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The heat has come upon us and if you’ve noticed that your foundation is caking up and your face is greasier than usual, you’re not alone. (We’ve all been there, TBH.) It’s merely a sign that it’s time to switch skincare and makeup routines because the heavy creams just feel too gross on the skin and the “glow” foundations, too greasy to call dewy.

“Hulas” is a term for makeup that has broken down, caked up, and faded. This is caused by the sweltering summer heat, which then makes you produce more oil and sweat. To put it simply, hulas isn’t your friend nor is it anyone’s.

Looking to have hulas-proof, heat-proof, commute-proof, and potentially life-proof makeup this summer? Here are some our tips and tricks:

1. Prep the skin.

In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer, P895. Available at and

If you ask any makeup artist on what’s the most important step in creating any look, it’s skincare. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing the skin makes a huge difference in the end result. The skin looks more plump and radiant. Good skin also requires less makeup so stick to a reliable skincare routine that’s non-greasy and non-sticky. For a moisturizer, the In Her Element Rose Gel Serum Moisturizer is a lightweight yet hydrating option. It is a hybrid product that smooths out pores and lines, brightens the complexion, and fades dark spots.

Celeteque Dermoscience Hydration Facial Moisturizer, P231. Available at SM Store, Watsons, and

An affordable dupe is Celeteque’s Hydration Facial Moisturizer. It’s in a gel formula, too, so it’s guaranteed lightweight and non-greasy.

2. Use primer. 

Ellana Cosmetics Blur Makeup Primer, P799. Available at and

The best weapon to prevent makeup breaking down, it’s important to add primer into your routine. It allows your makeup to go on smoother and last longer. It also helps absorb oil and sweat. While there are many types of primers, blurring ones are perfect for when you have issues with pores and oily skin (which most Filipinas struggle with). The Ellana Cosmetics Blur Makeup Primer is a silicone-based primer that fills the pores, blurs imperfections, and locks in moisture.

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser, P299. Available at SM Store, Watsons, and

The Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser is an affordable alternative that minimizes the look of pores and provides a matte skin finish.

3. Choose a long-wearing foundation. 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation, P399. Available at SM Store, Watsons, and

The performance of your foundation is key to making your makeup last. This product will practically occupy most of your face so it has to be ‘Holy Grail’ quality. Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte+Poreless foundation took the beauty world by storm and it will surely do the same to your makeup routine. It’s a mattifying liquid foundation minimizes the look of pores, controls shine and blurs fine lines.

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, P525. Available at SM Store, Watsons, and

The Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte is another foundation with strong staying power. It’s waterproof and steam-proof so no matter how humid the day can be, you’ll still be able to go home with a full face on.

4. Spritz some setting spray. 

Milani Make It Last Setting Spray, P650. Available at

Setting sprays are meant to prolong applied makeup. It’s the final touch that makes sure that everything stays in place. The Milani Make It Last Setting Spray is a favorite among beauty gurus. Not only seal and set the makeup for up to 16 hours, it can also prime and correct the skin. It prevents creasing, smudging, fading, and shine.

L’oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender & Setting Spray, P500. Available at SM Store, Watsons, and

The L’oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender & Setting Spray is another highly-praised product for its mild, oil-free, and lightweight formula.

5. Blot excess oil. 

Beauty Blender Bloterazzi Pro Blotting Sponge, P990. Available at

If your makeup somehow still managed to mess up (which we honestly can’t imagine possible with all the tips we’ve listed), make sure to have a blotting sponge in hand. It removes excess oil without ruining your makeup look. It’s washable and reusable, too, so you don’t need to worry about blotting papers running out.

Happy Skin Charcoal Blotting Sheets, P149. Available at SM Store,, and

An affordable dupe to Bloterazzi would be Happy Skin’s Charcoal Blotting Sheets. Obviously, this is not a sponge but it works just as well in removing the grease. It’s bigger than the usual blotting sheets, too, but just as portable and convenient to use.


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