How To Prevent Makeup Meltdown
The tropics can sometimes be unfriendly to make-up. The scorching hot sun and humid temperature is the perfect tandem for disastrous, cakey, and streaky makeup. And if you have oily or combination/oily skin like me, you're in bigger trouble.
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So how do you lock your makeup in place in spite of the hot weather? Sporting clean and protected skin is a given. You'll be needing more than that. Read on and find out how you can keep your makeup from going astray.
Although Toners are optional in a basic skin care routine, I must say that it really comes handy to someone who lives in the tropics, especially the Alcohol- based kind. Alcohol- based toners rid your pores of dirt and excess oil, and magically make its openings smaller. If your pores are squeaky clean, they're less likely to excrete excess oil. If you can't stand the dry feeling after swiping toner on your face, follow with your favorite moisturizer right after.
LAYERING IS NOT THE SOLUTION. BLOTTING IS.
Blotting oil from your face is much better than layering more makeup on. For one, it really gets rid of oil, whereas layering makeup on an oily part of your face just traps the excess oil in between your face and previous layer of makeup. Layering makeup for a couple of times in a day may clog and sabotage your pores. When oil starts to show, just blot them away.
Primers are made of wax, polymers, and silicone substances that help minimize the appearance of oil on your facial skin surface. It also helps fill in larger pore openings to prevent them from attracting dirt. I would recommend primers with Silicone and Mica in it, as they are proven to be effective in keeping oilies at bay, especially for people with combination/oily or excessively oily skin. If you do not have oily skin, Primers will still be of use to you because they're built to make makeup last.
SEALED WITH A SEALANT
Perspiration is a common body function for people who live in the tropics. I know you will all agree that in the Philippines, air- conditioning is not enough to keep us sweat- free. Beads of sweat that run on your eyes may cause your eyeliners and eyeshadows to streak, fade, and cake. If you perspire a lot, especially on the head area, make sure you fix your eyeliners and eyeshadows with a sealant.
THE REAL FINAL TOUCH
Generally, setting foundation with pressed powder is considered as the 'Final Touch' in makeup application. However, for very hot countries, a makeup sealer/makeup fixer would be the REAL final touch. Makeup fixers are meant to lock makeup in place. There will be minimal fading during wear, but it's not very significant. However, if you're using one, I would suggest that you use it around once or twice only as it can clog pores. Fixers and Sealants come handy in prolonged makeup wear.
OPT FOR MATTIFYING, OIL- FREE, AND LONG- WEARING BASES
If your makeup base is great, you wouldn't need the fixer/sealant anymore. There are a ton of matte, oil- free, and long- wearing makeup bases available in the market. So go ahead. Indulge.
MUST- HAVE: TINTED MOISTURIZERS
Tinted Moisturizers are best used in countries such as ours because it's lightweight and sheer. Almost all of them have SPF too to shield our skin from UVA and UVB rays. My favorite is Laura Mercier's Oil- Free Tinted Moisturizer. It amazingly conceals some minor facial marks without the heavy look and feel.
CHOOSE A GOOD SETTING POWDER
When choosing a setting powder, choose the ones with cosmetic- grade Mica or Silicone in it. As I've said, they're great oil absorbers. They keep your face oil- free longer. If you're into powder foundations, choose the non- creamy types, as they're less likely to run off. Just look for the words 'Matte' and 'Long- Wearing' on the labels.
Hope this helps! Feel free to add more. :D
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