When it comes to makeup and skincare, we’ve all made our fair share of beauty mistakes in the pursuit of better skin or a flawless makeup finish. The key is to find a solution to them. We asked makeup artist Larry Yeo, who has 17 years of experience in the beauty industry, to weigh in on how you should really be caring for your skin.
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Mistake #1: Skipping Sunscreen Because You Work Indoors And It Is Cloudy
The Truth: UV rays penetrate the clouds and even glass windows. Larry says, “As long as the sun rises, the sunscreen goes on.” Moreover, UV damage is accumulative, which means that while you won’t be able to notice any immediate changes to your skin immediately, you’ll pay the price in a few years.
The Solution: If applying sunscreen is a hassle and you dislike layering multiple products under your makeup because that makes your skin feel sticky or oily, you’ll definitely love Sunplay Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence SPF50+ PA++++, $27.90 for 80g. It has a lightweight texture and spreads easily over skin to deliver maximum UV protection while feeling like nothing at all. And it has a colour-correcting lavender tint that helps counter sallowness so your complexion looks brighter and more luminous. Plus, it also combines vitamin C and fruit extracts for added skincare benefits. It is even resistant to water and sweat but yet can be easily removed with facial cleanser.
Mistake #2: Confusing Brightening Products
The Truth: Many women are so obsessed with brightening or anti-spot products that they layer several products at once. The bottom line is if a product claims to enhance skin brightness and even out skin tone, it is a pigmentation control product. Instead of layering multiple products at one go, you should focus on just one or two well-formulated products. Alternatively, you can have one for the day and another for the night.
The Solution: In the mornings, use Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster, $68 for 20ml, either alone or mixed into your moisturiser. Formulated with 15 per cent pure vitamin C, it not only effective against melanin production but also works to improve collagen synthesis and provide antioxidant benefits.
In the evenings, switch to SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector, $198 for 30ml. Made with an exclusive blend of gentle, yet highly potent active ingredients, it speeds up cellular turnover and minimise skin discolouration for a smooth and even-toned complexion.
Mistake #4: Piling On Too Much Blush
The Truth: You should always put just enough product to give that natural flush because “it is called a blush, not a slap”, Larry says.
The Solution: To avoid being too heavy-handed, tap off excess product from the brush (if you’re using a powder blush) before sweeping it onto your cheeks. Opt for a long-wearing formula, like NARS Blush, $50. Its powder texture melds into skin seamlessly and lasts through heat, perspiration and humidity. To further enhance the longevity of results, you can try layering the powder over a cream blush. Have some pressed powder on hand so you can use it to reduce the intensity of the blush if you accidentally go overboard. And always do your makeup in a well-lit space so you can accurately gauge how it looks.
Mistake #3: Applying More Foundation In The Morning So Makeup Lasts Longer
The Truth: Larry claims this belief is akin to thinking adding more cement to a structure will keep it standing during an earthquake, adding, “we all know it takes more than that”. Overdoing it with your foundation will only result in makeup looking thicker and heavier.
The Solution: You should use foundation to even out skin tone, and for spots that require more coverage, use concealer. Larry also adds that if your foundation doesn’t last, you might be applying too much skincare, to the point that it sits on the surface of the skin and causes makeup to slide when applied over. To avoid this, you should use just enough skincare to keep skin hydrated and plump. And opt for a long-lasting liquid foundation like MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation, $56 for 30ml, which provides all-day coverage that doesn’t fade or budge. MAC Cosmetics’ formula also helps regulate shine.
Mistake #5: Applying Too Much Primer To Make Foundation Last Longer
The Truth: Less is definitely more when it comes to primer because all you need is a thin layer between your skin and your foundation. This barrier prevents sebum and perspiration from mixing with your foundation, which keeps it looking fresh and radiant all day. If you use too much primer, it might end up pilling when you apply your foundation—never a good look.
The Solution: As with foundation application, a little goes a long way for primers too. Use no more product than the size of a small raisin, because primers tend to contain silicones (which are not absorbed by skin) in order to create that barrier. Applying a thick layer causes pilling rather than actually making foundation last. Try Guerlain Météorites Base, $107 for 30ml, which has a light gel-like texture that illuminates, smooths and perfects the appearance of your complexion.