Don’t you just hate it when your perfectly applied makeup does a U-turn on you before lunch break? It just starts to disappear and you start to see oil on your skin. Before you know, you have reapplied your makeup thrice before the end of the day.
That’s horrible. I’m sure you must be wondering how to make your makeup last longer. Don’t worry. That’s what I’m going to address in this article so keep reading.
Disappearing makeup, as I like to call it, doesn’t just happen to oily-skinned folks. It is a problem for dry skin, combination skin, and all other skin types in between. And it’s caused by a number of factors which will be addressed below.
From prepping your skin, to choosing the right base and makeup application techniques, here are 11 ways to ensure that your makeup lasts longer.
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- Prep your skin
If your skin is not properly prepped with skincare, no other makeup-lasting measure you take will work. Your skin prep is essentially your skincare routine, which should be applied in the right order. It usually looks like this:
- Serum/spot treatment
- Sunscreen (SPF 30 and over)
However, you should include exfoliation in this list. Bacteria, oil and dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of the skin (the epidermis), which can lead to texture showing through when you apply your makeup.
Exfoliating your skin will help remove the oil and bacteria, and slough off the dead skin cells that can cause makeup to flake. It helps keep your skin clean and fresh so that your makeup lasts longer.
Applying a toner after cleansing and exfoliating your skin will help you balance the pH of your skin and make it look brighter, which will also help your makeup products last longer.
After using your toner, you should hydrate your skin with the correct moisturizer for your skin type. This will provide the perfect base for your foundation and concealer to stay on all day, while providing moisture to the skin. It will also help avoid creases and fine lines that peek through makeup later in the day.
However, some people complain that their foundation slides off their face when they apply it over moisturizer. This can happen if your makeup is not rightly balanced.
Applying makeup is similar to baking a cake. If your base is sliding when you apply it over moisturizer, it means that you’re probably using a very heavy moisturizer. Either that or your moisturizer becomes heavy when foundation is applied on it.
When picking out moisturizers, consider your skin type. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, you should use a richer moisturizer, and follow it with an oil-free/lightweight foundation. If your skin type is oily or combination, you should use a lightweight moisturizer and foundation.
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- Use a primer
Despite all the noise going around that primers have no purpose, using the right primer can work magic when it comes to helping your makeup last all day. Primers essentially seal in your moisturizer, and create a barrier that smoothens the epidermis and prevents your foundation from clogging your pores.
When choosing a primer, opt for a water-based, oil-free primer; this will keep your foundation from moving around. Primers that feel a bit tacky when applied are great for helping your makeup last longer because they give your foundation something to hold on to.
You should also prime your eyelids before applying your eye makeup. Eye primers create a surface that will show the true pigment of eyeshadows when they are applied. Primers also help your eyeshadows blend easier and last longer without creasing. If you cannot get a hold of an eye primer, you can just apply a concealer, blend it out and set it with setting powder before applying your eyeshadows.
Fun tip: Spritz some priming spray on your eyeshadow brush before applying eyeshadow on your eyelids. It helps lock down the pigment to last all day and also gives your eyelids a glow. This works best for shimmery eyeshadows.
- Use the right foundation formula
If makeup was a building, foundation would be the…. well, foundation. Foundation perfects the base that the rest of your makeup would go on. That is why you should choose foundation formulations that are suitable for your skin type.
My first tip for this would be: DO NOT use oil-based foundation. It will slide right off your face! Even if you have very dry skin, you should still go for an oil-free foundation. Just make sure you moisturize your skin very well.
Even better, opt for a matte foundation (not a dewy one) as they tend to last much longer. You can also choose long-wear foundation formulas if you have oily skin. If you have extremely dry/dehydrated skin, don’t use long-wear/waterproof/sweatproof foundation formulas.
Matte foundation isn’t all that great for dry skin too as it tends to get really flaky and ‘disappear’. This is because your skin would not be able to differentiate between makeup and moisturizer so it will absorb all the hydration and oil it can. This causes your foundation to flake and evaporate.
Instead opt for a moisturizing—and oil-free!—formulation.
- Set your makeup with translucent powder
Okay, so I’m sure you must have seen makeup enthusiasts/gurus ‘baking’ their faces. If you’ve not, then you’re living under a rock. No offense, but you seriously have to get out and see the world.
Back to the main matter. This baking process usually involves the MUA caking certain areas of their faces (under the eyes, nose, chins, etc.) with a LOT of powder and then blending it in.
I admit that I used to skip this step when I started doing makeup (which was stupid, because I have very oily skin) because I thought it would make my makeup look cakey. Baking actually does the reverse.
Setting your makeup with powder makes your makeup look flawless and last longer. However, this can only happen if you use TRANSLUCENT POWDER. And that’s in caps because it is very important to know that translucent powder is NOT the same as normal powder.
Applying a lightweight translucent setting powder (that matches your concealer color) on your forehead, nose, under your eyes and chin will ensure that your makeup doesn’t oxidize or slide throughout the day. It also prevents the appearance of fine lines and makeup creases. If you use any liquid/cream products on your skin, set them with a counterpart powder to make sure that they don’t slide off mid-day.
Translucent setting powder should come after you have applied all your complexion products (foundation, concealer, etc.). It will mattify your makeup by soaking the excess oil left on the skin.
While setting the powder on top of liquid and cream products, try to stipple it onto the face. Don’t buff the powder in small circles. Tap it. This technique will keep the liquids and creams locked in throughout the day.
Make sure to keep a lightweight translucent powder with you so that you can blot out any oils that might seep through your makeup.
Fun tip: If you can’t get your hands on a cream blush, mix a primer with a matte liquid lipstick (equal parts of both) to create the perfect tint. You can use more liquid lipstick to enhance the color or more primer to dilute the color. This will even last longer than the traditional cream blush. This is one of my best makeup tricks.
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- Use waterproof products
Waterproof makeup is elite, especially when you’re going to places where your emotions would be activated, e.g. funerals, weddings, etc. waterproof products are also great for hot days or oily skin (don’t use waterproof foundation s you have dry skin, please). Because waterproof formulas are resistant to liquid, they have the tendency to last a very long time.
Even if you have dry skin and cannot wear waterproof foundation, you can definitely use waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Those don’t smudge. Normal water-soluble eyeliners tend to smudge under the eyes after you’ve worn it for a long time. Eye creams hasten this effect: the raccoon effect.
Opt for waterproof when wanting your eyes to stay smudge free all day long. Mascaras and eyeliners tend to smudge under the eyes after excessive wear and especially if you use eye cream. Try a waterproof formula so that you don’t get the ‘raccoon effect’ after a few hours.
- Apply your makeup in light layers
Many people think that the key to making your makeup last longer is to apply more makeup. This is completely false. In makeup, the rule, ‘less is more’ applies. Applying your makeup in light layers will help it last longer during the day. It will also give you a more natural-looking finish rather than a cakey one.
Instead of using a brush to apply your foundation, use a makeup blender/sponge. Makeup blenders tend to make lighter layers than brushes, and can create a smooth complexion.
- Use setting spray
If you don’t know, setting spray is that thing MUAs spray on their muse’s face after the makeup is done. As denoted by the name, setting spray is used to ‘set’ or keep makeup in place after it’s done. It can also refresh your makeup and seal it for a natural look that can last all day. There are different kinds of setting spray formulations: hydrating formulations, mattifying formulations and illuminating formulations for extra glow.
There are a few things you should do while applying a setting spray. First, just use a few spritzes and let it dry off. Don’t spray too much. Second, try not to touch your face right after spritzing (while it is still wet). In fact, don’t touch your face at all.
If you run out of setting spray, you can use hairspray. It sounds ludicrous, I know, but it works. Just trust me—use just a few spritzes—and you’ll be fine.
- Layer your lip products
It took me quite some time to figure out how to make my lipstick last longer. I thought the trick was to apply lip gloss over it, but I always ended up reapplying my lipstick. The trick is to layer all your lip products.
The first trick is to use lip liner (the same color as your lipstick) underneath your lipstick. This creates a second layer to your lipstick and keeps it from fading totally. After you apply your lipstick, blot it with a tissue, dust a very light layer of translucent finishing powder across it, then apply another layer of lipstick. Repeat this procedure until you get your desired lipstick opacity.
This layering technique will prevent your lipstick from drying and cracking your lips.
- Don’t touch your face
Take your hands off your face NOW!
Seriously, this is super important. Touching the face constantly is one of the reasons your makeup fades. Every time you touch your face, your fingers move the makeup and wipe it off gradually.
That’s why you should try your best possible to keep your hands off your face. Don’t rest your hands on your face, rub your face, or touch your face at all. Apart from makeup, touching your face too often can also lead to acne breakouts because your hands collect dirt, bacteria and oil throughout the day.
Touching your face can spread that gunk all over your facial skin and you DO NOT want that, trust me.
- Blot your makeup
What do you do when you go to the restroom to refresh your powder after some of it’s wiped off? Reapply, right?
Instead of reapplying powder foundation, blot it out with blotting paper or a blotting sponge to soak up the excess oil. Why? It’s because a lot of powder can look cakey on the skin, and even remove the powder that is already on your skin.
- Keep your makeup essentials on you
You cannot completely count on your makeup to last all day so it is best to keep the essentials on you as you go about your day.
Make sure you have your blotting paper/sponge with you to soak up excess oil. Keep your lipstick in your purse and your pressed lightweight powder to touch up. Remember to always tap (not buff) your powder in lightly into your skin.
Wrapping It Up
All right, luvs. This is the end of the article. I’m sure you can see that making your makeup last all day is not as hard as is it seems. Follow these techniques and you’re good to go.
Which one of these tips have you tried? Do you feel like I missed something? Tell me down in the comments below. I respond to each one.
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Hi there! I’m Althea Storm, creator of Althea’s Alcove. I am a blogger, beauty expert, makeup artist, Pinterest strategist, freelance writer, future crime fiction author and video game programmer. I know it’s a lotta things, but a girl’s gotta get the bag, not so?
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