After months of harsh winds and frigid temperatures, there’s nothing quite as uplifting as the arrival of spring — except when it’s accompanied by Hong Kong’s unrelenting humidity. While we spent the first part of this year slathering on heavy moisturisers to protect ourselves from dryness, the increase in humidity is about to send our skin in for a shock. Luckily, keeping your face matte and shine-free in Hong Kong’s unforgiving weather can be a cakewalk — with the right products, that is.

Helena Rubinstein Powercell Skinmunity The Serum

When humidity is high, oily skin needs extra moisture in order to stop sebum glands from going into overdrive. However, using the wrong type, or too many moisturisers and creams can immediately contribute to overly slick skin, causing your makeup to slide off. Opt for lightweight serums that pack a punch, like Helena Rubinstein’s Powercell Skinmunity The Serum (HK$$930/30ml, HK$1,400/50ml, HK$1,900/75ml). Its Oceanic Crista native cells help accelerate tissue regeneration and revitalise the skin’s barrier for stronger defence against the elements. The light and easily absorbed formula gives your skin enough moisture without the sticky residue.

Helena Rubinstein counter, G/F, Lane Crawford, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2115 9692

NARS Pore & Shine Control Primer

A good primer acts to extend the life of any foundation and keep your face looking fresh. When humidity is high, ditch the heavy-duty silicone-based primers that tend to make you retain more oil, and opt for a shine-controlling variation instead, such as NARS’ Pore & Shine Control Primer (HK$370). With its soft-focus powder as a crucial ingredient, it mutes unwanted oils, minimises and blurs out pores, and mattifies skin throughout the day, gliding on without clogging pores or leaving a sticky feeling. Enriched with African whitewood, oleanolic acid and peptides, it also works to rebalance your skin.

NARS, Shop 1, G/F, Takshing House, 20 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2918 9886

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder

Liquid and cream-based foundations tend to be the culprits behind oily, fast-melting makeup, which is why we’re turning to Make Up For Ever’s new Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder (HK$320) to make it through the humid season. Its lightweight, translucent formula combines silica, synthetic mica, and silicone powders that effectively blur fine lines, blemishes and pores, while giving your skin a luminous matte finish.  Apply after your primer with a kabuki brush, dab the finishing powder firmly on areas that need the most oil control.

Hint: For super oily skin, wrap a blotting paper around a dry powder puff when reapplying powder to help absorb excess shine.

Make Up For Ever, Shop B206b, Lane Crawford, Basement 2, Times square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2154 1151

Cle de Peau Correcteur Visage

Sweat and oil secretions are pretty much non-stop in hot, humid weather, which in turn makes it easier to soak up pollutants from the atmosphere, making skin appear dull. Ditch liquid foundation and rely on a concealer to even out skin complexion and hide blemishes. Instead of opting for cream consistency, use Cle de Peau’s award winning Correcteur Visage (HK$550), a concealer that comes with tacky texture and gives a more pigmented finish. With its super bio-hyaluronic acid, it blends imperfections without leaving a heavy feeling that allows radiance to shine through.

Hint: Apply on areas such as forehead and hairline that tend to receive more sun, and are more prone to an uneven complexion.

Cle de Peau, Shop 1059A, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2234 7111

Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Highlighter

During balmy, sunny weather, it is very easy to overdo your highlighter, but be careful you don’t end up looking like a greaseball! To achieve a more subtle look, as if you’re glowing from within, opt for Benefit’s Dandelion Shy Beam Matte Highlighter (HK$250). Suitable for all skin tones, this nude-pink, shimmer-free highlighter is easy to blend into a natural looking spotlight. If you prefer a more subtle shine, mix a few drops with your moisturiser and primer to create a sheer finish.  

Benefit, Shop G34B, Lee Tung Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3621-0598