With Singapore’s humidity hitting an all-time high, getting our makeup to stay fresh and pristine throughout the day is starting to become a struggle. This doesn’t mean you should abandon all hope or only stay within the confines of an air-conditioned location though.
What you’ll need, though, is complexion-boosting beauty products such as lightweight tinted moisturisers, hydrating lip balms, tone-up creams and sunscreens that are enough to even out skin tone, correct redness and provide a radiant sheen to the skin for a natural-looking complexion. If you have yet to stock up on any of such products, here are some that are currently on our rotation.
Inspired by the power of energy crystals, Estee Lauder’s new Pure Colour Revitalizing Crystal Lip Balms are a collection of hydrating lip balms that deliver lip-loving benefits with a hint of lip-enhancing colour. Ultra-hydrating and revitalising, think of these balms as a reboot for the lips. Using a comfortable formula that’s infused with nourishing ingredients that soothe the lips, your lips will be kept plump and moisturised for up to 12 hours.
Is your skin prone to dryness? To give your skin that much-needed boost in moisture, look no further than this Maracuja Tinted Hydrator from Tarte. What’s great about this tinted moisturiser is that it offers sheer coverage for a natural-looking finish and it moisturises your skin at the same time. On top of that, it’s also infused with a potent blend of maracuja oil, hyaluronic acid, collagen, turmeric and aloe that works well together to hydrate, soothe and brighten your skin.
If you want to wear blush under your mask, steer clear of watery or creamy blush products that are more likely to slip and slide. Instead, reach for a long-lasting, heavy-duty powder blush like the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Blush. The buildable formula glides effortlessly onto skin to deliver a natural-looking pop of colour.
This blush from tarte is well-loved for good reason. Made with natural Amazonian clay, this long-wearing blush (that’s available in 12 different shades) not only controls oil and provides moisture for balanced skin, but also promises 12 hours of flawless wear. Containing vitamins C, E and other healthy ingredients, this product is skincare as well as makeup. The natural hues will add that oomph to your makeup look while never resembling a circus clown (even if we’re a little heavy-handed!).
An eye cream that brightens your under eye while protecting your skin from harmful UV rays? Yes, please. Reviving tired eyes while protecting and priming your under eye area, this Mineral Eye Cream from Supergoop! is a godsend for those who struggle with dark circles.
If you’re in the market for something more than just coverage, there’s NARS’s Pure Radiant Protection Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation. Lending skin an even glow, it also hydrates while offering protection from environmental aggressors such as pollution and blue light with its 360 Defense Complex.
The Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion Foundation is well-loved for its high-performing, long-lasting formula. It contains hydrating ingredients, along with pansy and rosehip extracts that protect skin from free radical damage. The fine matte powders and light-reflecting particles within the formula help give skin a luminous matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours.
If you’re intending to conceal those unsightly red blemishes on your skin without having to pack on a full layer of foundation, consider this. The Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Re-cover SPF 40/PA++ CC Cream has been highly rated for its colour correcting properties. When applied, the cream covers blemishes and reduces redness that evens out your skin tone so you won’t have to worry about the unsightly red bumps. The cream also comes with SPF40 to boost protection against harmful UV rays.
Supergoop!’s Glowscreen has proven to be more than just your usual sunscreen. Besides offering UV protection of up to SPF40, this lightweight pearlescent formula works to prime your skin giving it light coverage while delivering blue light protection at the same time. What makes this product a crowd-pleaser is that it creates a beautiful base for you to work with without weighing your skin down while protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. Notably, the sunscreen also doubles as a highlighter wherever you need a dose of shine too!
Reformulated with the brand’s Skin Empowering Illuminator, this skin brightener and primer hybrid helps boost radiance while smoothing out pores for a clear, natural-looking complexion. It also protects the skin from harmful environmental aggressors and free radical damage thanks to a host of antioxidant-rich ingredients.
This provides sheer coverage without leaving a white cast on the skin and has a fluid texture for easy, fuss-free blending. It is formulated with botanical extracts and antioxidants to protect and prevent skin from the effects of photo-aging. It also aids in protecting the skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation and sunburn.
In a single universal shade (it’s shade 000), this works on all skin tones to enhance, correct and give a fresh, healthy and radiant finish. It is made with biomimetic mica and soft-focus powders, which help to correct redness and uneven skin tone, as well as blurring out any imperfections. Glycerin is infused to continuously hydrate skin for a plump and soft complexion while an Advanced Age-Defying Skincare Complex boosts collagen and elastin production, while limiting melanin (pigments that causes dark spots) production to restore radiance.
In addition to protecting your skin against daily aggressors such as UVA and UVB rays as well as urban pollution thanks to its key ingredient edelweiss, this also helps to produce a luminous glow, even out skin tone and brighten complexions thanks to its natural tone-up effect. Bonus: it has a non-sticky, non-greasy and fast-absorbing formula that blends quickly and easily on skin.
As its name suggests, this provides a water-fresh sensation once applied onto the skin for a luminous, healthy-looking glow while evening out skin tone. It contains encapsulated pigments that are suspended in a weightless, hydrating formula for ultimate comfort that reportedly hydrates skin for up to eight hours.
This easy-to-use cushion primer is made with a Responsive Sensory Technology adapts to your skin’s condition, tone and texture for a more radiant complexion that is said to last for up to 16 hours. It can be used as a primer to prolong foundation wear; on its own to brighten and treat uneven skin tones while eliminating redness; or after makeup application for shine-free hydration. Hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich wild thyme extract work together to retain moisture and protect the skin.
Now equipped with an all-new formula (and a wider range of shades), this is boosted with a higher SPF protection level and an even more hydrating formula for all-day comfort. It also has a weightless texture that goes on effortlessly to provide just enough coverage for a natural-looking finish. It also contains a host of oils to protect skin against free radical damage, and soften fine lines.
Going foundation-free calls for a tone-up cream that helps to cancel out redness, brighten complexions and even out skin tone. This does exactly that thanks to its natural pink tint while ensuring skin stays well hydrated throughout the day. It is powered by seven different multivitamins and white jade ingredients to instantly brighten and maintain luminous skin for up to a reported 24 hours. It is also infused with micronised hyaluronic acid to continuously deliver sufficient moisture to the skin.
The Korean beauty brand has just introduced an all new skincare range known as Peony Bright, with products that aim to boost radiance, even out skin tone and impart a luminous glow. This tone up cream contains pink microalgae that work together with yeast, xylinum and black tea ferment to provide intense hydration for healthier skin, while instantly brightening dull, darkened complexions.
This toning UV serum helps to protect the skin from harmful environmental aggressors, dryness and the formation of dark spots caused by the damaging effects of UV rays. The lavender tinted formula glides smoothly onto the skin to correct redness and brighten dull areas.
This article was first published in Female.