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Summer Edit Week: Long Wearing Makeup


It's officially summer, and the weather in the UK has been amazing recently so I thought it was the perfect time to upload my go to long wearing makeup. Head over to my Instagram to see how this looks on me. 

Primer is a must have and my favourite one is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream which is a drugstore version of the Benefit Porefessional which I also like. I like to apply the Garnier 5 Minute Blur for Eyes which is a primer that is designed to go around your eyes. I tend to apply it under the eyes and it does a great job at keeping my concealer in place and crease-free.

My favourite long lasting foundation is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. I prefer to mix this with my beloved NARS Sheer Glow as its slightly too dark without it, but I'm sure you all know is my absolute favourite foundation ever so I would find a reason to use it no matter what - nothing has topped it yet. So I get the coverage of the Sheer Glow and the staying power of the Luminous Silk. Great combination and it makes my skin look flawless. (There are other long wearing foundations which I wanted to show you so they'll be at the end of this post).
As for concealer, I cannot go without the Maybelline Anti-Age Rewind Brightening Concealer to tackle my dark circles. Once they're corrected, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is so long lasting, great coverage and covers everything from blemishes and spots to dark circles.

When it comes to long wearing foundation, you don't have to apply lot's of makeup, but layer your products. So starting with highlighter, I cannot go a day without highlighter even in the summer, so I start by applying the Kryolan Cashmere Highlighter which is a cream highlight, so I use this as a base and then I go in with the The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer which is a powder highlight - this sets the cream highlight to make it last all day long. They're both a champagne gold kind of shade so they go great together. 
For extra glow, you can use a liquid highlight mixed in with your foundation or as a primer. 

Onto adding some colour back in to my skin and the Maybelline Master Sculpt in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark. I use L/M to bronze my skin as its quite a warm tone, and I then use M/D to contour as it's more of a cool, taupe brown kind of shade. I love them both and they have highlighters in with them which are stunning so you can use that as your powder highlight for this look. 

Blush is also another product that I like to layer to keep it lasting all day. You can do this with a liquid cheek stain or a cream blush, I like the MeMeMe Cherubs Blush Cheek & Lip Tint but for a cream blush the No7 Pop & Glow is my favourite shade of cream blush in my collection. Then I layer a powder blush over the top to set that down and the Maxfactor Creme Puff Blushes are great as they add a glow to the skin too - shade above is Seductive Pink.

Now for setting the rest of my makeup. I'm not a massive fan of powder as it tends to make my skin look too dry and cakey but I've found these two which I think are just perfect for what I want, so the Rimmel Lasting Finish which is actually waterproof and can be used on it's own as it is a powder foundation too. Then for setting any places I've applied concealer which is mainly under my eyes is the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder which does exactly what it says on the tin.

For the brows, to keep everything in place and prevent your brows from taking a walk across your face or smearing off if you are at the beach or pool or something, I've been trying out the NYX Eyebrow Gel which is waterproof, smudge-proof and long lasting - all words we want to see on our products. I still like to set them with the Maybelline Brow Drama which is more due to habit than neccessity.

I still think for the eyes that layering powder onto cream just makes everything last a little bit longer and you can go straight in with a cream shadow like this Rimmel Scandaleyes Crayon in Bluffing but you can go in with an actual eyeshadow primer first if you prefer, like the Lorac Behind The Scenes Primer which is a great product.

Then to set that cream shadow stick and add some extra dimension I go in with the L'Oreal Colour Riche Ombre Eyeshadow in Cafe St Germain (I've been calling it Nude since I purchased it so I apologise about that), but this is my favourite eyeshadow currently. I cannot help myself from picking it up and using it on a daily basis. The Tarte Tartelette Palette is my go to palette currently as they're all matte shades so I use Power Player in the crease and Multi-Tasker on the outer corner and lower lashes.

Finding an eyeliner that stays put on the waterline and not transfer or smudge is a bit of a mission but the best ones I've found so far is the Barry M Bold Black Waterproof Eyeliner which is great for obvious reasons, its waterproof. It's the blackest black and although it smudges slightly on my lower lashes, I can deal with that as it stays on the waterline all day. The Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Liners are supposedly 16hr wear and although I've never tried it out for that long, I still think they're great and last a while as they stay on the waterline all day and again, they tend to smudge onto my lower lash line but I have super watery eyes so the fact they stay on the waterline is fantastic.
Waterproof mascara is obviously going to be your best bet when it comes to long lasting formulas, but the Benefit They're Real lasts forever on my lashes and any mascara that sticks around all day on my lower lashes is a great one in my opinion.

Matte lip products tend to be the more long-wearing out of the formulas available and these Revlon Colourburst Matte Balms come in lots of stunning shades (shown above: Unapologetic, Elusive and Showy) and aren't too drying or slippery on the lips. You don't have to use a lip liner with these as you can kind of use these as a liner and lip colour and if you blot your lips after one layer, apply a second layer and blot again, they'll still be there a good few hours later and even after eating and drinking. 

These are the other long wearing foundations that I wanted to show you and talk to you about as they're all great for different things. I've been trying out the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hr Full Coverage Foundation and so far so good. It's very long wearing and provides great coverage. The shade range sucks but otherwise everything else is spot on with it. The NARS All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation is another base I've been trying out which has had some mixed reviews. I think this is a great foundation as long as I prep my skin well (meaning my skin is exfoliated and well moisturised). Now for some drugstore options and the Revlon Colourstay Foundation is a cult classic. It's loved by many and what I find is amazing about this product is there is one for dry skin and one for oily so it caters to everyone. The coverage is great, lasting power is outstanding and it's an all round great product for the hot weather. Finally is the most recent drugstore addition and that is the L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation, and although it says its a matte finish, it's actually more of a natural satin, definitely not completely matte and not dewey either. It has great coverage, a decent lasting power and again, shade range is pretty pants with this line too but if you can find a shade for you I definitely recommend you give it a try. 

I hope you have got some helpful tips to keep your makeup in place all day. If you have some other tips to share then please leave them in the comments, I would love to hear them.

What are your go to long wearing makeup products?

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