Simply put, no one likes to spend a great deal of time painstakingly perfecting makeup — only to have it removed from our face a few hours later. However, with Bangkok’s typical heat waves, our makeup doesn’t tend to have the durability we need. To help you tackle the makeup fading dilemma, we figured we’ll save you time and clue you in on our long-lasting beauty secrets. While most people think wearing tons of cosmetics will keep our makeup in place, it actually requires the right products and ways to use them efficiently. Whether your foundation turns cakey or your concealer doesn’t make it past midday, here’re our tips and tricks to ensure a long-lasting makeup.
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1. Start with cleansers
Ensuring your look to last throughout the day actually begins long before you apply any makeup. Start your morning routine by washing your face with a cleanser consisted of at least 2 percents of salicylic acids, as it will remove oil from your face thoroughly without drying out your skin. The smoother your face is, the more likely your makeup is to last. Go for Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil Reducing Cleanse (THB 1,120), an ideal cleanser for anyone with normal to oily skin. Not only does this cream-to-foam formula remove impurities, but also softens your skin with its gentle ingredients like sunflower seeds and aloe vera. Those with dry skin should pick Lâncome Galatee Confort Cleansing Milk (THB 2,350), a nourishing milk infusion that will leave your skin feeling calm and refreshed. Make sure to wash your hands before cleansing your face, too, otherwise the oil on your hands will be transferred straight to your facial skin.
2. Go for a lightweight moisturiser
A lightweight moisturiser is a surefire solution for a long-lasting makeup. If you’re prone to clogged pores, try Origins Original Skin Matte Moisture Perfector with Willowherb (THB 1,600), which can quickly absorb excess oil with its weightless formula, while evening out your skin tone and texture at the same time. Those with drier skin types or concerned with anti-ageing should give Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream (THB 4,200) a try. Enriched with antioxidants extracted from black tea’s natural fermentation, this moisturiser will not only fight annoying fine lines with its firming peptides, but also gives the right amount of moisture to create a perfect canvas for your makeup. Simply wait for a few minutes for the moisturiser to sink into your skin before slapping any makeup on.
3. Don’t forget the primer
We often overlooked the primer in our daily makeup routine, but it’s essentially a game-changer when it comes to keeping your makeup from fading. Some of our favourite formulas include Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (THB 1,650) that promises 12-hours wear and helps minimise the appearance of visible pores, as well as Cover FX Blur Primer (THB 1,750), which is infused with a high dose of vitamins that soothes inflammation and reduces redness prior your makeup.
4. Use a long-wear foundation
While selecting the right foundation for your individual skin type is definitely a good way to start, picking one with a long-wear formula can guarantee a serious longevity. If you consider yourself as a dry-skin person, check out this highly pigmented Smash Box Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation (THB 1,400). Despite the oil-free formula, this amazing foundation is very moisturising; it will glide on your skin smoothly, giving it a natural coverage that will stay put all day. Those with combination to oily skin should pick Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Weightless Foundation (THB 2,000). With its velvety-smooth formula, the foundation controls excess oil, leaving you with a seamless matte finish. Don’t forget to apply it with a foundation brush to help your makeup last even longer.
5. Set with powder
For the final stage, always seal your makeup with setting powder. Applying powder on top of foundation will help set your makeup in place. Those looking for a powder with a complete matte finish should add Marc Jacobs Beauty Finish Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder (THB 1,800) to the last step of your beauty regimen. This coconut-infused powder will set your makeup with a soft-matte finish, which will stay up to eight hours of wear. For anyone who’s after that subtle glow, Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Powder (THB 1,980) should be on top of your list. This luminous powder may appear light, but don’t underestimate its holding power — it effortlessly blends into the skin, offering a flawless finish throughout the day.