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STEP 1 Decongest the skin

Give your skin a thorough cleanse to remove dead skin cells, excess sebum and debris using a clay mask like Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay, $50 (100ml), or Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask, $38 (70ml).

If there are certain areas of your face that are very oily, apply milk of magnesia on those areas and rinse off after three minutes. Makeup artist Larry Yeo says: “This is an affordable and good alternative to help you remove excess oil from the skin.”

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STEP 2 Add moisture

After clearing the gunk from your skin, you want to get it plumped up and hydrated before makeup goes on. The quickest way to moisturise superbly is to use a face mask.

Try SK-II Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask, $150 (box of six pieces). Each mask is soaked in a brightening serum and leaves your face instantly moisturised and radiant after 15 to 20 minutes, says Larry. 

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STEP 3 Prime your skin

To help create a smooth, poreless-looking finish, apply a thin layer of makeup primer. Choose one that regulates sebum production to leave your skin matte, smooth and shine-free throughout the day.

Try Benefit the Porefessional Matte Rescue, $49, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, $95, and Make Up For Ever Step1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer, $68.

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STEP 4 Use the right base

Choose a light-diffusing foundation which helps blur out minor skin imperfections like visible pores, dark spots and fine lines. You get a smooth, luminous and semi-matte finish too.

Try M.A.C Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, $62, and Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide, $78.

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This article was originally published in Simply Her April 2016.