Seven makeup primers to help you survive rainy days

by Marianne Raterta, contributor

If you spend any time prepping and primping your face, wouldn’t you want for your makeup to last all day long? After all, it would be better to go out product-free rather than have your eyeliner smearing all over your lid or your foundation wearing off in oily patches! Primers are the solution for keeping your face on, plus they may even have other benefits such as minimizing the appearance of pores, controlling oil, or making eyeshadow pigments look more vibrant.

Now that weather has turned from sunny to rainy, we’re making sure that our hard work won’t get washed off if we get caught in a sudden shower. These primers don’t promise to withstand a full-on bagyo but they’re great for keeping our faces matte and bright through the gloomiest weather. We’re not about to let some precipitation ruin our makeup game!

Catrice Prime and Fine Smoothing Refiner (P499 at SM Beauty). This silicone-based primer not only fills in fine lines and refines pores for an even foundation application, but it also lends a brightening effect to the skin. It looks a lot like the L’Oreal Base Magique Primer and performs somewhat similarly but at practically half the price.

MAC Prep+Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base (P1,250 at MAC counters). This fairly new product from the brand’s Prep+Prime range is great at keeping your eye makeup on point. Though quite balmy in texture, it’s easy to spread on lids, giving a soft and smooth canvas for eyeshadow to cling to.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer (P2,450 at MUFE stores).  While MUFE’s Step 1 Skin Equalizers come in a variety of finishes and effects, we especially love their Radiant Primers because of how they make skin look lit from within while maintaining a matte finish. The Blue variant also helps to tone sallow complexions. It feels super light but helps makeup to stay put.

Benefit The Porefessional Matte Rescue (P1,600 at Benefit stores). This lightweight, water-based primer comes in a gel formulation that leaves skin looking naturally matte. It also minimizes the appearance of pores, thanks to the pore-blurring effect of diamond powder! This is great for oily skin as well, due to the light texture.

Lancôme La Base Pro Hydra Glow Makeup Primer (P1,900 at Lancôme counters). Giving skin a bright, dewy glow is this primer’s ticket to fame. And thanks to the inclusion of skincare actives such as hyaluronic acid in the formula, skin actually feels plumper and looks more luminous.

Shiseido Glow Enhancing Primer (P1,750 at Shiseido counters). This light, hydrating primer gives subtle radiance to any foundation, which Liz raved about here! It also contains ingredients that promote a more even skin tone, such as peony root and lempuyang ginger. It even offers SPF15 for a bit of sun protection if you aren’t going out for too long.

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Inglot Duraline (P895 at Inglot stores). Though more of a mixing medium than a primer, this clear liquid intensifies the color of any powder and transforms them into a water-resistant formula. This also works great when mixed with a bit of eyeshadow to create your own waterproof eyeliner!

Do take note that apart from the Inglot Duraline, wearing these primers won’t make the makeup you wear on top of them water-resistant. They will help them to stay on longer and add a nice glow to your complexion but if you want to be completely weather-proof, you’ll need to amp your look with products that could survive a deluge.

Did we miss out any of your favorite rain- and sweat-resistant primers? What are your tried and tested makeup picks that can survive getting rained on?