals. There’s a reason why it was voted as the best-selling Prestige Face Primer in the United States three years in a row after all. Give it a try and be primed for anything.
THB 1,300 (22 mL) from Benefit
For impeccable matte coverage plus UV protection, we recommend Nars’ Light Optimising Primer. The best part about this lightweight primer is not only does it have SPF 15 protection, but it also gives your skin a natural, luminous glow. Its light-reflecting complex formula gets rid of signs of fatigue and brightens up your complexion instantly. Colourless and oil-free, the primer is suitable for both morning and evening use, so if you ever feel like you need to touch-up your makeup, you can also reapply the primer.
THB 1,400 (30 mL) from Nars
When it comes to controlling oil and shine, MAC’s Prep + Prime Natural Radiance does a wonderful job. After all, the makeup primer is specially designed for oil and combination skin types. The silky gel-like texture of this primer makes it easy to apply, and it glides on effortlessly. Besides hydrating and priming effects, the product also helps reduce redness and brightens the skin with illuminating white pearl powder. It’s now offered in two shades — radiant yellow and radiant pink — to complement both deeper and fairer skin tones.
THB 2,200 (50 mL) from MAC Comestics