Look hot, not sweaty
How to keep your makeup from melting off your face in the tropics? Check out these tips.
You want a base for your makeup to adhere to so that the Singapore heat doesn’t make it slide around as much. A long-wearing primer will do the best job at keeping your foundation intact.
NEXT: Focus on foundation →
Water-resistant and oil-free foundations are your best bet for keeping your makeup in place and your face looking shine-free. If you don’t want to use a heavy foundation, try tinted moisturisers or serum- and water-based foundations, which are less likely to cake on your face and settle into your fine lines when you perspire.
NEXT: But first, cleanse →
Cool down before you start looking hot. A quick mist of thermal spring water does wonders to cheat-cleanse plus lower the heat on the surface of your face. If you’re misting before touching up, use a fine mist so that it doesn’t ruin your makeup while using it.
NEXT: Waterproof EVERYTHING →
Hell-bent on wearing eyeliner and mascara? Make sure they’re waterproof so they don’t streak down your face when you sweat. When it comes to blush, a cream blush or tint is going to last better than a powder formula that might cake or get patchy.
NEXT: Set your face →
Setting powder is necessary for anything cream- or liquid-based so it doesn’t crease, but make sure it’s a lightweight translucent powder that won’t settle into lines. Top it off with a setting spray to seal everything in place. Try Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil-Control setting spray ($48, www.sephora.sg) to prevent greasiness.
NEXT: Nail your nails →
Most normal polishes cannot withstand the extreme Singapore weather. Gel manicures and pedicures (from $58), however, are more resistant to such conditions – and can last up to six weeks, according to the Limmy’s team at Limmy’s Nail and Beauty Lounge.
NEXT: Gentlemen, you too →
To keep unruly cuticles and nails and cracked skin at bay, guys are recommended to use Bellissima’s Gentlemen Services, including a Trim Shape + Shine Manicure ($32) and Pedicure + ½ Hour Massage ($48).
NEXT: Touch up regularly →
And before you do, blot your face to remove excess moisture or shine before you assess what else needs to be touched up. Clean up patches that look particularly greasy or cakey as well as anything that has been smeared.
NEXT: Tame your mane →
Maybe you think there’s nothing that can smoothen your frizzy hair in this heat and humidity. Consider Visage’s Brazilian Blowout (from $400). The two-hour process makes it easier to maintain your mane for months. Worth it!
NEXT: Start with primer →
By Alyssa Dhaliwal, The Finder (Issue 282), May 2017
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