EXFOLIATE FOR BRIGHTER SKIN
Exfoliate about two days before a Very Important Event for brighter skin with a gentle peel, scrub or mask. Bobbi Brown’s Radiance Boosting Mask, $64, contains fine walnut grain beads and kaolin clay to slough off dead skin and absorb impurities, as well as sodium hyaluronate and orange oil to moisturise the skin.
Removing the layer of dead skin on the surface will allow your skin to better absorb products and make makeup application easier.
MOISTURISE AND PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Exfoliation is important, but so is moisturising as makeup will not sit well on dry and dehydrated skin.
Use lightweight and antioxidant-rich products like Innisfree’s Orchid Enriched Essence, $48, which will help to fight against potential environmental damage and keep your skin moisturised – but not greasy – since you’ll be out under the hot sun doing visits all day.
USE THIN LAYERS
Less is more when it comes to base makeup application, so apply your foundation in a thin layer to create a natural finish. If foundation is applied too thickly, it will cake up in humid weather.
BE STRATEGIC WITH MAKEUP APPLICATION
You don’t need to wear a full face of makeup to look polished. Just apply concealer where you need a little bit of “help”: Acne spots, redness around the nose and the circles under the eyes. Experiment with colour correctors, too – you’ll need a lot less concealer when you layer it over a corrector.
PRIME AND SET
A primer will help to control oil, smoothen pores and help makeup to last for a longer period of time. Likewise, set your makeup with a light layer of loose powder on the T-zone and areas where you’ve applied your concealer – budge-proof in a jiffy.
Make Up For Ever’s Skin Equalizer in Smoothing, $68, is great for blurring out pores and controlling oil, while YSL Beaute’s Instant Moisture Glow, $79, helps to create a smooth and hydrated base for combination-to-dry skin types.
BLOT WITH A TISSUE INSTEAD OF ADDING MORE POWDER
It’s easy to think that touching up oily-looking areas with powder will take away excess oil on the skin and help you to maintain a flawless finish. But it can actually cause makeup to look patchy and uneven. Makeup artist Dollei Seah says that blotting oily-looking areas with a piece of tissue is enough to take away unwanted shine.
If you must add a product on top, use a sponge like Beauty Blender’s Blotterazzi and lightly dab it onto your skin.
KEEP A FACIAL MIST CLOSE BY
All the eating, drinking and switching between air-conditioned and humid environments can dehydrate the skin and bring about a dull appearance. Keep a facial mist on hand and apply it at intervals to help freshen your makeup and ensure that your skin looks healthy and plump.
One that we’ve been obsessed with is Shiseido’s Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, $45, which is a refreshing gel spray that hydrates and cools the skin. It helps to prevent excess shine on the skin, too.
SLEEPING MASKS ARE GREAT FOR KEEPING YOUR SKIN RADIANT & HYDRATED
A rule that no beauty junkie should forget – always remove your makeup before going to bed. But that doesn’t mean you need to go through an extended skincare routine just to maintain a radiant complexion. (Who has time to use a sheet mask at three in the morning with a full schedule the next day?)
Invest in a good leave-on mask like Shiseido’s Ibuki Sleeping Mask, $60, that’ll help to repair and regenerate your skin overnight – no one will be able to tell that you’ve only slept four hours the night before!
Text: Sabrina Tiong, Her World Plus / Additional Reporting Arissa Ha