NARS Thakoon SS16 Beauty Look 2

November 23, 2015

Sometimes, even something as straightforward as face primers might seem daunting. After all, they’re just meant to make your skin a better canvas for makeup, right? But in recent years, the market has seen the launch of primers that come in almost all colours of the rainbow (we’re only slightly exaggerating), and it can feel like you need superhuman memory to remember just what each colour does for your skin.

If there’s just one colour in particular to take note of, we’d say it’s purple. Purple counteracts sallow tones in the skin; “sallow” refers to unhealthy-looking yellow or brown tones in the skin, and since Asian skin has yellow undertones, any dullness will easily make it look sallow.

And that’s why purple primers are the quickest way to brighten the skin, especially Asian skin. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the options available out there, so brighter skin can be yours in a jiffy.

VDL Lumilayer Primer


We’ve talked about this primer quite a lot, but it’s because we really just like it that much. It might not be purple per se, but there are violet flecks in the iridescent white formula made from combining red and blue light pigments. These violet pigments are able to control the way light hits the face, so the skin appears more illuminated.

$36, available at VDL stores.


shu uemura Whitefficient UV Under Base Brightening Mousse SPF 30 PA++

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Only shu uemura does primer in mousse form, and this ones come in a pinkish-purple colour that promises to make the complexion rosier, while lightening dark spots gradually. The mousse can be easily blended into the skin, and it fills pores and fine lines to provide a smoother canvas for makeup to go on.

$68, available at shu uemura stores.


Lancôme La Base Pro Colour Corrector in Violet


The formula of the first colour-correcting primer in Lancôme’s La Base Pro range has been enriched with water to make it extra moisturising, while leaving a satin-like finish on the skin. The four shades in the collection (the other three are rose, corail and yellow) have been especially designed to suit Asian skin tones.

$68, available at Lancôme counters.


Giorgio Armani UV Master Primer Mauve SPF 30 PA+++ 

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This primer has gotten really popular because of its ability to leave a nicely glowing finish on the skin – the mauve version in particular has been a hit in Asia, since the purple tone does such a good job of correcting sallowness.

$65.40, available at The Shilla Duty Free at Changi Airport.  


Main image: Thakoon SS’16, courtesy NARS.