The unbearable heat on our sunny island often makes us wonder why we even put on makeup in the first place, only for it to melt off completely. We completely understand your pain and struggle (we feel it too), so here are some essential beauty tips and tricks for you (and your makeup) to survive in this heat.
Text: Alyssa Dhaliwal / Shape / July 2017
Additional text: Cheryl Lim
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Start with primer
You want the 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.
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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.
But first, cleanse
Cool down before you start looking sweaty. 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.
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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.
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.
Nail your nails
Most normal polishes cannot withstand the extreme Singapore weather. Gel manicures and pedicures are most resistant to such conditions, and can usually last up to six weeks.
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.
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