Beat the Shine: 5 Must-Have Beauty Products to Survive the Hong Kong Summer

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Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer

If you really want to stay shine-free, you’ve got to start at the beginning. Some say primers are a waste of time and can easily be culled from your makeup routine, but this one from Make Up For Ever is worth the extra 30 seconds it takes to apply in the morning.

A true mattifying miracle, the primer aids in the application of your make up for a seamless finish and longer staying power! Unlike many primers out there, it’s  also silicone free,  so it is perfect for those with sensitive skin. 

Available at Make Up For Ever stockists in Hong Kong

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Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay

This setting spray is so good it should be one of the first things any girl packs when coming to Hong Kong. Tried and tested, it will keep your makeup looking fresh and flawless throughout the day (and into the wee hours!).

Go for the De-Slick to control oil and deflect surface shine for skin that looks beautifully matte all day long. Or, if you’re heading to LKF for the evening, the All Nighter promises to keep your make-up in place for an amazing 16-hours! Whilst the Chill is ideal for days when temperatures really rise! Its cooling, time-release temperature control technology works to chill the surface of your makeup.

Available at Urban Decay stockists in Hong Kong or online via Selfridges

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Laura Mercier ‘Secret Finish' Mattifying Gel

This mattifying gel is another secret weapon used to fight the shine. Ideal for touch-ups throughout the day, the lightweight gel instantly removes shine from the area it is applied to – and lasts for hours!

Use just a tiny blob and apply with your fingertips in a circular motion to refresh makeup and achieve instant mattification!

Available at Laura Mercier stockists in Hong Kong

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MAC Set Powder

Setting powder may seem like something your granny used to use, but in recent years it’s had a modern makeover, and MAC’s offering is amongst the best out there.  For those who want a truly matte finish, this is the product you will want. Simply sweep a light dusting of the translucent powder onto your skin over makeup for a silky finish and say bye-bye to shine!

Along with setting your face makeup perfectly in place, try using the powder on your lips as well, to achieve a modern matte look with serious staying power.

Available at MAC stores across Hong Kong 

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Sephora Oil Blotting Papers

Handy and easy to chuck into your handbag, Sephora’s blotting papers are a godsend for we oil-prone ladies. The papers effortlessly absorb any excess oil and shine without drying out your skin. Gently wipe the paper over oily areas of your face for an instantly refreshed and beautifully matte finish. A great and affordable option for beating the shine!

Available online via Sephora HK

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