How to Make Your Makeup Last All Day
If you’ve ever applied your makeup in the morning just to find out midday that it’s completely gone, don’t panic. 5-Minute Crafts has prepared several tips on how to make your beautiful look last much longer.
1. Prepare your skin.
- Cleanse the skin on your face as you usually do.
- Then use a toner to balance out the pH of your skin and make it look smoother and brighter.
- Moisturize your skin with the correct moisturizer for your skin type. Choose an oil-free moisturizer that absorbs quickly and gives adequate moisture to your skin at the same time.
- Wait for about 10 minutes after your skincare routine before applying makeup. This will give all the products enough time to be absorbed properly.
Tip: You should also exfoliate your skin at least 2 times a week to keep it smooth and remove any excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells from the surface. Do it right after cleansing and before applying toner.
2. Apply the primer to your face and eyes.
- Apply a face primer with your fingers to fill in your pores and smooth out fine lines.
- Apply an eye primer with your fingertips to even out the skin tone of your lids, neutralize redness, and help your eye shadow stick better.
Tip: Basically, there are 2 types of primers — water-based and silicone-based. Water-based primers hydrate your skin, and the glycerin they contain gives it a natural look. Silicone-based primers are usually smoother but they might make your makeup look heavier because of their thick formula.
3. Use foundation, then concealer.
- Apply liquid foundation using a beauty blender.
- Then apply concealer under your eyes and on blemishes before blending it all in with a beauty blender. This way, everything will stay where it’s supposed to and you won’t need to fix it several times.
Tip: An oil-free foundation will stay put best because it doesn’t contain the emollient ingredients that can make makeup slide off your face.
4. Don’t apply foundation with your fingers.
- Don’t use your fingers to apply foundation if you don’t want your makeup to break down quickly. Instead, apply it using a beauty blender.
Tip: The beauty blender will also help you to apply lighter layers of foundation that will last longer than thick, heavy ones applied with your fingers.
5. Use a setting powder.
- If you want to prevent your makeup from sliding off your face, use a setting powder that matches the color of your liquid foundation. It will keep your liquids and creams from moving.
Tip: The setting powder will also help to reduce shine if you have oily skin.
6. Choose a cream blush.
- Gel, liquid, and cream blushes are highly pigmented, which is why they last longer.
Tip: If you still prefer powder blush, use a slightly brighter shade than what you think you should use. It will fade away throughout the day and turn into a more subtle color.
7. Apply a liquid eyeliner.
- Liquid and gel eyeliners last longer than pencils. Pencils are usually made of wax, which is why they may easily melt straight off your face.
Tip: If you still prefer using a pencil, trace over it with a matching eye shadow to set the pencil better. For this, use a slant-tip brush or the tip of a foam applicator.
8. Apply lipstick in layers.
This technique will give your lipstick a base to hold onto without drying out and cracking your lips.
- Apply your lipstick as usual, then blot it with a tissue.
- Using a brush, dust your lips with a translucent finishing powder.
- Add another layer of your lipstick and repeat all the steps until you get the result that you want.
Tip: Apply the lipstick with a brush — it presses the pigment deeper into your lips than a tube or your finger would.
9. Use a setting spray.
- A setting spray will help to freshen your makeup and seal it for the entire day.
Tip: There are several more ways you can use a setting spray:
- Spray it on your beauty blender before applying foundation and on your concealer brush before applying concealer to make everything last longer.
- Spray it on your eyeliner and eyeshadow brushes before applying them to lock down the pigment.
10. Don’t touch your face.
- Touching your face during the day will not only smudge your makeup, but it can also spread oils and bacteria to the skin of your face, which can cause blemishes.
Tip: Every time you feel the urge to touch your face, use a soothing facial mist instead.
11. Blot your face during the day.
- Don’t reapply powder over your makeup as it may give your skin a heavy look. To remove the oil and unnecessary shine from your face, use oil-absorbing blotting papers.
- If you have oily skin, choose blotting papers without mineral oil as it might clog your pores even more.
Tip: If you don’t have any blotting papers, you can use a toilet seat cover instead.