7 Tips to Make Your Makeup Last All Day

ake your makeup last all day

You’ve spent ages getting ready, making sure your hair, outfit and makeup are all on point, then a few hours into your day you check yourself in the mirror and notice your makeup has smudged off. 

There is nothing worse than getting home after a long day of shopping, at the office or after an evening with the girls to discover your makeup has worn away and left you a patchy mess. 

Whether you’re going for after work drinks, dancing the night away or have an event coming up, and you want to make sure your makeup looks as fresh at the end of the night as it did at the beginning of your day, check out our 7 tips for making your makeup last all day!

7 Top Tips for Long Lasting Makeup

1. It all starts with the skin prep

    If you aren’t properly preparing your skin for a full face of makeup, then you're setting yourself up for makeup meltdown. Think of your freshly prepped skin as a blank canvas, a fresh slate for you to apply your makeup on top. Cleanse, tone and moisturise is the ultimate skincare routine, ensure you are applying an oil free moisturiser with plenty of hydration as your last step before makeup.

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    2. Prime Time

      Before applying makeup, use a primer for your face and eyes. Primers are an essential step in ensuring your makeup lasts all day. They seal in your skincare and create a barrier which smoothes the surface of your skin for prolonged makeup wear. Using an eye primer can help your eyeshadows stand out more, blend easier and prevent them from wearing into the crease. 

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      Shine Killer is an oil absorbing, anti-shine primer that creates a visible barrier between your skin and your makeup acting as a buffer from outside elements. This oil-free formula is infused with vitamin E for a boost of hydration helping your skin stay fresh and your foundation true for hours.

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      3. Use the best tools to apply

        Applying your products with clean, high quality tools is a sure fire way to get the most wear out of your makeup. Don’t use your fingers - they not only will give you an uneven finish, but have oils and bacterias which you will transfer onto your face. Using a Kabuki Brush is an excellent way to get an even, streak free complexion that will last all day. Opt for cruelty free, synthetic bristles as they are less porous and more hygienic than natural options. 

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        4. Use a long wearing, oil free foundation

          Though we are all coveting a dewy complexion, oil based foundations will more likely slide off the face throughout the day. If you suffer with dry skin then just ensure you have prepared your skin with a hydrating moisturiser to avoid drying out your skin. 

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          5. Set your foundation with a translucent powder

            This is a vital step in getting the most out of your makeup. Use a translucent powder after your foundation and concealer, this not only mattifies your skin but will set your makeup in place for the day. 
            Top Tip: Apply your powder with a ‘stippling’ motion, rather than swiping across the skin. This ensures the makeup underneath is not smudged out of place.

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            Laura Mercier Transluscent Loose Setting Powder

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            6. Finish off with a setting spray

              Nope, this isn’t one of those gimmick products that will achieve nothing. Setting sprays work, they hydrate your skin and lock in your makeup to ensure a super long-wearing look! If you are on the oily side, opt for a mattifying spray to keep shine at bay!

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              7. Makeup still in need of a refresh?

              When your makeup has already done a day's work and really needs a lift for post-office partying then take a medium sized brush such as our Complexion Brush F2 and buff and blend over the entire face, this will not only get rid of any product that has ended up in any fine lines but also re awaken any shimmering particles within your makeup, then spritz with a little setting spray to hydrate and freshen up and pop a little cream blush to the apples of your cheek and your skin will look instantly refreshed and ready for action.


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