How To Make Your Makeup Last


 “My skin eats blush!”  “I feel like my makeup is gone by noon!” Sound like you? Let me tell you how to make that face bulletproof, because there’s no sense in making it #FLAWLESS if it’s not going stand the test of time!

There are eye primers and face primers. Both create a surface for makeup to grip onto, so to speak, thus lasting much longer. They do a few other things too though. For example, by priming your eyelids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, not only will you make your shadows and liners last longer, but it will also prevent creasing, make shadows more vibrant and cancel out any lid discoloration. By priming your face with Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional, you will make your foundation and powder last, but it also does a great job of filling in fine lines, wrinkles and pores, allowing for makeup to glide over skin more smoothly. Some primers even have SPF and anti-aging ingredients, like this one!

Cream Blush
I love blush. I always have. When I want it to really last, I do a cream blush first. After applying your liquid or cream products, tap Nyx Cosmetics Cream Blush onto the apples of your cheeks with fingers or a small stippling brush.  A little goes a long way! Then lightly set with a translucent powder and dust your powder blush on top. This layering process gives powder blush something to adhere to and ensures that should it fade, you’ve still got that cream blush, glowing within. Think of your cream blush as your jab, your powder blush as your right hook. BAM!

Liquids and creams, like foundation and concealers, should melt into skin and become one with it. However, due to their emollient consistency, they’ll need to be set with a powder to prevent the slide n’ slide. A translucent powder like tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder will do just that, setting without depositing additional color or coverage. The best way to apply it if you want to really lock that face in, is with a powder puff. This video by Wayne Goss (lurve him), is excellent for learning the technique, but you’re basically pressing the powder into the skin.

Setting Spray
I’ve had people ask if these really work and I’m here to tell you that they do. Setting sprays have been used in film and theater makeup for decades, sealing it in under bright lights. Urban Decay Cosmetics All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is something I’ve used for many long days at music festivals, nights out and on clients for special events. It won’t clog pores, feels lovely and I think is the perfect finishing touch to truly mesh all your products together on the skin. You can also use setting sprays to refresh makeup or spray on a brush prior to applying loose pigments to amp up the color and staying power.
If you want a more budget friendly option, try NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray.

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1 Comment

  1. Marcy

    02/27/2015 at 1:01 PM

    Great article! I have an issue when tightlining – the black from my upper lid smears onto my waterline at the bottom (where I usually put a shear white liner). I assume there is no way to avoid this so I don’t tightline unless I have black all around, right?

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