Do you suffer from Disappearing Makeup Syndrome (DMS)?

You know, the condition where you spend a huge chunk of your time in the morning primping and prepping, only to find all your hard work disappearing by lunch time?

Because I do.

My makeup slides EASILY off my face, and by the end of the day, I’m sporting a no-makeup, greasy, shiny appearance that looks like you could fry an egg on my face.

Urgh. Not cool.

I blame it on Malaysia’s hot and humid weather that does NOTHING for makeup longevity.

Luckily, there ARE some neat little tricks to keep the shine at bay and for longer lasting makeup. These tricks are tried and testedfast (because who reaaallyyy has time in the morning to wait 5mins between skincare and makeup), and inexpensive to incorporate!

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Trick #1: Always, ALWAYS Use a Primer

Do not EVER skip this step, especially if you have oily or combination skin.

Makeup is an art. And just like how artists prime their canvases to create a smooth surface and extend the longevity of their paintings, the same applies to makeup too!

Primers help to smooth out unevenness, pores and fine lines, giving you a nice, silky smooth base to help makeup stay in place and increase the durability of your makeup.

We love Dermacol’s Satin Makeup Base that’s super smooth and satiny, but you can use any base or primer that you like.

Just don’t skip this step. Not even if your grandmother told you to.

Trick #2: Apply Powder BEFORE Foundation

No, that’s not a typo. I really do mean, powder before foundation.

I first heard about this neat trick from makeup artist and popular YouTuber Wayne Goss.

It seems that powdering with a translucent powder (or even a coloured loose powder) will add a small amount of coverage, and help your foundation stay on for longer. You’ll also use less foundation in the process! #win

Intrigued by this totally unconventional beauty tip, I’ve been testing this for a while now, and I have to say that I really love it!

It really does help my makeup stay on longer (hours longer, in fact!), which is pretty much all I care about. Another bonus was that I found my face feeling a lot less greasy towards the end of the day.

There is one downside to this though — the finish does cake-up slightly. Sometimes, it’s because of the amount of powder, and sometimes, it could be the formulation of your foundation. It took me several tries before I finally got it right, but be patient. The results are well worth it!

Overall, unconventional as it may sound, it’s a great trick to help your makeup last longer!

Trick #3: Keep Blotting Papers At Hand

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Blotting papers are genius, because they lift the oil from your face, taking away the grease and shine.

The most critical thing about blotting papers is NOT to wipe the oil away. Rather, you need to press the paper onto the oily parts of your face (usually your T-zone area), and roll it off gently.

And if you didn’t like the earlier tip and still prefer powder after foundation, here’s another neat trick.

Most foundations are made up of pigments for the colour, and a carrier oil to allow it to spread onto your skin evenly.

Because all you want is the pigment, you can use blotting papers after applying your foundation to soak up the excess oil, but not the pigment. This will help your makeup last longer!

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I hope you enjoyed some of these tips on how to make your makeup last longer! I personally use these techniques on a daily basis, and I love how they really don’t take much time, nor are they overly expensive to incorporate.