A good base can certainly make or break your entire makeup look! Unfortunately for all of us here in Singapore, it can be quite challenging to get our makeup to stay in place in the sweltering heat and humidity.
If you’re sweating your makeup off before the end of everyday, arm yourself with these tips and products for a longer lasting makeup base.
Firstly, always remember to moisturise! This step is especially important if you have dry skin to retain moisture levels and helps soften your skin so products that you apply after this to adhere well to your skin.
Of course, you want to stay away from heavy, oil-based moisturisers that will cause makeup to slide off your skin. Instead, opt for a lighter choice like the L’occitane Aqua Reotier Ultra Thirst Quenching Gel.
This lightweight gel moisturiser is formulated with Reotier Spring Water and contains many micro-bubbles to instantly refresh your skin in the morning. It also contains 10 times more calcium than normal water to lock in the hydration!
L’Occitane Aqua Reotier Ultra Thirst Quenching Gel is available at all L’Occitane stores at SGD55 for 50ml.
If you have skin that tends towards the oilier side, try using the Bioderma Sebium Mat Control. This moisturiser promises all of the hydration, with none of the shine!
Containing mattifying micro powder and silicone, the Sebium Mat Control is a gentle moisturiser that controls excess oil with a matte finish while still moisturizing skin.
Bioderma Sebium Mat Control is available at all major drugstores at SGD36.90 for 30ml.
For slightly mature skin that is starting to display the first signs of aging, the Curel Aging Care Gel Cream is light enough as a day time moisturiser but is also full of ingredients that deeply hydrates to fight signs of ageing!
This gel moisturiser contains plenty of Ceramides to restore decreased flexibility in the epidermis and halts the formation of dryness-related fine lines and wrinkles!
The Curel Aging Care Gel Cream can be found at Watsons, at a price of SGD46.80 for 40ml.
For those really looking to fight wrinkles, the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler + Elasticity Day Cream is an everyday moisturiser that plumps up deep wrinkles without the use of actual fillers!
Apart from filling wrinkles up for a smoother base, this deeply nourishing cream also prevents foundation from settling into fine lines as well as provides SPF 15 sun protection for an overall youthful makeup look!
Next, a good primer is essential for helping your foundation last throughout the day. Primers serve a variety of purposes, from smoothing and moisturising to colour correcting.
Check out the latest Clarins SOS Primer – a variety of primers in different colours to choose from depending on your skin tone and type! Available in 6 different shades, the SOS primer combines pearls and soft-focus powders to illuminate skin and diminish imperfections.
Shade 00 in Universal Light, the leftmost in the picture above, is suitable for all skin tones and brightens up dullness for radiant glowing skin!
The Clarins SOS Primer is available at all Clarins counters and boutiques, and on their website at SGD56.
To ensure that your makeup look stays intact all-round, include the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Eye and Lip Primer that promises to keep your eyeshadow and lipstick on for up to 24 hours!
The Step 1 Eye and Lip Primer is the newest addition to their well-known Step 1 range of primers and smoothens out lips and eyelids for intense popping colours.
This product is priced at SGD39 and can be found at all Sephora outlets islandwide and Make Up For Ever boutiques.
3. Apply foundation
A long-lasting foundation suitable for your skin type may be difficult to find but so worth the search.
If you’re a fan of Laneige’s BB cushions, check out the Laneige Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base! This 2-in-1 cushion foundation consists of a concealer, which is to be applied first, and the actual foundation housed in a pretty rose gold casing.
Designed for durable coverage throughout the day, this new cushion foundation is bound to keep your makeup flawless!
If you struggle with sensitive skin, you might want to try out the new Vichy Dermablend Fluid Foundation, which assures 16 hours of high coverage even with perspiration and rubbing.
It’s hypoallergenic and its high coverage properties means this gentle but highly-pigmented foundation can be used to cover up skin conditions like rosacea and acne-prone skin!
The Vichy Dermablend Fluid Foundation is available in 6 shades and retails at SGD39.90 at selected Watsons stores.
Can’t find your shade in the above 2 foundations? Check out Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Shameless Youthful-Look 24-H Longwear Foundation instead!
With 29 different shades, you are bound to find the suitable shade for any skin tone.
This medium coverage foundation provides SPF 25 sun protection and hydrates your skin as well!
The Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Shameless Youthful-Look 24-H Longwear Foundation is available in Sephora at SGD74.
Looking to adopt a 100% natural green beauty regime? Consider switching to the Savvy Minerals Misting Spray! This special product is made all-natural products and contains 11 different types of essential oils like Sandalwood, which also helps with mineral powder application.
The Savvy Mineral Misting Spray enhances the coverage and colour payoff of mineral products, and also soothes and refreshes your skin (and soul) at the same time, making it the perfect addition to your makeup bag.
Purchase this item for SGD33.55 at Young Living Singapore in TripleOne Somerset or online.
Lastly, apply setting spray after finish your makeup to keep it in place throughout the day! Add some glamour to your final look with the Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Makeup Setting Spray.
For extra staying power, mist the setting spray once over face before makeup to hydrate and then once more after applying foundation for a long-lasting radiant look!