Maintaining a grease-free complexion in Singapore’s weather is a hard task. The stifling hot weather coupled with the humidity here ensures that by lunch time, you’ll look like a shiny disco ball. However, with the use and the help of the right products, you can minimise your touch-up trips to the restrooms. Scroll through our gallery to look at our tips and top products that can help produce that all-day matte finish.
#1 Garnier Pure Active Matcha Deep Clean Blackhead & Pore Purifying Clay Mask, $2 per pack
Late nights, irregular diet and well, almost zero workouts — these are just some of the many reasons why our skin misbehaves. Couple that with our hot-and-cool weather in Singapore, it’s no wonder our oil glands are in overdrive.
What the skin needs is a clarifying mask to dislodge all the dirt and grime that have been accumulated overtime in our pores.
Garnier’s new deep cleansing mask features kaolin clay and matcha extract to curb excess sebum and cut inflammation. It’s also made with an onsen warming effect that acts like a great unwinding option at the end of a tiring workday.
The results: Skin is left clean and fresh instead of dull and wan.
Available at Guardian, Watsons, Unity and selected hypermarkets and supermarkets.
#2 277 Calming Acne Cleanser, $80 for 100 ml
If we were to name the most important step in our daily skincare, we’ll say it’s the cleansing part. After all, if our pores are constantly filled with dirt and grime, a myriad of problems will follow later (think blemishes, enlarged pores and overall dullness).
This oil- and dirt-bursting cleanser contains AHA, BHA and enzymes to melt away any impurities that have been accumulated on the face throughout the day. What that really means is that you’ll find your face smoother, brighter and cleaner than before.
Available exclusively at Skin Concierge.
#3 Albion Infinesse Serum Peeling, $100 for 100 ml
Not a fan of scrubs because it feels like rubbing your face with sandpaper? Us too.
Thankfully, there’s the new Albion Infinesse Serum Peeling. Inspired by chemical peels, this skin refining serum is engineered to sweep away stubborn blackheads and free clogged pores.
How? Simply swipe it across your skin post wash by using a cotton pad and you’ll notice a brighter complexion staring back at you in the mirror.
Available from October 1, 2017 at Albion Takashimaya and Metro Centrepoint.
#4 Hada Labo Blemish & Oil Control Hydrating Lotion, $22.90 for 170 ml
Because of the hot and humid weather here in Singapore, we know how oil and dirt will have the upperhand. But with proper skincare, they won’t have a chance at wreaking havoc on our skin.
This lightweight lotion contains a cocktail of very scientific sounding ingredients like Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate and Tranexamic Acid (quite a mouthful, huh?).
In short, this bottle promises to address redness, swelling, irritations and inflammations — all of which are skin woes that most of us will have to endure daily.
Available at Guardian, Watsons, selected NTUC FairPrice, Sasa and selected departmental stores.
#5 Yves Saint Laurent Beaute All Hours Foundation, $98 for 25 ml
We’re pretty sure a lot of us can relate to this scene: With a full day of work and personal appointments, we often find ourselves going to the restroom for a quick touch-up. Frankly, it’s a darn tiring thing to keep doing.
So YSL must have heard our prayers for a long-wearing foundation that requires minimal complexion checks throughout the day.
Its new All Hours Foundation boasts a 24-hour lasting formula that cuts shine, masks pores and leaves a matte and natural finish. Sometimes, wishes do come true!
Available in 22 shades at Tangs.
#6 13rushes Universal Do-It-All Face brush, $39.90
Makeup brushes can be a little difficult to navigate especially when you don’t have a makeup artist on your speed dial to answer all your queries. But fret not, there’s a new brush in town; it’s the brainchild of celebrity makeup artist Larry Yeo and 13rushes founder Tay YuHui.
Called the Universal Do-It-All brush, it’s pretty much a multi-purpose tool to add to your shopping cart now. What does it do exactly?
It’s a brush that can be used to apply sunscreen, primer, foundations, blusher, bronzer, contours, highlighter and finishing powder. The angled brush is shaped like our thumbs, replacing the need to use fingers to apply makeup.
Available at 13rushes.com.
#7 Sisley Phyto-Sourcils Design, $75
We know how important our brows are; they’re our perfect face-framers that can change our appearances dramatically. So it’s only fair that they deserve our daily attention too.
Most eyebrow pencils come with a brush and angular pencil tip. But the new Sisley Phyto-Sourcils Design goes a step further by including a highlighter, replacing the need for multiple brow products.
And it’s very easy to use; simply brush your brows, fill in the empty spots using the triangular pencil tip and swipe on some highlights under the arches of each brow to create a ‘lifted’ and natural look. We’re definitely making this a mainstay in our makeup bags and it’ll travel with us to wherever we go.
Available in three shades, from October 2017 at all Sisley counters.
#8 LANEIGE Ideal Blush Duo, $39
On the days when you decide to skip heavy makeup, but still long for a natural blush, we’ll recommend using the new LANEIGE Ideal Blush Duo.
Each kit contains two colours specially matched to help us achieve a fresh and #IWokeUpLikeThis glow.
It’s also formulated with a Cross-linking Binder system which makes this blusher extra long-lasting when applied onto the face. It also promises to stay even when there’s sweat and sebum on the skin.
Available at all LANEIGE boutiques and counters.
#9 NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment, $40
You know how some lippies need multiple coats before they finally show on your lips? Nobody has time (and patience) for that especially when we’re rushing to the office in the morning.
Reach for the new NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment and trust us, you’ll have none of that nonsense.
Its dense pigments appear promptly with every swipe and its matte formula feels comfortable for all-day wear. As if these aren’t already attractive enough, NARS has gone a step further by calling the colours Get It On, Give It Up, Save The Queen and Wild Night.
There’s nothing we don’t like about these names.
Available from September 2017 at NARS counters.
Text: Hayden Ng, HerWorldPlus / Additional text: Cheryl Lim