Between visiting the homes of family and friends and indulging in mouthwatering food, from savoury dishes (ketupat! lontong! rendang!) to sweet delicacies (pineapple tarts! kuih lapis!), it can be a challenge to ensure the makeup you have put on so carefully earlier in the day stays put from morning to night. Plus, let’s face it, you do not want to be faffing with touch-ups every hour, do you?
That is why building a defence against the inevitable perspiration as a result of hustling from house to house and delighting in spicy dishes iconic in Malay cuisine is essential in your makeup application for the upcoming Hari Raya period, especially so for all you oily-skinned gals out there. From using the right primer to avoiding heavy layers of makeup, here are the basic tips you need to know for a flawless face throughout the day.
Use a Mattifying Primer
The first defence your makeup needs to ensure it lasts for more than just a few hours is a great makeup primer. When it comes to priming your skin, the type you use plays an important role in how long your makeup throughout the day. And not all primers are created the same — some are formulated to minimise the appearance of pores, some create a veil to hide acne scars and smooth skin texture, while others are designed to add radiance to the skin.
While anyone should prime their skin before makeup application, this step is especially important if you have oily skin. Due to an overproduction of sebum, makeup on oily skin tends to wear off much faster. To prevent this from occurring, apply a layer of mattifying primer before doing the rest of your makeup. A mattifying primer will control your skin’s oil production, therefore ensuring your makeup does not become a greasy mess halfway through the day.
If you have oily skin all over, apply the primer on your entire face. However, if you tend to get oily mainly on your t-zone, then only apply the mattifying primer on that area. If you have other skin concerns such as large pores on your cheeks, apply a pore-minimising primer there instead.
Build Your Base in Light Layers
The one mistake makeup amateurs commit when applying foundation is applying too thick a layer from the get-go. Sure, you cut the time it takes for you to achieve full coverage, but applying a thick layer of foundation will cause it to cake and wear off as the day goes by. And trust us, you do not want to be enjoying your Raya festivities only to look in the mirror and be met with the unsightly look of a cakeface.
So, how do you avoid cakeface, you ask? The key is to build up your foundation bit by bit by applying thin, light layers. Whatever application tool you use, whether it be a brush, makeup sponge or your fingers, take the time to thoroughly blend the foundation into your skin. The aim here is to achieve a natural-looking finish, almost as if you have no makeup on.
Once you are done with the first layer, apply a second thin layer of foundation and blend again. In general, two layers should be enough for you to achieve at least a medium coverage. If you have any imperfections to cover like blemishes, acne scars or hyperpigmentation, use a concealer to hide them rather than going in with another layer of foundation.
Set Your Makeup
If you have dry skin, you might be able to get away with applying little to no setting powder on your face. If you are still worried about your makeup wearing off, apply a very light dusting of powder on your t-zone — this ensures your face does not look too powdery, an effect you want to avoid particularly with dry skin. If you feel like your face is looking a little too matte after setting it with powder, spray a facial mist to add back some glow to your skin.
For oily skin, however, setting your makeup is vital because your makeup has more of a tendency to move around due to your skin’s oil production. Depending on how oily your skin gets and which area of your face is more affected by sebum, you can set either your entire face or just your t-zone. This does not mean you should powder to your heart’s content though. Oily skin can still look too powdery if you go overboard with this step, and a powdery face mixed with oil is not a good look. Therefore, be very light-handed when applying the setting powder and again, if you feel like your skin looks too matte, give it a spritz of facial mist. Another option is to gently dab your skin with a damp makeup sponge to take off the powdery effect.