Do you ever have those nights out were you come home and half your makeup has disappeared off your face? Chances are it means you were dancing your socks off and had a great time but all those pictures you took will never see the light of day. I love doing my own makeup but it really bugs me when it fades off. Over the years I have picked up some tips on how to make your makeup last longer, that I thought I would share with you.
Exfoliate and Moisturise
Makeup is best suited to smooth skin. If you have dry areas the foundation will cling to these areas and flake off. Exfoliate your face once to twice a week and moisturise before you apply your makeup. Ensure your moisturiser is fully absorbed before you apply any other products, otherwise it will just slide off.
Use a Primer
Up until very recently I overlooked the need for a primer. Primer creates a barrier over your skin and helps makeup glide on. I like to use one primer all over my face and another for my eyelids, so that my eyeshadow has a base.
I like using loose powder to set my foundation. There are two methods to apply your foundation if you want it to last longer. Firstly if you use a powder puff; remember to press and roll. Press it gently on to your face and then roll the powder puff off your face.
Secondly, if you prefer to use a brush, dab the brush lightly over your skin, rather than sweeping it across.
Anything waterproof will have extra lasting power. You could use your favourite mascara as a base on your lashes and then apply a waterproof mascara to set it.
Cream Bases Eyes and Cheeks
Layering is a great way to make your makeup last longer. Just like you use a liquid foundation and set it with a powder; use a cream neutral eyeshadow and then use your powders on top of that, same goes for cheeks too!
Using a lip tint is a great way to give your lips a long lasting hint of colour. I like to apply a lip tint and then apply my lipstick over the top of that. I use a lip brush also which really helps me pack the colour on. In between layers, I will blot my lips on some tissue paper.
Powder on Brows
Powder on brows lasts longer than a pencil. I fill my brows with powder ensuring that I am gently building it up rather than caking it all on in one go. I then set with a brow mascara/gel. It lasts me all day!
Once all my makeup is complete I will then spritz some setting spray over my face. This helps my makeup stay in place all day.
So the next time you have a big event coming up, make sure to follow these steps for super long lasting makeup. If you do try some of these tips let me know how long your makeup lasted by tweeting me (@LifeofLalaBlog) or leaving a comment below. Also, if you have any other tips please share them in the comments also.