Oh, the humidity in Malaysia! Whether or not it is blazing hot or raining for an entire week, you’ll always head out and feel the thick air enveloping you to form some sort of barrier that is not necessarily comfortable to the skin.
The upside to living in a humid country is that the moisture in your skin is always nicely retained. It helps to prevent annoying dry cracks on your arms and skin that you have all-year-round when you are staying in a high heat and low humidity state (aka yours truly). But hey, we gotta work with what we have.
The downside is that you tend to look cake-faced by the end of the day. While some people do go out with caked-on makeup due to personal preferences (me too, duh), it can feel a little too much and sticky. At times, you feel as if your face is melting along with everything that is on it. As someone who has very oily skin, I go from 0 to greasy real quick no matter what the weather. When it was -20 celsius in Minnesota, I was even asked if I was sweating, but girl, no. It’s that oily face of mine doing its thing.
I can’t help you look perfectly flawless for the entire day, but I can help you keep that healthy-looking glow on without much maintenance.
- Mattifying primer.
Did you forget your SPF? DO NOT forget to apply your SPF as your last step in your skincare routine. When you are done with all the other steps in your routine, apply your sunblock to the T-zone or wherever it is you get most oily. If you want to fill in pores, tap primer in. If large pores are not a concern, just swipe it evenly over your skin. I used Murad Oil-Control Mattifier, which has a built-in SPF 15. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer works just as good. Prime your eyes as well if you will be putting on eyeshadow.
2. Keep to creams.
I know, I know. You are going to say, “What? No!”, but think about it this way: if you layer on powder after powder, not only will it leave you with a flat look, it’s going to crack too if you have dry spots and bunch up on the oilier parts. Your skin is supposed to have a natural radiance to it. I am also assuming you are pretty young, so it is okay to have some shine on beforehand. Your skin will look more natural. Notice how some mothers wish they still had a glow to their skin? Yeah, you should totally embrace it.
You can use matte foundations, tinted moisturizers, BB creams or CC creams, whichever you feel best with. I used the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in the shade Vallarius. Look for oil-free and silicone-free formulas, so they don’t slip and slide.
Tip 1: Apply to the center of your face to brighten it up.
Tip 2: Only conceal what you need to. If you can leave it bare, that is even better. I used the Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer in Beige 50.
3. Setting powder.
This is my favorite part and to be honest, most crucial. Invest in a good setting powder. I love loose translucent powders because they don’t add color to your skin and feels like nothing is on. I also believe the thinner the layer you use, the more excellent the oil control will be. Your skin won’t feel suffocated and compelled to produce more oil. I used Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder.
Tip 1: Don’t swipe, instead, pat into your skin with a brush. This way, it won’t move the makeup under, thus holding it better in place.
Tip 2: Carry a compact powder and a pack of tissues in your bag when you travel. When you get oily, dab your skin with a tissue to absorb the oil before adding any sort of powder. You won’t look cakey, I promise.
4. Waterproof anything.
Mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, matte liquid lipsticks, anything at all that is waterproof will be your best friend. It will not smudge nor melt when sweat is introduced.
And you’re set! Glad you stayed with me until the end of the post and I hope you have a beautiful day wherever you may be. Don’t stress about having to look perfect all the time; flaws are what make you look organic. Just remember to have fun with it.