The best makeup base for your skin

The key to long-lasting makeup is a good primer. Less is always more for makeup, since a good foundation lets radiant skin shine through. In a hot and humid tropical country like Singapore, a little primer goes a long way in maintaining the integrity of your makeup, throughout the day, especially when it promises to deliver skincare benefits as well! In creams, gel and powder forms, a makeup primer acts as a base that allows face makeup such as foundation to go on the skin smoother and to last longer.

Instead of reaching for any makeup primer that crosses your eye, it is important to do a little research. When choosing makeup primers or any other form of skin moisturisers, it helps to look down the ingredient list. Most primers are predominantly based on silicones. Dimethicone, for example, is a silicone-based polymer known for its ultra smoothing effect. According to Dr. Teo Wan Lin, consultant dermatologist at TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre, “It is a myth that silicones are bad for skin, or that it clogs pores, for those struggling with cystic acne and other skin conditions and wondering if their makeup base is causing further skin issues”. However, Dr. Teo says, it is far more important to look for real skin nourishing ingredients in any product, as whatever you apply on your skin is absorbed and active ingredients such as glycerin, trigylcerides, anti-oxidant plant extracts, hyaluronic acid are components of a good face primer/makeup base that also functions as an excellent workhorse for skin repair. Besides, as cosmetics and skincare are not regulated by the FDA or the HSA, it’s advised that consumers do thorough brand research, go with a dermatologist recommended brand to avoid chances of exposure to skin sensitising ingredients, that can cause allergies. To avoid such skin complications or allergic reactions, Dr. Teo recommends also to do a test over the inner aspect of your arm with a small amount of any new product, wait for a day before applying anything on your face.

In this day and age, we believe makeup primers should do more than just keeping the foundation on. Enter the era of makeup that blends with skincare. It’s about truly imparting a skin-nourishing glow, so that with each application your skin drinks up the nutrients and sets your skin for perfect dewy makeup.  Our advice? Get a makeup base that can do both. Dr. TWL Dermaceuticals’ Radiance Fluidé™ Hydrating Emulsion doubles up as both an effective moisturiser and makeup base. It is highly raved by Canadian celebrity makeup artist Andrea Claire, who’s using it for achieving a dewy glow on her beauty editorials.  Formulated with active ingredients such as amino acids for skin repair, oligopeptides for anti-aging properties and niacinamide for a brightening effect, there is no other makeup base like ours. Radiance Fluidé™ Hydrating Emulsion is the perfect lightweight makeup base for those looking for a radiant and dewy glow.