Chinese readers will be familiar with this scenario: you head out early in the morning with perfect makeup to go with your new dress for house-visiting during Chinese New Year. After walking several blocks to get to the right place, sitting in the crowded room (without air-conditioning) to enjoy steamboat followed by pineapple tarts, and then repeat these for another two more times that day…
You don’t need to get to the last house visit that day to find your makeup melting into a miserable mess that looked nothing like your #CNYOOTD photo.
Well, if these sound familiar, you’re on the right article. Here are foolproof tips that can keep your makeup intact all day, come what may.
1. Don’t skip on primer
Always apply a primer if you want your foundation to look good and last! People often overlook the effectiveness of a primer but applying a primer smoothens skin out to set a good base for your foundation and helps your foundation last longer. Certain primers also have colour-correcting properties that help cover up redness or brighten sallow complexion!
For a soft radiant look this lunar new year, try the POREfessional Pearl Primer from Benefit. This primer from the brand’s renowned POREfessional range promises smooth skin with a matte finish and a glowing pink complexion! The Benefit POREfessional Pearl Primer retails at SGD54, and is available at Benefit Westgate boutique and Sephora stores islandwide. Purchase it online at Sephora, Lazada & Zalora.
2. Use a long-wearing foundation
Of course, pick a long-wearing foundation that promises to stay on for the day, even throughout your steamboat sessions! Choosing a long-wearing foundation is imperative for your makeup to look on point – especially when you’re exposed to Singapore’s heat and humidity while house-visiting.
For a full-coverage look, try the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear 24H Foundation, a highly-raved about foundation in Europe and the United States, which is finally available in SIngapore. The foundation promises comfortable and sweat-proof wear for 24 hours without the need for touch-ups!
The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear 24H Foundation comes in 16 shades and is available at Sephora outlets islandwide, Lancome counters and boutiques and Sephora.sg at SGD68.
3. Set your makeup with powder
After applying your base, always set it with powder to prevent foundation from rubbing off. Setting powder also keeps your look matte as it absorbs excess oil and prevents the shine that comes along with foundation application. It also takes away the uncomfortable sticky feeling that some foundations leave on your skin!
The Laura Mercier Loose powder absorbs excess shine but still leaves you with a velvety finish and glowing complexion with it’s light-reflecting properties! Purchase the Laura Mercier loose setting powder at Robinsons online at SGD70 or at Laura Mercier counters.
4. Finally, use a setting spray!
After setting your makeup with powder, mist a setting spray over to help your makeup last even longer. Setting sprays act like a topcoat for your makeup, and seals in your makeup to prevent it from melting down in Singapore’s weather! Setting sprays can also moisturise your skin and give your skin a fresh dewy look.
For seriously budge-proof makeup, try the Urban Decay All Nighter Anti-Pollution Setting Spray. Formulated after the cult favourite All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, this new product from Urban Decay also shields your skin from environmental damage! The Urban Decay All Nighter Anti-Pollution Setting Spray is available at Sephora and Urban Decay boutiques at SGD52.
5. Choose waterproof eye makeup
Opt for a waterproof eyeliner and eyeshadow that are water-and-smudge-proof to prevent panda eyes! Waterproof makeup promises to stay on even if you get caught in the rain while out celebrating the new year.
For an intense and truly smudge-proof make up, try the MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Color Paint Extra Long Lasting Waterproof Shadow. The cream shadow offers long-lasting high colour intensity in both muted and vibrant colours!
The Aqua XL Color Paint is available at Sephora and at the MAKE UP FOR EVER boutique at OUE Downtown and MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Loft at Armenian Street.
6. Use a long-lasting lipstick
Of course, you can still expect to touch up on your lipstick especially after having some good, greasy Bak Kwa. But, a long-lasting lippie will still go a long way in ensuring that you look made up and put together for the new year!
Try the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick, with a wide range of 40 new colours in 3 different shades – Satin Matte, Glimmer and Metallic. The pure pigment formula in the lipstick delivers a rich texture with intense colour pay off for a comfortable, long lasting wear. Purchase the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick at SGD30 at Sephora.