Don’t let the rest of your day ruin the hard work you put into your makeup. The right routine will keep your makeup last all day. Apart from avoiding touching your face and holding your phone against your cheek, keep on reading for the 7 expert’s tricks to keep your makeup on longer.
- Start with a good base and prime your face.
Prepping your skin before you apply makeup is the key. “The skin is plump, it’s moisturized, and it’s even-toned. I end up putting on less foundation on than I would,” says makeup artist Lucy Halperin. You may simply start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser, and apply a quick face mask before applying moisturizer. Starting with a primer before applying your makeup will even out the texture of your skin and keep your makeup in place, says makeup artist Jessica Mae. “Putting primer down first gives an additional layer of something to hold on to,” she says. Just pick one that matches your skin type and address your skin issues like fine lines, oily face, or a dry skin.
- Apply with the right tools.
If you usually apply foundation with your fingers, think again as this has to be a hands-off process if you want your makeup to stay. If you use your fingers instead of a makeup brush, the oil from your fingers could transfer to your face, and you’ll use more product than you need. “Brushes apply the product evenly, which is the key to longevity of it,” Mae says. This way, you won’t have a thicker layer on one side and a thinner on the other.
- Apply makeup in layers.
Instead of putting your foundation thick before blending it with a brush, applying it little by little while letting the product dry will make it last longer. “As you layer the products, it lasts longer,” Mae says. “It creates a barrier between the natural skin and the product.” Also, use a light hand to apply powder blushes and bronzers. “Sweep it lightly and layer it on, then really blend it in. Smudging away any harsh lines will make it less obvious if your makeup does start to melt away,” Halperin says.
- Prep your eyes and pick the right eye primer.
An eye cream will help get rid of dark circles and leave you ready for concealer. However, only apply it under your eye as if you put it on your eyelids, the moisture will cause your eyeshadow makeup to slip into your creases. Also, opt for a product specifically designed to prime eyes. While some women use concealer as a substitute for eye primer, but Mae says it’s more creamy in consistency and more emollient. “If you’re using it on the eyelid, it can cause creasing and cause eye shadow to not blend as well,” she says.
- Choose waterproof eye makeup or skip the eyeliner and mascara.
For a long-lasting liner, opt for a waterproof formula, or use a regular one and go over it with a powder of the same color to set it. However, if you’re notorious for runny eyeliner, sometimes the best strategy is to stop working against nature. “If someone’s eye is waterlogged, just skip it and just use waterproof mascara to accentuate the lashes,” Halperin says.
- Use lip liner as a base and lock in your lip color.
A lot of lipsticks marketed as long-lasting can be drying, so start by filling in your lips with lip liner before applying your lipstick, to give your lipstick something to grip on. “It gives it longevity because the lips have already been based with that color,” Halperin says. After applying lipstick, lay a tissue on your lips, then lightly dust translucent powder over the tissue to seal in the color..
- Set your makeup.
Once you’ve finished your look, use a setting spray to lock it in place. You may also use a setting spray after applying foundation, then applying powder after it’s dried to finish the rest of your makeup. Between skin cream and a moisturizing primer, you’ll already have plenty of hydration, so choose a setting spray that doesn’t moisturize to avoid causing your makeup to slip. By heeding these makeup tricks from the pros, you’ll be able to keep your makeup fresh and last all day.