Each morning, you leave your home with a flawless face of makeup, but after a few hours, you peer into the mirror to find your foundation looking thick, your T-zone excessively oily, and your pores prominently visible once more.

If this feels familiar, you’re not alone! Residing in a hot and humid environment like Malaysia often leads to uneven or fast-fading makeup.

Don’t worry, though, as we have the top tips to ensuring your base makeup look as good as it did in the morning.

The right way to achieve a shine-free face

Credit: @slaybyjess/TikTok

The biggest reason our makeup appears much less pristine as it did in the morning is due to the production of excess oil and sweat on our face. At this point, you may be tempted to apply loose powder directly to the skin to fix it. Don’t do that, though.

This makes your makeup appear even more blotchy, creates uneven patches, and also subjects your powder puff to the unnecessary torture of picking up a large amount of oil and bacteria from your face.

Credit: @makeupbymonicaa/TikTok

Instead, get an oil-blotting sheet or paper towel, and lightly dab away excess oil on your skin. Avoid rubbing it as this could cause the concealer and foundation to come right off!

Too Cool For School Artclass Blotting Paper

Too Cool For School Artclass Blotting Paper

This pact-style blotting paper is designed to maintain your makeup’s freshness all day long by gently removing excess sebum and preserving your skin and makeup’s vitality. Crafted entirely from eco-friendly Korean mulberry paper, these sheets help ensure minimal irritation to your skin while effectively eliminating excess oil and sebum. The built-in mirror and puff also make it convenient for touch-ups on the go!


Then, pat or dust on a thin layer of translucent power on the areas where you’ve just removed excess oil from so that your makeup appears natural and not too heavy. Remember that less is more when it comes to touching up.

Credit: @klaxtniel/TikTok

How to tackle mottled or powdery spots

If you notice that your skin appears particularly mottled and powdery in certain areas, you should wipe off the remaining makeup and give your skin a hydration boost before reapplying anything else.

Credit: dats_what_she/Reddit

To do so, dab on a small amount of cream-based moisturiser and use a circular motion to remove your makeup at the affected spots. If you don’t have any moisturisers on hand, you can use a clear lip balm instead as it gives the same makeup removal effect!

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF50+

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF50+

This fragrance-free and hypoallergenic moisturiser is designed to defend against five signs of skin sensitivity, including dryness, irritation, roughness, tightness and a weakened skin barrier. Besides hydrating and nourishing the skin, it also provides SPF 50 protection against sun damage, without leaving a heavy residue!


Then, wait for it to absorb into your skin completely before reapplying concealer. This helps to guard against caking or flaking for the next couple of hours.

For an ultra-mattifying effect, you could also use a powderless setting powder, which helps to blur your pores and remove all noticeable shine from your face!

Featured image credit: @diaryoftroubledskin, @makeupbymonicaa, @klaxtniel/ TikTok