If you’re like me, you’ll do anything to make your makeup last past 5 o’clock. I always end up with the shiniest nose and a bit of a cakey forehead, follow these tips and hopefully your face will last as long as you do. By no means am I an expert but these are some tips I have picked up over the years and would not be able to do my makeup without.
TIP 1: Set it
Setting your face is basically the only way to make your face last longer than an hour without it slipping off (unless you have the driest skin known to man!). Powder is always a good place to start, whether it be loose or pressed. Of course, I use both but no one needs to be that high-maintenance. I use a translucent to set underneath my eyes (my favourites are the Cody Airspun, Laura Mercier Translucent, or the RCMA no colour powder), otherwise my concealer would crease and look rank within 30 minutes of doing my makeup. I also use translucent to set places that I know don’t last as long like my chin, forehead and smile lines. I then use a pressed powder to set everywhere else. My current favourite is MAC Studio Fix. I would never leave my dressing table without doing this because it also stops me from looking like a shiny disco ball and I’m a lover of a matte finish to my skin. Within the ‘set it’ category, I also think that using a makeup setting spray that is suitable for your skin type is an important step to take especially when you’ve got a special occasion or you need your makeup to last particularly long. Luckily drugstore brands are now bringing out more and more setting sprays so you don’t have to pay through the nose for a good one. My favourite mattifying one is from L’Oreal and favoured more expensive one is the All Nighter from Urban Decay.
TIP 2: Moisturise and look after the skin
Making sure you have a good base for your makeup is probably the most important factor when applying makeup. There is literally nothing worse than applying foundation to dry flaking skin, so moisturising is a MUST. A normal moisturiser does the job for the face but I’m a big fan of facial oils that also work well over the lips too! You don’t have to spend much to find a good moisturiser, Garnier do a nice range of moisturisers that offer different formulas for different skin types and I’m pretty sure you can pick them up around the £5 mark from Superdrug. I really like the pink one from this range that’s for super dry skin. Moisturising includes your lips and under eyes. Applying lipstick to dry lips just looks (and feels) horrible and makeup just doesn’t sit very nicely under the eye when the skin isn’t hydrated. I am currently using a really thick lip mask (Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for lips) overnight and a lip oil (from Barry M) during the day to keep my lips protected from the horrible winter weather. For eye cream, I must admit that I’m not very good at remembering so I try to always make the effort to take my face cream / facial oil right up to my under eyes and over my eyelids to keep them moisturised. A hydrated base is always a good start to a successful makeup day. Another point to remember is that the sun will dry your skin out with overexposure so using a moisturiser with SPF is also important.
TIP 3: Layer powders over creams
The most important tip to avoid ‘cake-face’ as well as a contributing factor to make your makeup last longer. Putting a cream on top of a powder will almost always end in disaster but setting a cream product with a powder will stop it slipping and sliding around your face and keep everything looking flawless for as long as possible. When cream contouring, I usually go in with a powder contour afterwards to set it and intensify it. I say ‘usually’ because if I’m having a natural makeup day (which isn’t very often, I’ll be honest) I tend to use cream contouring for a more natural and sheer look. It is, however, important to note that I usually do all my cream products, then set with a face powder, then go in with my specific powder product because they tend to blend much better this way.
TIP 4: Start with a light hand and add little at a time
Going in with far too much product is never a good idea; first of all, it’s a waste of product but it’s only going to end with the dreaded ‘cake-face’ look. Additionally, layering products is always going to make them last longer on the skin which, ultimately, is the goal for every makeup wearer. Going in with a load of product to begin with, is also not going to look very natural so I really just wouldn’t recommend it. There is nothing worse than going in with too much black shadow on your smokey eye and having an avalanche of black shadow fall out and ruin your face makeup as well as looking like you’ve been straight-up punched in the eye. I mean, each to their own but that’s not my preferred look ha ha…
TIP 5: Blend
Need I say anymore? Unblended makeup, for me, should go into Room 101. It’s just not something that should be. Eyeshadow was made to be blended, as was foundation, concealer, bronzer and every other makeup product that goes on the face. I don’t however agree that blending can only be achieved with a brush; your hands are one of the best tools for makeup and often do just as good a job, if not better, than any brush you can buy. Some things, like bronzers and blushes do need a brush but things like foundation, concealer, eyeshadow can all be well blended with nothing more than our fingers. I also find that often using my fingers to apply a shimmery eyeshadow gives a much better colour pay off than a brush could. Give it a try (but please, for the love of God, please have clean hands!)
I hope you’ll find these tips useful, let me know if you have any tips that help to keep your makeup last longer.