7 moisturisers that you can wear under makeup for a flawless base

The best makeup primers you'll ever use

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / February 12 2024

When it comes to makeup application, the skin care you choose to layer underneath can make or break a look.

Be it the sunscreen you wear or the serums you stack on, the products you choose matter, especially your moisturiser.  

Why? Well, when you play your cards right your moisturiser isn't just a hydrating final step in your skin care routine, it can also double as a makeup primer.

In fact, many celebrity makeup artist's are loyal to just one or two moisturisers, which they always keep in their makeup kits to help prep the skin prior to makeup application. It's just that important.

Want to find the moisturiser you can add to your kit and trust with the same conviction as industry pros with their ride or die formulas? Keep reading, ahead you'll find seven moisturisers that wear well under makeup...

2024's top 3 moisturisers under makeup

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, $40, Bobbi Brown
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream, $98, Charlotte Tilbury
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, $34.99, Chemist Warehouse

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
from $40 at Bobbi Brown

Developed by makeup artist Bobbi Brown and beloved by industry professionals and influencers alike, Face Base provides nourishing and plumping hydration that's intended to improve the appearance of makeup. We think celeb makeup artist Nikki De Roest said it best when she said: "this magical cream is a moisturiser and primer in one. It feels so nourishing and creates a perfect canvas for foundation."

Key features:

Contains vitamins B, C, and E 
Enriched with hyaluronic acid, squalane, and shea butter
Hydrating and plumping
Smooths and preps skin for makeup

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Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Magic Cream
from $98 at Charlotte Tilbury

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury used the magic cream on her celebrity clients for years to prep their skin before they hit the red carpet. These days us regular folks can pick up a jar of the stuff to emulate the perfect skin synonymous with Tilbury's signature makeup looks. The formula includes skin smoothing and plumping peptides, vitamins C and E, rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid, frangipani flower extract, camellia oil, aloe vera and shea butter. 

Key features:

Improves the look and feel of skin 
Calms, balances and hydrates skin
Contains peptides, vitamins C and E, rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid, frangipani flower extract, camellia oil, aloe vera and shea butter

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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré
from $34.99 at Chemist Warehouse

A go-to for makeup artists like Pat McGrath and Lisa Eldridge, this French pharmacy favourite is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, which help to nourish and hydrate skin. The multi-purpose formula can also be used as a moisturiser, makeup primer, makeup remover, face mask and aftershave.

Key features:

Enriched with essential fatty acids and vitamins
Nourishes and hydrates skin
Multi-purpose formula

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Augustinus Bader The Cream
from $454 at Augustinus Bader

Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubrof uses this exxy moisturiser on clients like Margot Robbie religiously prior to sending them down the red carpet. The industry first formula was developed by stem cell scientist Augustinus Bader and contains a complex that helps to strengthen and repair skin like no other. If you're after youthful skin that looks good in and out of makeup, this is the moisturiser to try. 

Key features:

TFC8® supports cellular renewal, stimulates collagen production, hydrates and soothes skin
Fragrance-free
Lightweight texture
Suitable for all skin types

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Olay Regenerist Whip Face Cream Moisturiser
from $29.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Lauded for its light as air texture and eight hour shine control, this budget-friendly moisturiser contains a slew of skin-loving ingredients and won't compromise your makeup throughout the day. It's enriched with niacinamide, peptides, carob extract and hyaluronic acid, which work to address signs of ageing in the skin. 

Key features:

Budget-friendly
Lightweight texture
Eight hour shine control
Contains niacinamide, peptides, carob extract and hyaluronic acid

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Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream
from $66 at Kiehl's

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic has always been loyal to Kiehl's when it comes to prepping his A-list client's skin (think: Kim Kardashian). Why is he such a fan of this simple moisturiser? It's sensitive skin friendly, lightweight and hydrates skin for up to 24 hours after application without ever feeling greasy. It helps to smooth and soften the complexion over time too. 

Key features:

Lightweight
Hydrates skin for up to 24 hours
Non-greasy
Smooths and softens skin
Sensitive skin friendly

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NIVEA Soft Moisturiser
from $9.99 at Chemist Warehouse​

Dubbed as a dupe for La Mer's face cream, this cheap and cheerful pick from Nivea helps to soften and smooth the complexion, plus, it keeps skin hydrated for up to 48 hours after application. It works on all skin types too, including dry and sensitive skin. It can be used all over the body but is especially useful as a facial moisturiser and makeup primer.

Key features:

Hydrates skin for 48 hours
Suitable for all skin types
Can be used on face, body and hands

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Got oily skin? These are the 8 best oil-free moisturisers for lightweight hydration.

Main image credit: @gracieabrams​

Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.

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