Every day, we get questions from our customers about all things beauty. It can be about anything, from which products we personally swear by to exactly how to use them for best results. So this week, the BeautyMNL Editors are answering a few inquiries that came in through the mail. By that, of course, we mean our email: sos@beautymnl.com. There’s no Q too big or too small, too strange or too simplistic, so keep ‘em coming, beautiful!


HOW DO YOU PREVENT MAKEUP FROM MELTING OFF?


Nix: “I have super oily skin. Even when I’m wearing waterproof products, they still fade in a few hours! How do I prevent my makeup from melting?”

ANSWER: We feel you. When you live in a country as humid as ours, keeping your face intact is a daily struggle. Sometimes, not even waterproof products can take the heat! But using the right formulas is only half the battle. The other half largely depends on application techniques.

So, let’s get right into it, shall we? Below are 5 hacks that’ll keep your makeup 100% weather-proof from summertime to typhoon season.

HACK #1: USE SETTING SPRAY BEFORE MAKEUP

Setting spray is normally used after applying makeup, but spritzing your face before application as well can yield double the protection. The spray will act as a smudge-resistant base. This allows all your products to adhere better to your skin, so pigments stay put for longer.

Hold the bottle about 6 inches away from your face. Spray about 2 to 4 times and make sure your skin is evenly covered. Let the product dry for a few minutes. Then, apply your makeup and seal it in with one last spray. WHAT WE USED: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Setting Spray, P600. Shop it here.

HACK #2: BLOT OFF EXCESS PRODUCT BETWEEN STEPS

Freshly applied makeup never looks cake-y. But when you use too much product, you can risk a meltdown. Avoid this by blotting your face after every step. This technique helps eliminate build-up as you go along and removes any extra pigment sitting atop your skin. Not only does this eliminate caking, it also prevents your pores from clogging and greasing up later in the day.

Take a square of tissue and press it lightly over your skin. This will remove any loose product from the surface without disturbing your application. Focus the blotting over your T-zone. Repeat this after every layer of makeup you apply—especially after liquids and creams. WHAT WE USED: L’Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation, P520. Shop it here!

HACK #3: USE A SPONGE TO PRESS POWDER INTO YOUR OILIEST AREAS

The longevity of your makeup largely depends on how you apply your setting powder. While using a brush works just fine, using a sponge actually makes the powder particles adhere more closely to your skin! This keeps your makeup matte for longer without the need for touchups.

After applying your base, take a damp makeup sponge and dip it into your loose powder. Then, using light pressure, dab the powder over your skin. Focus on the areas where makeup tends to fade and crease, like the under-eyes, cheeks, and T-Zone.

Oh, and don’t worry about removing excess powder. We handle that in the next hack! WHAT WE USED: Pro Studio Miracle Edge Sponge, on sale at P249 (limited time only), Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, P260. Shop the sponge here and the powder here.

HACK #4: LET YOUR SETTING POWDER “BAKE”

Now, right after applying your powder with a sponge, you’re probably sitting there with a white cast all over your face. And you should be! Sweeping off excess product too quickly won’t give the powder enough time to work its magic. So actually, you should let it sit on top of your skin for a few minutes until it settles in.

This process is called “baking.” Baking allows the powder to really sink in—which locks it into place and lengthens wear time. After a few minutes, simply sweep off excess with a narrow, fluffy face brush.
WHAT WE USED: Suesh Angled Blush Brush, P199. Shop it here.

HACK #5: BUFF IN YOUR MAKEUP WITH A CLEAN STIPPLING BRUSH

A lot of people would end their routine right here, once the setting powder has been applied. But if you really want to make your makeup last, we’ve got the best finishing touch. Using a clean flat-top brush, buff in your makeup. Sweep the brush over your face with quick, circular motions and very light pressure.

This technique does 3 important things. First, it removes any excess product you may have missed. Second, it seals your makeup in place, ensuring perfect adherence to the skin. Finally, it blends out harsh lines. In the end, you get an airbrushed finish that sits just like a second skin. WHAT WE USED: Real Techniques Stippling Brush, P650. Shop it here!
That’s all, folks! Incorporate these 5 hacks into your routine, and not even La Niña will mess your look.

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