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How To Make Your Makeup Last Longer

The humid weather can wreak havoc on your daily look. Here are a few tips for helping your makeup stay put as we approach the rainy season.

You don't have to be a math whiz to wrap your head around this equation: The less makeup you use, the less likely it is to smear by lunch. We're not suggesting you go completely bare-faced, but if you swipe on several thin layers of makeup (whether tinted moisturizer, eye shadow, or blush) instead of one thick one, you won't use as much. Here are some other ways to avoid a meltdown:

Soak up surface shine...

When your face starts to look slick, cut the grease without caking on heavy powder. Throw a pack of blotting tissues in your purse (in a pinch, gently pat a single ply of toilet paper on your face--it works!). Or, try Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer (P1,650) with calming Green Tea and Vitamin E to rebalance oily and combination skin before you apply makeup.

...but don't drive yourself crazy over a little glisten.

Just accept it--your skin will never be perfectly matte in our tropical weather. Instead of fighting it, use a bit of shine to your advantage and go for that shimmer-and-glow look. Apply a highlighter to the apples of your cheeks, then dust loose powder across your T-zone to keep your face looking fresh. Try MAC Select/Sheer Loose (P1,350) to get that matte yet luminous look.

Lock down eye makeup.

Cream-to-powder eye shadows go on easily but won't rub off. "Just blend one color from lash to brow," says Smashbox makeup artist Holly Mordini. Then, get your definition from an eyeliner pencil. Try Max Factor Colour Perfection Eyeliner (P450), which is smudge-proof and has its own built-in sharpener.

Pass on the gloss.

"Gloss feels too sticky when it's [humid] out," says Hollywood makeup artist Mally Roncal. Try a tinted lip balm instead like The Body Shop Born Lippy Stick (P295). It comes in a variety of yummy flavors and contains Community Fair Trade beeswax and marula oil to soothe and moisturise your lips while leaving behind a pop of color and soft shine.

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