You could use the most expensive foundation or slather on the best quality face primer, but if you aren’t prepping your skin before applying makeup, we are sorry to say, but all your efforts will be wasted.

Here’s the deal – for your makeup to look skin-like and non-cakey, skin prep (read: lots of moisturiser) is an absolute essential. It prevents your base makeup from clinging to your skin and enhancing the dry and flaky areas on your skin and ensures that your makeup glides on smoothly and blends seamlessly. So, now that you know just how important it is to use a moisturiser before putting on makeup, here’s a list of five of our favourite ones that will change the game for you!

 

01. Lakme Absolute Hydra Pro Gel Crème - Dry Skin

01. Lakme Absolute Hydra Pro Gel Crème - Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, the foundation can cling to the dry and flaky patches of your face, and end up accentuating them. This can look super unappealing. But the Lakme Absolute Hydra Pro Gel Crème is here to solve this problem. Enriched with hyaluronic acid and Pentavitin (a 100% natural moisturiser), this moisturiser improves water retention by locking in hydration for up to 72 hours. This is a great moisturiser to add some bounce to ageing, mature skin as well.

 

02. Ponds Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel - Combination Skin

02. Ponds Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel - Combination Skin

Choosing the right moisturiser for combination skin can feel like such a task. You need something hydrating enough, but also lightweight at the same time. Confusing, right? Not if you have the Ponds Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel handy. Infused with vitamin E and glycerine, this moisturiser nourishes and repairs skin from deep within. Additionally, the non-oily, non-sticky and lightweight formula provides nourishment without the greasy feeling, making it perfect for combination skin types.

 

03. Dermalogica Calm Water Gel sensitive skin

03. Dermalogica Calm Water Gel sensitive skin

Picking the right moisturiser to wear under makeup for sensitive skin can be challenging. If you are looking for something that calms your skin, while soothing and moisturising it, look no further than the Dermalogica Calm Water Gel. Formulated with skin-loving and moisturising ingredients such as apple fruit extracts, aloe vera, cactus pear stem and glycerine, this weightless water-gel moisturiser works wonders to calm irritated, angry and severely sensitive skin in an instant.

 

04. Simple Daily Skin Detox Ultra Light Liquid Moisturiser - Oily Skin

04. Simple Daily Skin Detox Ultra Light Liquid Moisturiser - Oily Skin

If you don’t already use a moisturiser for your oily, acne-prone skin, then it is time you start today with the Simple Daily Skin Detox Ultra Light Liquid Moisturiser. This moisturiser is specially formulated for girls with oily, acne-prone and comes with ingredients like zinc, thyme and witch hazel. The fast-absorbing and non-greasy formula delivers a smooth, matte finish, ensuring that your skin stays supple and hydrated beneath the layers of makeup.