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Four make-up primers to keep your face fresh all day

Swipe Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics (HK$210) on your lids before applying eyeshadow to prevent creases and make the colours appear brighter and more pigmented. It also keeps kohl and pencil eyeliner from running.

Unlike most primers, which tend to feel dry on the skin, Giorgio Armani’s UV master primer (HK$450/30ml) is highly moisturising, easy to spread and offers SPF 40/PA+++ protection. In addition to covering pores, it is also colour-correcting and comes in three shades: pink, mauve and beige.

Pony Effect’s Ultimate Prep Primer (HK$218/35 grams) is available in three types – Original, Hydrate and Moisture Sebum Control. We found the first too dry and the second too runny, but the last one is perfect and delivers on the promise of keeping your T-zone oil free.

Last but not least, after finishing your make-up, set it with M.A.C’s Studio Fix Powder (HK$240). With traditional mineral-powder jars, it’s easy to pick up too much powder. But this one comes with a sifter: so simply tap your brush on it and you will pick up just the right amount.