It’s time to store away your sweaters. With the ‘cold season’ making its way out of the city, it’s now back to the usual hot and humid weather in Kuala Lumpur. Chinese New Year is just a few days away and you’ll be surely out and about visiting — but will your makeup be able to survive the heat?

It’s more than just using sweat-proof or water-proof makeup. The best methods to keep your makeup looking fresh also involve skincare. Exfoliating, for example, ensures that your skin is free from dryness and dirt so makeup goes on smoother and able to cling onto your skin. Here are more tips.

1. Always hydrate and moisturise your skin
Even if it’s hot and humid, never skip moisturiser. It hydrates the skin, preps the skin for foundation, and smoothens out the skin so application will be more flawless. If you find moisturisers too heavy, go for oil-free ones that are lightweight enough for layering.

2. Primer is your best friend
The purpose of a primer is to act as a base or ‘glue’ so that your makeup will ‘stick’ on until you remove it. Apply it all over the face, including your eyelids.

3. Less is more
This is not just applicable to weather conditions. Just by reducing a few layers of makeup, you can worry less about your eyeliner smudging or foundation sliding off your skin. Wearing heavy makeup on hot conditions also increases the chances of having clogged pores. Replace your makeup items with lighter ones: Foundations for tinted moisturisers, cream eyeshadows for powder ones, and drying matte lipsticks for gloss.

We’ve listed down 5 waterproof products you should own if you’re living in a hot and humid country. These will ensure that your makeup stays fresh all day and night.

1
Chanel's Stylo Yeux Waterproof

Line your waterline without any worries with this waterproof eye pencil. Its long-lasting formula is resistant towards water, humidity, and sebum so it will stay on no matter the weather.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof, price unavailable

2
Supergoop's Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45

Mattify, set, and refresh your UV and environmental protection with this single product. This setting powder is also 100% mineral and it’s sweat-proof, making reapplication easier without creating a cakey finish.

SUPERGOOP!’s Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45, RM143

3
Urban Decay's All Nighter Full Coverage Concealer

This waterproof concealer is able to go through anything, and covers trouble spots from dark circles to blemishes and discolouration. It even conceals tattoos without causing any creasing. The formula also absorbs oil to keep skin looking beautifully matte.

Urban Decay All Nighter Full Coverage Concealer, RM110

4
Dior's Addict Lip Tattoo

With a lipstick that stays on like a tattoo, there are definitely no touch ups required. This lip stain from Dior is lightweight, kiss-proof, and transfer-proof. The best part is that it lasts up to 10 hours.

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo in Natural Cherry, price unavailable

5
MAC Cosmetics's Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base

With this eyeshadow primer, your eyeshadow will stay on all day. It keeps your eye makeup looking fresh and vibrant, and extends its wear up till 24 hours. The vitamin E in its formula prevents the eyeshadow from creasing too.

MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base, RM100

Jolin Lee
Contributor
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.