6 hot tips to heat-proof your makeup

Singapore’s heat and humidity are no laughing matter – here’s how to keep your makeup from melting in the tropics.

6 hot tips to heat-proof your makeup
6 hot tips to heat-proof your makeup
06 Jun 2017

6 hot tips to heat-proof your makeup

Let’s face it, Singapore’s 35 °C weather and 100-percent humidity is going nowhere fast. In this climate, even staying in air-conditioning all day isn’t going to keep your makeup from patching up and sliding off your face if you aren’t careful. Here are our top tips to keep you looking fresh and grease-free, all day.

Tip 1: Stay Thin
Tip 1: Stay Thin
06 Jun 2017

Tip 1: Stay Thin

There’s no quicker way to cake-face than to pile on loads of makeup. However many products you apply, keep the layers light and thin – it will wear better throughout the day. Keep this in mind throughout your makeup routine.

When it comes to lightweight foundations, we love the MAC Face & Body Foundation as well as the Make Up For Ever Water Blend – both have ultra-thin formulas that are transfer-resistant (and therefore sweat-resistant).

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation, $72
M.A.C Face and Body Foundation, $55 for 50ml

Tip 2: Make primer your new best friend
Tip 2: Make primer your new best friend
06 Jun 2017

Tip 2: Make primer your new best friend

Whether you have dry, oily, or even normal skin, a makeup primer can help to colour-correct any areas of discolouration (purple bags under your eyes, redness around the nose, or general skin dullness), smooth over dry patches or open pores, and slow down the over-production of oil and sebum that will cause your face to look like the bottom of a frying pan by the end of the day. We love the multi-tasking Hourglass Mineral Veil primer, as it suits all skin types and a little bit goes a long way.

Also, if you have oily eyelids, your eyeshadow will thank you if you use a primer underneath. The Urban Decay Primer Potion isn’t a makeup artists’ favourite for nothing. People who are brow-conscious, on the other hand, will want to invest in Benefit’s Browvo! Conditioning Eyebrow Primer, which will both keep your brows on and help encourage sparse brow hairs to grow.

Benefit Browvo Conditioning Eyebrow Primer, $49
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $82, from Sephora

 

Tip 3: Set Everything
Tip 3: Set Everything
06 Jun 2017

Tip 3: Set Everything

Setting your makeup with powder will help it last far, far longer than if you had skipped it. We’re partial to Laura Mercier’s Translucent Powder, which lends a truly invisible veil to makeup and helps it to resist fading for hours.

By this point, the makeup junkies will have also heard of the ubiquitous term ‘baking your makeup’, which is a technique that comes from drag queens and theatre performers who need their makeup to stay on after hours under hot stage lights. To ‘bake’, take any damp sponge, dip it generously in powder and stamp it onto the parts you wish to bake – generally, this will be areas where makeup is prone to creasing, which will differ from person to person (although the undereye and sides of the nose are the usual suspects). Then, dust off the excess powder with a brush or clean parts of the sponge, until no more powder is visible.

If you need extra help for your makeup to last through a sweaty day (or night), go for a makeup setting spray. The gold standard these days is Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray, which has seen us though many all-nighters.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $67
Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, $48

Tip 4: Wade into waterproof
Tip 4: Wade into waterproof
06 Jun 2017

Tip 4: Wade into waterproof

There’s nothing like a purpose-made waterproof product to sweat-proof your face. This sealant from Make Up For Ever is like liquid steel. Use it as a topcoat over liquid eyeliner to keep it from smudging or mix it with an eyeshadow pigment to make a cream eyeshadow or eyeliner that will last all day.

We also like to use the Etude House Oh My Lash #01 Top Coat as mascara and eyebrow insurance – the waterproof formula coats everything nicely and holds it in place until you remove it. It’s an absolute lashsaver.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal, $46
Etude House Oh My Lash Topcoat, $7

Tip 5: Get tough with stains
Tip 5: Get tough with stains
06 Jun 2017

Tip 5: Get tough with stains

There are only two things on this earth that will stay on your lips after a morning croissant and coffee – liquid lipstick, and lip stains. Liquid lipstick will stay on for several hours, but they’re not well suited to the gradient lip trend that Korean celebrities have made oh so popular, as they don’t sheer out very well. For maximum versatility, a lip stain is your best bet.

The best lip stain we’ve found is the Peri Pera Ink Velvet, a matte lip stain that will still be on your lips this time next week. It’s got a matte texture for that on-trend look, and you can apply it all over your lips for a classic pinup-girl look or blend it out for a softer finish. Inglot’s innovative Duraline is a clear liquid that can transform any powder makeup into a waterproof liquid form, giving you more bang for your buck.

Peri Pera Ink Velvet, price unavailable
Inglot Duraline, $30

Tip 6: Blot, blot, and blot again.
Tip 6: Blot, blot, and blot again.
06 Jun 2017

Tip 6: Blot, blot, and blot again.

Seasoned makeup junkies will know that one great way to keep your lipstick looking fresh is to apply one layer, blot away excess (which will take away most of the emollience), and then apply a second layer if more pigment is needed. The same principle applies for your foundation – apply one thin layer, blot with one ply of tissue, and apply a second thin layer sparingly if needed.

Also, even if you got your makeup done by a professional makeup artist every day, there is no way that it would look freshly applied after 8 hours. That’s why even celebrities often have their makeup artists on hand for touch-ups. For the rest of us, we’ll just have to blot it up. Do not simply add powder, that will lead to caking. You can do it the old-fashioned way and simply press blotting paper (we like the ones from Tatcha) onto oily areas to absorb excess sebum, or you could opt for the modern method and use the Beautyblender Blotterazzi, which will absorb the excess oils without disturbing the pigments. Just be sure to wash the sponge regularly so that it doesn’t breed bacteria.

Beauty Blender Blotterazzi, $34, from Sephora
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Paper, price unavailable

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