Say goodbye to streaky, cakey, or patchy makeup by midday – these top tips will keep you looking fresh till you get home.
Smooth your skin’s surface
Makeup doesn’t adhere well on skin that’s dry and rough. That’s why it important to create a smooth canvas before application. And what better way to soften skin instantly than to get rid of dead skin cells that are causing it to be rough? You can try the Alpha-H Micro Cleanse Super Scrub ($55 for 100ml) which combines both chemical and physical exfoliants to ensure that your complexion is immediately smoother, brighter and clearer. With 12 per cent glycolic acid, it gently dissolves the glue that holds dead skin cells onto the skin surface. At the same time, jojoba beads lift these dead skin cells, sweeping them away to refine skin texture so wrinkles and large pores look smaller over time.
After ridding the skin of all that gunk, it’s time to replenish it with moisture so skin surface stays smooth and plump all day long. Try Tata Harper Illuminating Moisturizer ($116 for 30ml), which has a silky texture that’s non-greasy and keeps skin supple. Formulated with hyaluronic acid of varying molecular sizes, it penetrates different layers of skin to create moisture reservoirs in them while Buckbean Extract improves skin elasticity to minimise the signs of ageing. This pink-tinged moisturiser is also made with Diamond Dust so it reflects light to give skin a soft focus radiance.
Choose the right primer
We all know the benefits of incorporating a primer step in your makeup prep routine. When used correctly, a primer not only prolongs the wear of your makeup but it can also act as an additional layer to hydrate and plump dry skin, brighten dull skin, or mattify shine-prone skin. If you’re unsure, go for an all-in-one primer like Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer ($72 for 20g). It has a silky balm-like texture that glides seamlessly onto skin to smooth skin surface and minimise the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores. At the same time, it also absorbs excess shine so your complexion stays satiny matte all day long.
(Also read: 8 Best Primers To Use According To Your Skin Type)
Go for a long-lasting foundation
With the mind-boggling array of foundation available in the market today, there’s no doubt that anyone can find something that suits their skin type or their preferred coverage. If you want a foundation that withstands heat, sweat, water and humidity, all you have to do is get your hands on Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation ($65 for 50ml). Inspired by a high-performance professional formula used by makeup artists, this do-it-all foundation has been tested and approved by Dior makeup artists for its waterproof formula and long-lasting wear. Thanks to its fluid texture and buildable coverage, you can apply it sparingly for a sheer glow, or layer on more product for a picture-perfect coverage without it feeling or looking heavy. Plus, it gives a second-skin finish that’s naturally luminous and is virtually undetectable on the skin. We also love that it is available in a wide range of colours to flatter all skin tones.
Set your makeup
One mistake that women often make is skipping the step of setting makeup, especially those with use liquid foundation and concealers. While your makeup might look fresh and radiant in the morning as you head off for work, your skin starts to produce sebum and becomes exposed to environmental hazards which can gradually cause makeup to melt and fade. To prevent that from happening, you should always set your makeup with loose powder. Try By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder ($89 for 10g). With an ultra-fine, micro-aerated texture, dusting a light layer of this loose powder is like dusting an invisible hydrating veil over the skin as it allows the skin to breathe since it doesn’t create a flat matte layer. Made with micronised hyaluronic acid and silica microbeads, it sets makeup without a chalky finish and infuses skin with moisture. It also helps regulate sebum production so skin looks velvety.
Keep oil blotters on hand
If all else fails, be sure to keep face blotters like Boscia Black Charcoal Blotting Linens ($15 for 100 sheets) in your purse to soak up excess sebum. Made from 100 per cent natural Abaca Tree fibre, these blotting sheets are perfect for eliminating shine without ruining makeup. Moreover, they are infused with black bamboo charcoal to absorb toxins, purify pores, kill bacteria and keep skin clear without causing any skin irritation.
(Also read: 9 Ways To Help Makeup Last Longer On Oily Skin)