A good primer, by definition, is the key to a perfect and long-lasting canvas. So, what’s better than a tube that promises to keep your base in place? Answer: primers that illuminate, blur, and improve your overall complexion—even without actual makeup. Sure, they don’t give you the coverage of foundation and other tinted products, but they do give your skin an extra boost when it’s looking pretty good. Below, check out 5 different primers that can be worn alone with excellent results.

1. Heimish Artless Glow Base SPF50+ PA+++, P1,099
This multi-performance primer has three different functions—which makes it ideal for no-fuss girls. Its nourishing formula softens and smoothens the skin with regular use. It’s powered by SPF50 to protect against harmful UV rays. And to top it all off, it leaves a subtle but noticeable glow. Yay!

2. Ellana Blur Makeup Primer, P599
For folks who want to fight shine and obscure imperfections, this silicone-based primer will do the trick. It paves over large pores and uneven skin texture, leaving behind this “your-face-but-better” finish. Bonus: it’s lightweight and perfect for hot, humid weather.

3. Dewytree Pure Veil Pearl Cream, P949
This pink-tinted primer offers a boost of radiance you might be lacking on bleary mornings. Apply a thin layer all over the face to energize your skin. Or, dab a tiny bit over the high points of your face, just like you would a highlighter. Suffice it to say, you’ll look like you’ve gotten a week’s worth of beauty sleep.

4. Banila Co. Prime Primer Sun, P1,090
To say this primer is an overachiever would be an understatement. It primes, subtly corrects, and shields the skin with SPF50. Plus, it helps soothe reddened skin with white freesia extract! Just be sure to reapply it to maximize its many benefits.

5. BONUS! Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Primer, P1,400
A tinted lash primer is the next best thing to mascara. This particular formula defines, separates, and lightly tints your fringe. It won’t be as intense as your volumizing lash ink, but it will boost your lash length with a couple of swipes. Have we mentioned it lasts all day?

Top photo: Heimish

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