A Beauty Essential: How to: Get your makeup to last all day


Whether it's a special occasion or event, or just a long day at work or whatever, there are times when we need our makeup to last all day and still look good. But there are a few things that I like to do to get a long lasting makeup look.

I use a primer everyday because I feel it contributes to how my skin and makeup look, however not everyone likes to do that or has the skin that can stand a primer everyday, but if you want your makeup to last all day or for an event, in a hot and sweaty atmosphere or whatever the case may be, starting with a primer is going to certainly increase the wear time of your makeup, as well as help the appearance and how your products adhere to your skin. There are many different primers available, from the mattifying, and reducing the appearance of pores like the Benefit Porefessional or the ones that smooth and even the texture of your skin like the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. There's even ones for giving your skin an extra radiance boost like the Bourjois Luminous Serum Primer and the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, or even something like the Seventeen Skin WOW 3 Way Highlighter which, as the name suggests, is a highlighter but can be used as a primer on specific parts of your face or all over, these are all products I highly recommend and use all the time. 

Although a primer is very important, the foundation you use also has a very big part to play in the longevity of your makeup. There are foundations like Revlon Colourstay or Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation that are very good, long lasting bases. A more watery, liquid foundation doesn't tend to wear as long as the thicker creamier formulas. Both of these not only look good when you apply them, but stay looking incredible all day. With concealer and other products, you want to look for a long lasting formula so something like M.A.C. Studio Finish Concealer or Seventeen Stay Time Concealer are often the ones I go for when I need it to stay put all day. 

Finishing Touches:
Depending on what you're doing and where you are depends on whether any touch ups will be required through the day. But setting your makeup, either with a setting spray or a powder will help, so something like the Rimmel Stay Matte or Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot are perfect for if you need a mattifying powder, and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder or Bare Minerals Original  Foundation are good for adding a nice glow to the skin without going too shimmery and shiny.

Primers can also be used on your eyes as a base for eye makeup, to stop it creasing and to make it last longer, but again there are different kind of primers you can use. Some of my favourites and ones I highly recommend are things like the Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer (which I also use under my eyes to help my concealer stay crease-free and last all day), as well as the Urban Decay Primer Potion which is a really good base and helps makeup stick to the lid more. There are also bases for the eyes which are things like the M.A.C. Paint Pots or the Maybelline Colour Tattoos and like the eye primers, these help your eye makeup to stick and also remain crease-free. Finally for eyes is to use waterproof products where you can - mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, waterproof makeup products are designed to last all day. 

If you want a lip colour to be long wearing, there are steps you can take to help it a little, but it depends on the type of lip product. Whether you are wearing a lip stain like the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains or a matte lip like the Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams and Revlon Colourburst Matte Balms they can all be helped to last that little bit longer. First thing is to make sure your lips are free from any flakey dry skin, and that they are moisturised. Next, using a lip liner will help your lip product to stay where it should and if you use the lip liner to go round the outline of your lips, but then also fill in your lips with them, that is something which can help your lip colour stay on much longer as well as stopping the product from bleeding through the day. Once you have done this, you should then apply your lip product, once you have applied this, take a tissue and peel the ply apart, using one of those, use it to blot your lips, which will take any excess oil from your lips and leave the pigment. Repeat this step again and make sure you're happy with the look you have. Like everything, it won't last forever and a touch up every now and then may be required, but this is something I have tried many times and have never had any issues with my lip product fading or anything.

I hope this has helped those of you who are looking at ways to get your makeup to last longer. Let me know if you have tried any of these methods, or if you have any tips of your own you would like to share.

What are your favourite long wearing makeup products?

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