How to Make Your Makeup Last Longer
Before you apply your makeup…Time to Prep & Prime your face! This often underestimated step is actually a crucial one. How you prime your face will make a big difference in how long your makeup wears throughout your day.
The way you do it will vary a little bit depending on your skin type. We all know oils do a great job in melting down our makeup when it’s time to cleanse and remove. So if you have an oily skin type, it is very important that you start your makeup routine with a cleansed and mattified canvas. Using an oil-free primer to help balance your oily skin will not only help your makeup stay in place and last longer, but also keep your skin’s excess shine in check, and prevent that dreaded greasy look.
If you have a dry skin type, it is very likely that around the middle of your day, your foundation starts accentuating your fine lines. For dry skin, it is always a good idea to use a hydrating primer after moisturizing. You can even prime your face by directly using a serum or moisturizer, but primer will usually help lock in moisture and provide a more even skin surface for a smoother makeup application. This protective layer, will keep your skin hydrated and your makeup will stay fresh and in place a lot longer. The bonus is that this two step process will also prevent your makeup from being absorbed by your dry skin.
While you apply your makeup…The best application technique to help your makeup last longer is called layering. The name alone may be quite self-explanatory. The idea is that, as you create your makeup look, you do so by building it up slowly in very thin light layers, instead of applying just one heavy layer. Use this technique for your foundation, eye makeup and lipstick. It will help your makeup adhere to your skin, last longer and look more natural.
After you apply your makeup…Get ready to set your makeup! Whatever your skin type, your makeup will last longer with powder over it.
If you have oily skin, a pressed setting powder may give you the best results.
For combination skin, gently dusting translucent powder in your T-Zone may do the trick.
If you have very dry skin, you may also want to try a good setting spray for a more dewy finish. However, stay away from setting sprays containing alcohol. They may help makeup last a little longer but are often not good for your skin’s health in the long run and will make it feel sticky once dry.
As a general rule, it’s a good tip to read carefully the labels in all your products. When it comes to choosing a great setting spray, go for those containing skincare ingredients that are actually beneficial for your skin.