It’s not easy to look fresh-faced the entire day, especially with the weather going from wet to dry in a span of an hour and all the while remaining annoyingly humid. This is why if you aim to keep your makeup from melting, you’ll need to form proper beauty habits and use products that stay on the whole day. To help you out, here are a few tips you can try to avoid looking hulas and ngarag especially when you have to look your professional best.


Protect your skin.

If you regularly commute, your face is almost always exposed to harsh elements which can quickly cause skin aging.  In your 30s, it becomes imperative that you take steps to protect your skin, and this goes beyond just putting on sunscreen in the morning; you’ll really need to invest in your skin with an arsenal of trusted products that you incorporate into your day and night beauty routines.

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TRY: Olay Total Effects Day Cream with SPF 15, P798/50g; Olay White Radiance Light Perfecting Essence P1,299/30ml; Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Night Cream, P1,799/50g, all available at the newly-launched Official Olay Store on Lazada

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If you can, only put on makeup once you get to work.

There’s really no point of putting on makeup only to have it ruined by smoke and sweat before you even reach your office. Instead of spending time doing it at home, why not head out earlier so that you can pretty up at your leisure before your shift starts? Just remember to always wash your face before putting on anything so that you’ll have a clean base to work on.


TRY: Nivea Extra White Repair Pore Minimizer Foam, P154; Nivea Gentle Cleansing Wipes, P144; available in department stores and beauty counters


Prime and prep.

You probably skip putting on primer especially when you’ve already lathered on moisturizer, but if you want your makeup to last longer, then this is a must. A primer does exactly what its name connotes—it primes and smoothens your skin to ensure easy makeup application. There are some primers that double as moisturizers, but if you feel better putting on both, then make sure that the moisturizer you use is light and non-greasy so that you won’t feel icky when you layer on your primer after a few minutes.



TRY: Kat Von D Lock-It Hydrating Primer, P2,003, available at


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Trust in the power of powder.

Don’t want so much gunk on your face but aiming to keep that fresh look? Replace your foundation with mineral powder for a flawless finish. There are a lot of great mattifying options out there; it’s really just about what your skin is hiyang with. You may also want to invest in translucent finishing powder to blur fine lines and blemishes especially if you’ve got special events you need to attend.


TRY: Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact, P480, available at Althea; Sephora Collection Glow Finishing Pressed Powder, P1,002, available at; Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional: Agent Zero Shine, P1,700, available at and Benefit branches


Seal everything in.

Setting sprays are awesome since they make sure that nothing moves once you’ve spritzed the product on your face. You’ll just need to be very careful about applying only the right amount and letting it dry before doing anything, lest your makeup runs.


TRY: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender & Setting Spray, P500, available at L’Oreal’s Official Store on Lazada and at beauty counters


Stay hydrated.

Help your moisturizer by using facial mists. Yes, it may seem arte, but if you’ve been running from meeting to meeting, or even if you’ve been just sitting in your cubicle with the office air conditioning drying your skin, these facial mists are awesome. Spritz on just enough to perk your skin up and keep you from looking haggard.


TRY: Avène Thermale Spring Water with Anti-irritant, Soothing, and Anti-inflammatory Properties, P557/50ml, available at Watsons



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