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Going the distance


Keep skin hydrated

This is especially important when you have to spend long hours on a plane.

Apply thin layers of hydrating skin and eyecare products before wearing make-up. This ensures that your face paint goes on more smoothly and stays on longer.

Use a hydrating mask the night before or morning of the flight, before your usual skincare routine.

Try Lancome Hydra Intense Hydrating Gel Mask, $60; or Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, $55.

Moisturise the skin

Then, prep skin with a hydrating serum, followed by a lightweight, non-greasy moisturiser that offers an extended moisture boost.

Try Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, from $130 for 30ml; or Albion Exage Serum Birth, $82, from Level 1 Takashimaya Department Store.

For moisturisers, try Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15, $24.90, from Guardian stores; or Dr Ci:Labo Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX moisturiser, from $65 for 50g, from B3-41 Ion Orchard.

Remember to drink lots of water: It is also important to hydrate yourself from the inside out.






Invest in a good primer

A good primer or make-up base helps your foundation last longer and gives your complexion an airbrushed finish.

Try Lancome La Base Pro Perfecting Make Up Primer Smoothing Effect (right), $68; or Cle de Peau Beaute Brightening Enhancer Base, $105.

Apply your base make-up evenly

When used correctly and with a brush, liquid foundation gives your complexion a polished and natural-looking glow.

Try Lancome Teint Miracle Natural Light Creator Bare Skin Perfection (far right), $66.

Or Estee Lauder CyberWhite Brilliant Perfection Advanced Brightening GelCreme Makeup SPF21/PA+, $66, from Estee Lauder counters.

With short, light strokes, sweep liquid foundation from the nose towards the ears, forehead and chin with a foundation brush. Good foundation brushes can be found at Lancome, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and Shu Uemura.

Using light circular strokes, blend the foundation with the brush on your jawline towards your neck to ensure seamless coverage.

If you want to add another layer of foundation, wait for the first layer to dry first.

Conceal imperfections flawlessly

Next, dab some concealer on the underye area and gently pat it in with your ring finger. Choose a shade that is close to your skin tone.

Try Lancome Teint Miracle Natural Light Creator Bare Skin Perfection Perfecting Concealer Pen, $56. Or Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, $60, from Bobbi Brown counters.

When applying concealer onto blemishes, tap lightly with your fingers instead of rubbing it into the skin.

If you rub concealer on bumpy blemishes, the formula will collect on the edges of the pimple, highlighting instead of camouflaging it.

Try Estee Lauder CyberWhite Brilliant Perfection Full Spectrum Brightening High Cover Spot Concealer, $38. Or Revlon ColorStay Concealer, $19.90, from Watsons stores.

Set the base make-up

Dust on some loose powder to set your make-up and make it last longer. Do not press the brush into the powder pot as you will pick up too much and end up caking up your face. Instead, dip the brush gently into the pot and tap the excess off before applying the powder to your face.

Try Make Up For Ever High Definition Microfinish Powder, $55, from Sephora; or Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder, $72, from Shiseido counters.

Extra tip from flight attendants

They recommend that to keep your skin hydrated and the foundation looking fresh, use a hydrating mist.

First, blot away facial oil with a tissue. Hold the bottle of mist at about an arm's length away from your face and spray. Let the mist settle on your skin for a few seconds, pat the moisture in, then reapply the foundation.

Try Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist, $39 for 150ml; or Ettusais Aqua Splash Touch-Up Mist, $29.









Eyedrops prevent smudges

Watery eyes equals smudges. So pack eyedrops to prevent your eyes from getting too dry, red or teary.

Apply a thin layer of eyelid primer to help your eye colours stay on longer.

Try Laura Mercier Eye Canvas, $40, from Sephora stores; or M.A.C Prep and Prime Eye Primer, $30, from M.A.C counters.

Use waterproof products

Use a waterproof liner. Try Lancome Crayon Kohl Waterproof liner, $36; or Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Caviar Ink, $40, from Bobbi Brown counters.

To further prevent smudging, apply a thin layer of matching eyeshadow onto the eyeliner. The powder will help absorb the oils in the liner and make it stay put.

Use waterproof mascara. Thin, even coats ensure that it lasts longer.

Try Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara, $50; or ZA Killer Volume Mascara, $18.50, from Watsons stores.


Make it stay

Line your lips to make your pout look more defined and polished.

Lip liner can also serve as a base for your lipstick, so apply it all over your lips, not just on the edges. This will help your lipstick last longer.

Try Chanel Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer, $32; or Silky Girl Long-Wearing lipliner, $8.90, from Watsons stores.

Even if your lipstick fades, the lip liner will still give your lips some colour.

To add intensity to the colour, apply thin layers of lipstick instead of one heavy coat and blot your lips on a piece of tissue after each layer.

Frequent touch-ups

For long-wearing lipsticks, try Lancome L'Absolu Rouge, $44.

Or Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipstick, $19.90, from Watsons and Guardian stores. Finally, outline your lips with concealer so as to prevent the colour from bleeding.

Keep lipstick off your teeth

Once you are done applying the lipstick, put your index finger into your mouth and pull it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger and reduce chances of it staining your teeth.


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