Whether you’re running errands all day or going straight from work to an evening soirée, sometimes you just need your makeup to last! It isn’t always practical (or realistic) to take out the time to reapply. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve on ways you can make your makeup last.
First thing’s first, before you apply any makeup make sure you are starting, with freshly exfoliated skin. Clean skin and a good scrub will brush off all those dead, dry skin cells off your face which so often leads to dryness and cracking. Not sure which products to try? Check out our list on the best at-home exfoliators. (LINK)
Ditch the Foundation
Before you close your laptop and scream in horror at this idea, consider this: no matter what you do, foundation can often end up looking cakey throughout the day. Let’s accept that and instead, apply concealer or a dab of long-wearing foundation on only the spots you need it. Cover under eye circles, around the nose, lip area or anywhere else you may have discoloration or blemishes to hide. Finish with an all-over powder for a smooth finish and rejoice in the fact that you won’t have to worry about looking like a cakey mess by the end of the night.
Go ahead and commit this to memory now: primer is your best friend! A great skin primer will smooth out the skin and make for a clear canvas on which you’ll be applying your makeup. It will also help your makeup last longer and glide on for a flawless finish. Some of our favorite primers to try include Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer and Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
And speaking of primer, don’t forget about eyeshadow primer, too! If you aren’t familiar with the product, it really works well as a base for your eyeshadow color to help prevent fading. If you have greasy lids that sometimes causes your eyeliner to run, eyeshadow primer also helps with that, too. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion Tube is a great product to try. If you don’t have any on hand, a quick dot of some creamy concealer on the lids works well, too.
Attend to Lashes
It isn’t exactly comfortable to be wearing falsies all day, so getting natural, long lasting lashes is a huge want! And for that, we’ve got a few great tips: First when you curl your lashes, be sure you’re heating up your eyelash curler. Just like a hot curling iron makes for long-wearing effects in your locks, the same goes for your eyelashes, too! To heat up your curling iron, simply hold it under the blow dryer for a minute or so. Next, dust a bit of translucent face powder over your lashes. Since the powder will slightly cling to the lashes, it’ll help them look longer and more lush once mascara is applied. Go ahead and do a few coats of your favorite mascara to ensure it lasts all night long. Maybelline Volum’ Express the Colossal is one of our favorites.
Just like with your face and eyelids, prepping your lips before applying color is the key to making it last longer. A bit of foundation applied before your lipstick will do the trick and help keep your lip color from going astray. A great lip liner will also help hold color in place; just be sure to use a neutral lip color instead of a deep red so you don’t end up with the dreaded ring around the lips if your lipstick fades.