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How to sweatproof your makeup

There are days where you spend hours and hours on your makeup, ensuring that every eyeshadow is blended seamlessly and every lash is coated with mascara. All that effort can sometimes go from glam to gore within minutes with the humidity and unpredictable weather in this country — and that’s not fun.

You also can be using the most expensive makeup that claims to be budge-proof until you cleanse, but if proper sweatproof steps are not used beforehand — everything you apply will be futile.

One of the most common mistakes is skipping primer. Including this single product in your makeup regimen changes the way your makeup will set on your skin. Primers smoothen out pores, act as a protective barrier between your skin and makeup, and even as a glue to hold your makeup in place.

Using a makeup setting spray will also help sweatproof your getup. Most of them contain ingredients that lower the temperature of what you apply so that it won’t slip and slide. Spritz on before and after makeup to really lock in your hard work.

There is also ‘baking’ where you literally bake your face with translucent powder. Applying a thick layer of powder on the oily areas of your face allows the heat from your face to set your foundation and concealer. And if you are using liquid foundation, use the criss-cross method with your brush so it will not look streaky if you sweat.

On top of these steps, just by switching a couple of products in your makeup routine can really ensure that your makeup stays put all day — like switching from lipsticks to tints, or powder blush to creams. Read on to find out more.

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Urban Decay's De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray

It controls oil, deflects surface shine, and keeps skin looking matte thanks to its groundbreaking formula that lowers the temperature of your makeup. This helps it stay put and keep your skin looking smooth, fresh, and never oily.

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, RM131.13

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Hourglass' Arch Brow Shaping Gel

The lesser your makeup, the lower the chance of it to smudge or melt off from your face. If you have naturally thick brows, just tame it down with a clear shaping gel that holds them in place and dries invisibly.

Hourglass Arch Brow Shaping Gel, RM130

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Lancôme's Monsieur Big Mascara

Bigger and bolder lashes but minus the smudging. This volumising mascara delivers up to 12 times the volume that lasts up to 24 hours of wear. No touch-ups, flaking and smudging, a mascara that stays on your lashes not for the entire day and night but until the next morning.

Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara, RM110

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Kat Von D's Beauty 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade

Kat Von D’s latest launch is pomade not for your hair but for your brows. This high-pigment pomade is not only budge-proof and smudge-proof but also sweat-proof — so you won’t have to worry about them until you remove them with remover. Even if it’s pomade, the texture is weightless and feels comfortable on the skin.

Kat Von D Beauty 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade, RM89

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Bobbi Brown's Primer Plus Mattifier

Best described as a liquid blotting paper, this primer blurs the appearance of pores and reduces excess oil without drying the skin out. The sebum-absorbing properties helps to prevent your foundation from slipping and keeps the skin cool so you’re less likely to produce sweat.

Bobbi Brown Primer Plus Mattifier, RM140

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Make Up For Ever's Aqua XL Color Paint

This highly pigmented eyeshadow is made to last. It stays all day long and is crease-proof so you don’t have to worry about touching up. The colour is buildable and its gel-cream texture makes it much easier to blend simply with just fingers.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Pain, RM115

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Burberry Beauty's Lip Velvet Crush Sheer-Matte Stain

Lip stains are great when it comes to lastingness. It stains the lips that last for hours and requires no touch-up. Burberry’s iconic Lip Velvet matte finish is now available in a cream-stain version. The colour is buildable whilst still feeling comfortable on the lips.

Burberry Beauty Lip Velvet Crush Sheer-Matte Stain, RM113

Jolin Lee
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.