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3 Tips On Making Makeup Last All Day In Singapore’s Hot Weather – From A Top Makeup Artist

Sick of your foundation slipping and sliding off your face before lunchtime?

Don’t throw in the towel (or is that sponge) just yet! Put your best face forward with these tips from Dior’s International Pro artist Han Chew for almost-nude skin that will stay fresh and flawless until sundown.

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1. Patience and priming make for perfection.

It’s all about the base, baby. Get your fundamentals right by prepping your skin with a luminising lotion, and you’re well on the way to long-lasting foundation.

Oh, and Han’s ace advice to preventing “pilling”, or the phenomenon for when your cosmetics clump up into small little spheres on your skin? Give your face some time after each step to fully absorb each layer before adding the next: “If your fingertips feel damp when you press them into your face, give the product another minute, then test again.” Duly noted!

Try: Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Refining Base SPF 25 PA++ ($86). The polymers lock in pigments for up to 16 hours, and the cushion-ey consistency makes for supremely comfortable wear in sweltering Singapore. The universally flattering flush is fantastic on bare skin as a brightening base, and on no-makeup makeup days, this primer alone should suffice.

2. Concoct a custom complexion cocktail.

Bewitched, bothered and bewildered from the heatwave blighting sunny Singapore? Han suggests cooling off by sheering out your facepaint for a slinky, lingerie-like finish.

Mixing different textures together for a tailored flesh-toned fit is a favourite trick of backstage pros like Han, and it isn’t all that complicated. “Water down” your foundation with your go-to-serum. Doing this should give you that elusive Goldilocks balance between natural-looking coverage and dewiness that won’t cake or settle into fine lines to boot.

But first, prep your skin with a protective emulsion!

Try: Dior One Essential City Defense SPF 50 ($95). Alteratively, mix this in with your favourite foundation to get your custom-made tinted moisturizer.

3. Less is best.

Quick note on application: Fingers are fine, but blending with a brush works best. Han recommends pumping your product onto the back of your non-dominant hand, then taking the brush and using stippling motions to buff outwards – “stippling” being fancy vernacular for “dotting”.

Take it from the pro himself: “Dab your makeup on bit by bit and you should be able to get away with using as little product as possible, and this in turn will prevent the excess foundation from flaking off on the surface of the skin.”

Allowing a sexy glimpse of your real skin to glimmer through will lend you that softly diffused, is-she-or-isn’t-she look. This gentle graduation also blurs out any discernible demarcation between your face and decolletage, which is always a good thing.

Aaaand we’re done!

Beauty class dismissed! Congrats on successfully laying the “foundation” of any makeup routine, and good luck keeping your game-face on!

By Eugene Quek, HerWorldPlus, 3 May 2016

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