Making Makeup Last

Making Makeup Last

There are times that we need our makeup to last.  Whether it is a date after work or a long summer day, here are some tips and tricks for getting the most staying-power out of your products.

Prime.  I will never tire of emphasizing the importance of priming. Oil naturally produced by your skin breaks down makeup.  By priming, you are creating a barrier between your skin and the makeup, allowing it to last longer. So, prime any area of your face that you will apply makeup, be it your skin, eyelids, under eye area, or lips.  PRIME PRIME PRIME!
(My picks: Hourglass Veil Mineral PrimerToo Faced Shadow InsuranceSmashbox Under Eye Primer, and Guerlain Kiss Kiss LipLift)

Layer.  When your eyeshadow and blush fade, you can be left with harsh eyeliner and a pale complexion.  Try layering a waterproof cream shadow on top of your primer, before applying your regular powder shadow. Or use a cream blush before using your translucent setting powder and powder blush.  This extra layer acts as insurance – so when your powders fade, you know you’re still covered.
(My picks: MAC Paint Pot and NARS Cream Blush)

Set everything.  Use a Kabuki brush to press and roll setting powder into your skin.  For smaller areas, like under the eyes or around the nostrils, use a small (clean!) eyeshadow brush to push the powder in.  Setting your liquids keeps them where they are and helps to prevent creasing and fading.  It also creates the perfect base for applying very pigmented powders, so you don’t have to worry about them sticking and not blending out properly.
(My picks: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder and Make Up For Ever Kabuki Brush)

The bottom line.  There are things you can do to make your makeup last, but your best bet will be smart touchups.  Some things I always keep on hand are blotting papers, pressed foundation powder, and lipstick or gloss.
(My picks:  Boscia Blotting LinensMake Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder FoundationYves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain)

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