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5 Best Sweat-proof Make-up Tips To Beat The Humidity

5 Best Sweat-proof Make-up Tips To Beat The Humidity
By Pearl Yan
June 25, 2019
Say goodbye to those midday touch-ups with these pro tips from talented make-up artists

Ensuring our make-up stays put for more than a couple of hours in Hong Kong’s notoriously hot and humid summers can be a struggle. The good news is, there are ways to keep your cool and your make-up on point all day.

Whether you need to look flawless for your next boat party, workout session or beach holiday, here are some professional tips from a few leading Hong Kong make-up artists:

See also: 5 Long-Lasting Foundations To Survive Hong Kong's Humidity

1/5Prep your skin

Charlotte’s Magic Cream by Charlotte Tilbury (Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury)
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Nourishing Crème (Photo: Courtesy of Laura Mercier)
Tatcha Water Cream (Photo: Courtesy of Tatcha)
 

Using a water-based moisturiser after cleansing and toning will help even out your skin complexion and give your make-up a clean base to cling to.

“I prefer the Tatcha Water Cream, an oil-free moisturiser that doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy or sticky.” says celebrity make-up artist Kalam Chu. Wait a few minutes between skincare and make-up application to allow the moisturiser to absorb properly into skin and to avoid any residue left on the face. Clumpy make-up is never a good look .

Other water-based moisturisers that we love for sticky summer days are Charlotte’s Magic Cream by Charlotte Tilbury and Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Nourishing Crème.  

2/5Get primed

Kalam recommends: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (Photo: Courtesy of Hourglass)
Gabbie recommends: Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer (Photo: Courtesy of Make Up For Ever)
Gabbie recommends: Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer (Photo: Courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics)
 

Often overlooked as the least important cosmetic step, a good primer can turn your skin into a canvas that creates a barrier to pore-clogging foundation.

“After moisturiser, apply a mattifying primer to minimise the appearance of the pores. It helps to fight against shine and excess oil so your makeup can last all day long.” says make-up artist Gabbie Lee, who has dolled up the likes of Rita Ora.

“Apply a water resistant primer as it helps to prevent the makeup from melting when you sweat. My go-to primer is the Veil Mineral Primer from Hourglass, which has SPF15 so you don't need to worry about putting another layer of sunscreen on your face." says Kalam Chu. 

See also: Editors' Picks: Our Must-Have Summer Skincare Products

3/5Less is more

Giorgio Armani My Armani To Go Iconic Cushion (Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani)
L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer (Photo: Courtesy of IT Cosmetics)
 

To Keep your makeup from melting in the heat, choose a lightweight foundation that has a long-wear formula.

“My best pick is Guerlain's L'Essentiel Natural Glow foundation, which feels ultra-light on the skin, lasts up to 16 hours and has SPF20. For summer, the best practice is to choose an all-in-one foundation so you don’t have to apply multiple layers of products and let the skin breathe.” says Karen Yiu, a make-up artist who also specialises in body painting.

Or if you want to skip foundation altogether, apply a heavy-duty concealer instead. “I advise my clients to use less foundation in summer time and use a concealer to touch up problem areas instead. Less make-up on the skin will help it breathe and feel less like a sticky mess in the Hong Kong humidity.” says Jaime Smith of Smudge Makeup Artistry. 

Other products worth trying are the Giorgio Armani My Armani To Go Iconic Cushion and IT Cosmetics' Bye Bye Undereye Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer. 

See also: 5 Long-Lasting Foundations To Survive Hong Kong's Humidity 

4/5Go waterproof

Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Waterproof Mascara (Photo: Courtesy of Chanel)
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Wet Waterproof Mascara (Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani)
Hourlglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara (Photo: Courtesy of Hourglass)
 

To make sure your eye make-up stays smudge-free all day, opt for products with waterproof formulas.

“Waterproof mascara is a must-have for junk parties or a day on the beach,” says Kalam. Some of the best waterproof mascaras out there are Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Waterproof Mascara, Hourlglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Wet Waterproof Mascara, all of which come highly recommended to keep your lashes lush and curled all day.

See also: Celebrity Make-Up Artist Naoko Scintu Shares Her Beauty Secrets

5/5Lock the look

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (Photo: Courtesy of Urban Decay)
Makeup For Ever Aqua Seal (Photo: Courtesy of Makeup For Ever)
Makeup For Ever Mist & Fix (Photo: Courtesy of Makeup For Ever)
 

Getting your hands on a good setting spray will keep your make-up looking natural while also keeping it in place. “A trick that I learned from Dany Sanz (Creator and Artistic Director of Makeup For Ever) is to mix a drop of Makeup For Ever Aqua Seal into the Mist & Fix spray bottle to make it waterproof, which works like magic, especially in Hong Kong's summer heat,” says Megumi Sekine.

So what's the best way to apply setting spray? “Hold it about an arm's length away, mist directly onto the face in a T and an X motion for maximum coverage, then use a paper fan to speed up the drying process," says Gabbie, who recommends the cult favourite Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. 

See also: What's New In Beauty: June 2019

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