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You step out of the house looking flawless every morning, only to look into the mirror a couple of hours later and notice that your foundation appears cakey, your T-zone has gotten oilier, and your pores appear obvious once again.

If this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone! Living in a hot and humid climate like ours inevitably results in patchy or easily worn-off makeup.

Fret not, as we’ve got the best tips to help your base makeup appear fresh all day. Plus, we show you the best way to touch up your makeup without caking up your base.

The right way to achieve a shine-free face

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The biggest reason our makeup appears much less neat and airbrushed as it did in the morning is due to excess oil and sweat on our faces. At this point, you may be tempted to apply loose powder directly to the skin to fix it, but wait!

This makes your makeup appear even more blotchy, creates uneven patches, and subjects your powder puff to the unnecessary torture of picking up a large amount of oil and bacteria from your face.

Step 1: Blot away excess oil

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Instead, get an oil-blotting sheet or paper towel and lightly dab away excess oil on your skin. Avoid rubbing the area as this could remove the concealer and foundation!

Too Cool For School Artclass Blotting Paper

Too Cool For School Artclass Blotting Paper

This pact-style blotting paper is designed to maintain your makeup’s freshness all day long by gently removing excess sebum yet preserving your skin and makeup’s vitality.

Crafted entirely from eco-friendly Korean mulberry paper, these sheets help ensure minimal irritation to your skin while effectively eliminating excess oil and sebum. The built-in mirror and puff also make it convenient for touch-ups on the go!

Too Cool For School Artclass Blotting Paper retails for S$12.15. click on the link below for the most updated price.


Step 2: Apply a thin layer of powder

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Then, pat or dust on a thin layer of translucent power on the areas where you’ve just removed excess oil from so that your makeup appears natural and not too heavy. Remember that less is more when it comes to touching up your makeup.

How to tackle blotchy spots

If you notice that your skin appears particularly blotchy and powdery in certain areas, you should wipe off the remaining makeup and give your skin a hydration boost before reapplying anything else.

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To do so, dab on a small amount of cream-based moisturiser and remove your makeup at the affected spots using circular motions. If you don’t have any moisturisers on hand, you can also use a clear lip balm to remove your makeup.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF50+

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF50+

This fragrance-free and hypoallergenic moisturiser is designed to defend against five signs of skin sensitivity, including dryness, irritation, roughness, tightness and a weakened skin barrier.

Besides hydrating and nourishing the skin, it also provides SPF 50 protection against sun damage without leaving a heavy residue!

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF50+ retails for S$28. click on the link below for the most updated price.


Then, wait for it to absorb into your skin completely before reapplying concealer. This helps to guard against caking or flaking for the next couple of hours.

For an ultra-mattifying effect, you could also use a powderless setting powder, which helps to blur your pores and remove all noticeable shine from your face!

Related read: 17 best setting powders to help makeup stay intact under your mask

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