Weatherproof make-up–also known as waterproof, bulletproof, apocalypse-proof, anti-tunaw, gumunaw-na-ang-mundo-dapat-plakado-pa-rin make-up!
Seriously though, I’m going to share tips and products that I swear by in keeping my make-up in place. 😛 (Yes, I actually use these during concerts
while chasing around Korean boys in the moshpit and times when I need my make-up to last the whole day.) Keep reading to learn more! 😀
Group picture! Disclaimer: all the products I’m going mention here aren’t sponsored. (I’m not famous enough for that haha.) Um, yeah, just making it clear.
Before I talk about make-up, I feel that it’s imperative to share a brief background of my skin condition.
I have oily-combination skin and my T-zone is especially oily. On several occasions, the pigments of some foundations or BB/CC creams have literally dissolved on my face, leaving it oily and patchy. (I know huhu sadness.) I also have redness and visible pores at the center of my face. I can have hyperpigmentation at times, especially when a breakout is still in the healing process. (*Nell’s Healing Process album plays in the distance* /random) And, before that time of the month, I sometimes get breakouts; it can be a massive one, scattered bumps all over my face (meep!) or just a dot here or there, depending on my lifestyle and the food I eat.
Okay hold on; writing this down makes it seem that my face is a nightmare haha, but it’s not that bad, I promise!
Anyway, why bother writing about my skin condition? Because all skin care/make-up products work differently on different skin. As for me, the products I will talk about have worked pretty well with my oily-combination skin. Take note that whatever I use may work out differently for you.
It goes without saying that a good base = good make-up. And I’m not just talking about make-up base. I’m talking about preparing the skin for what’s to follow.
Nature Republic Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel, Shara Shara UV Capture Sebum Control Sun Cream SPF 50+ PA+++
After washing my face, I apply the Nature Republic soothing gel followed by the Shara Shara sunsreen. I got the sunscreen from a Buy 1 Take 1 promo when I was in Korea in August 2014. (Myungsoo’s fault for endorsing Shara Shara!) I’m… actually about to change this part of my ~routine~ but I just wanted to use up everything before moving on. 😛 I’m looking forward to using Bioré sunscreen since they’re now readily available at Watson’s here.
Okay, here goes the make-up part!
NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Make-up in 2W0 Warm Vanilla (my HG foundation ♥), K-Palette Okuma Concealer in 02, Charm Essentials Vegan Powder Brush, Snoe Poudre Phenomenon Pore Erasing HD Powder in Lemon
I let my sunscreen set a bit and wait for some 30 seconds before moving on to primer. I don’t need much of NYX Angel Veil primer since I only dot it around the center of my face. Plus, it spreads out very easily and fills in my pores.
After that–*dun dun dun*–is the foundation! I swear by Estee Lauder Double Wear–waterproof, sweatproof, and flawless medium coverage. By the way, just to let you know, it doesn’t actually have a pump; it comes with a twist-cap thing which I didn’t mind at first but then disliked it later because my foundation went bad after a while. To be fair, that was after 7 months of almost every day usage… but still. The cheapskate in me can’t accept it! To address that, I bought a MAC foundation pump in replacement of the normal cap. Anyway, I usually dispense just a pump of Double Wear. I dot it on one side of my face (usually the right side first, Idk why but yeah), blend it out with my brush, then do the same for the other side. By blending, I mean more tapping motions rather than sweeping motions. Usually, this would be enough but on days I need heavy-duty base, I follow-up with another layer. I use an additional half-pump, concentrating on the center of my face.
(Tip: The primer you use with the foundation should be of similar nature. As in, if the primer is silicone-based, the foundation has to be silicone-based as well. This is so they will adhere to each other properly. Angel Veil and Double Wear seem to work well together on me because they have a similar ingredient, Cyclopentasiloxane, in the top five listed on their packaging.)
Next, concealer. This Okuma concealer is made for the undereyes, so that’s where I use it. Plus, shade 02 is too light for my normal skin tone, so I don’t use it on my hyperpigmentations–actually, to be honest, I don’t cover up my hyperpigmentations. The foundation already does the job of fading them, so I just let them be. They’re also a reminder that I’m still human when I look at the mirror. 😛
Lastly, finishing powder. This Snoe HD Powder has been around with me since forever. I’ve been using it every day (even for make-up at work) since early this year and I’m not even halfway done with it. It’s alright though because it does the job of making my face look ~flawless~. I use a different powder brush for this and dust it veeeeery lightly on my face because Double Wear is already quite demi-matte. (I forgot to take a photo of it but I use the e.l.f. Studio Complexion Brush with the powder.)
And we’re done with base make-up!
You know what they say and you know the drill. Eyebrows will make or break your look!
Snoe What’s Up Brow Water Resistant Eyebrow Gel Corrector in Ochre, Charm Essentials Vegan Angled Eyeliner Brush, Innisfree Eco Eyebrow Pencil in No. 2 Black
When I groom my eyebrows to make them straight (hello straight Korean eyebrows peg), I have half-eyebrows. I’m not even kidding. I can rival Sungyeol’s eyebrows. (I just had to insert Infinite in this post lol typical Elaine!) Snoe’s eyebrow gel is indeed water-resistant but not oil-proof. If I feel that I need it to last
poreber forever, I dab a bit of the Snoe HD Powder. For touch-ups, I use the Innisfree eyebrow pencil.
PS. The Charm brushes I’ve mentioned come in a 14-piece set.
Ahh, this part is where I spend the longest. I may have taken the saying, “the eyes are the window to the soul,” a little too seriously. u_u
Innisfree Eye Primer, Urban Decay Naked Palette, 1028 Visual Therapy Eyeshadow Kit in Macaron, 1028 Visual Therapy Eyeshadow Kit in Brownie Eyes, Innisfree Mineral Single Shadow in no. 41 Sunset Path, Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black, Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Pencil Gel Liner in no. 12 Gold Shine
Now, I… just realized most of these products are either 1) difficult to get hold of or 2) expensive. 1028 Visual Therapy is from Taiwan (thanks, Agot, for introducing it to me!) while Urban Decay and Innisfree aren’t available locally in stores. Err, I’m sure there are other drugstore choices out there. Sleek’s eyeshadow palettes (found at Crossings Ramp) are pretty good and the prices are reasonable.
So many palettes but, really, do I even use all of these palettes for one look?
Answer: It depends on the mood. Sometimes I do use them all, sometimes I stick with one palette. In the most recent concert, I primed the skin around my eyes first with the Innisfree eye primer, followed by the eyeshadows. I used UD’s Half-Baked on my whole lid, Innisfree single shadow to deepen/contour the outer v, then used UD’s Naked again as a transition color.
I normally don’t use brushes for eyeshadows. I only grab one when I need to blend and when fingers aren’t enough for the job.
It’s obvious that I love my neutral eye colors, haha. I use a pop of color and even then, it’s just a highlight (the Clio Gelpresso) or a subtle, muted color (the Innisfree single shadow).
Finally, I line my eyes with Dolly Wink liquid eyeliner. That thing does not budge! I also swear by Majolica Majorca’s Perfect Automatic Liner.
Koji Dolly Wink false eyelashes in no. 9 Natural Dolly, Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara (my HG mascara ♥), Koji Dolly Wink Volume Mascara, Koji Eyelash Curler in no. 73
As you can see, for eye make-up, I trust Japanese brands with my life because they are incredibly waterproof and difficult to remove. Plakado-levels! That Heroine Make mascara is my HG mascara–it beat my Majolica Majorca Lash King in the waterproof department. Plus, it costs less. *_* As for the Dolly Wink falsies, I love them so much; they look so natural and they’re practically weightless on the eyes. It changed my perspective on falsies. *o* The glue that comes with it does a decent job on normal days. Because, unfortunately, after the concert, the corners of my falsies were already falling off, lol. 🙁 Maybe lash glue from Revlon, DUO, or Darkness would fare better in extreme conditions.
This… is where I skimp the most. Oops.
Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in 515 Coral Crush, The Body Shop All-in-One Face Base in 065 (sorry it looks gross and broken, it just means I love it to pieces haha get it? To pieces? #okbye)
I use the Maybelline lipstick as a blush. (Actually, I use any lipstick available as blush, hehe.) My line of thought: “It lasts on the lips, why not on the cheeks too?” #flawlesslogic I don’t know if it’s a placebo effect, but it does last, especially with Double Wear as the base. Let’s just pretend that the lippie is a cream blush, lol! I use fingers to dab the color on the high points of my cheeks. Then to contour, I use The Body Shop face base. Obviously, I used it a loooooot, so it looks wrecked. ;_; It’s a couple of shades darker than my normal skin tone… and it was on sale. 50% off! So I just had to get it. 😀
I don’t usually do highlighting, but when I’m in the mood (especially times when I feel that my complexion is lifeless) I use The Face Shop‘s Face It Baked Shimmer Blusher in 03 Apricot Aura. It leaves the skin glowing! It’s like an instant perk-me-up. 😀
Depending on my eye make-up (because that’s how I base which lip color to rock for the day), I’ll either use a neutral, muted pink or a really vibrant red. There’s no in-between. 😐
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Outlaw (sample size) (thanks Joie!), Artdeco Invisible Lip Contour, L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in B102 Rendez-vous, Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color in 045 Pink Me Up
I have more lippies with me but these shades are ones I currently use the most. The Artdeco lipliner is quite magical. As the name implies, it’s invisible; you can use any lip color on top of it. It’s like a lip primer that lets the color stay longer on your lips. It also keeps your lips moisturized and not-chapped. It’s just amazing. *_*
Since they’re neutral muted pinks, I use them at work too so I’ve used them up quite a lot. Also, fail swatches on my hand, lol. L’Oreal’s is sheerer than Maybelline’s, but still buildable.
Bright red, ahh. *_* This one has a matte finish. Fail swatch again, oops.
Throughout the day, I may touch-up lipstick and maaaaaybe the base. Oiliness and all, you know?
Watson’s Facial Absorbent Paper, Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF 50+ PA+++ in no. 23 Sand Beige
I blot using any oil-absorbing sheets; heck, even normal tissues will do, haha. But I don’t sweep the paper across my face because if I do, the oil mixed with the make-up will move around and just ruin the base. Instead, I blot and tap the paper to remove excess oil. After that, I may use the BB cushion to touch-up. However, with Double Wear as my main base, I find that I hardly retouch at all. With other foundations and BB/CC creams, though, I do this extra step.
The Laneige BB cushion isn’t just for touch-ups. I use them on days when I’m too lazy to apply base make-up or when I’m traveling. 😀 It has saved me one too many times!
Now, I’m all set and ready for the whole day!
I debated on whether to include this part or not. Technically, I’m done describing my weatherproof make-up routine. However… it’s still a routine, so I have to include the removal part.
The Face Shop Pore Clean Cleansing Oil, The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Tissue, Etude House Lip & Eye Remover, Etude House Baking Powder Pore Cleansing Foam, Human Heart Nature 100% Natural Detoxifying Mask + Scrub
After a looooong day, I’m ready to just dive into bedsheets and pass out. BUT! Before getting a good night’s sleep, I have to take off all my make-up and do my ~night skincare routine~ (which isn’t much but I digress haha!).
Step one: I spread one or two pumps of cleansing oil on my face (which can already also loosen the falsies in the process–I just have to shut my eyes and make sure none of the oil seeps in). Step two: I emulsify the oil with water, rub and massage, then rinse everything off. Step three: I use either cleansing sheets or lip and eye make-up remover + cotton pads to get rid of any make-up leftovers, especially mascara. Step four: I have to double cleanse with cleansing foam. Step five (optional): If my skin feels bumpy or rough, I use an exfoliating scrub–either leave it as a mask for a few minutes then rinse off or use it as a scrub then rinse off. (The HHN one works super well! It doesn’t leave the skin dry even if it’s a scrub. Plus, It’s Earth-friendly, cruelty-free, and cheap.)
And now, friends, my skin’s all clean! As for nighttime skincare, you should just do what you normally do. 😀
Like I said earlier, these products are the ones that worked for my skin condition. Still, I hope this post gave you a good idea on what you may or may not use. I’m always open for make-up and skincare suggestions, so feel free to comment below. ♥ (Still looking for that perfect finishing spray/mist–looking at Ben Nye!)