Keeping makeup looking fresh and radiant all day long is a challenge in itself in Singapore, thanks to the constant heat and humidity. And if you have oily skin that’s prone to looking slick and shiny by mid-day, things can only get harder.
But instead of piling on makeup each time you perspire or notice shine on your T-zone, it is important to first make sure that you set makeup correctly. After applying liquid foundation and cream or fluid concealer, it is absolutely crucial that you set your makeup with a light dusting of loose powder.
This step soaks up excessive moisture of your makeup and prevents makeup from sliding so it adheres as closely to your skin as possible. Yet, as the day progresses, it is inevitable that your skin produces sebum and sweat, which gradually causes makeup to shift and slide.
And for those with oily skin, this can be as soon as a couple of hours after you’ve left the house. And when that happens, here are the best pressed powders to absorb excess shine and restore makeup to its former perfection:
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Silk Airbrush Poreless Finishing Powder, $48
Perfect for those with oily and ageing skin, this super fine pressed powder is free of talc and gives you an airbrushed finish in one simple sweep. Made with peptides, silk proteins, hydrolysed collagen and featuring the brand’s proprietary Drops of Light Technology, it softens the appearance of enlarged pores and fine lines without caking into skin irregularities. It also eliminates excess shine without leaving behind a powdery matte finish.
L’Oreal Paris Mat Magique BB Veil (Oil Blotting Powder), $18.90
Your must-have to give makeup a luminous matte finish, this handy powder contains Volcanic Perlite Infusion to soak up excess sebum on skin’s surface. Thanks to its lightweight texture, it is non-comedogenic, feels velvety smooth on skin and leaves your complexion looking radiant.
NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, $62
As its name suggests, this pressed setting powder is made with micro-fine mineral powders that help improve the way your skin reflects light so your complexion looks luminous.
Plus, it is also infused with glycerin and vitamin E to keep skin hydrated while mopping up excess sebum. Use it to set makeup right after application or carry it around for on-the-go touch-ups.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Pressed Powder, $61
As part of the brand’s HD range, this powder is used widely in the film and TV industry as well as by professional makeup artists for its ability to give skin a flawless finish.
Ultra-lightweight, it combines synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica to diminish the appearance of fine lines, pores and imperfections without leaving skin flat and powdery. Best part? It also has hyaluronic acid to keep skin surface smooth and plump.
Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder, $50
Made with Amazonian Clay, this powder has the ability to adapt to your skin’s conditions to either release moisture to dry patches or soak up excess shine on oily areas. A light dusting over the face also helps reduce the appearance of pores for a unified and refined look.
Laura Mercier Shine Control Pressed Setting Powder, $64
Created specifically for those with oily, blemished-prone skin, this pressed powder not only eliminates excess shine instantly but it has mint-green pigmented particles to neutralise redness caused by angry red blemishes and sensitised skin.
When lightly dusted on the complexion, it forms an imperceptible and breathable veil over the skin so makeup feels light and refreshed all day long.