Are you spending precious time applying the perfect pout only to find it smeared across your first cup of coffee? If your makeup is clocking out before your day is done you may need to give is a boost of staying power. To ensure your look doesn’t come off until you take it off, try these tips to make makeup last longer.
Start with a smooth surface
If your skin is dry, expect your makeup to flake off long before you are ready. Start each morning by gently exfoliating with a rotating brush, cloth or sugar scrub. Then, apply a thin layer of lightweight moisturizer before starting your makeup routine.
Never skip primer
Instead of jumping right into foundation, apply a silicon-based primer all over. Not only will primer provide something for foundation to grab on to, it will also reduce the appearance if wrinkles and pores. Aside from a high-quality all-over foundation, use an eye primer under eyeshadow to keep your favorite shimmer or smokey eye in place. Neutral lip liner can be used over the entire lip as a primer to lock lipstick in place.
Less is more
It seems logical that the more makeup you apply the longer it will last. Wrong! Excess foundation will slide, streak and fade as the day goes on. Instead, opt for a thin layer of oil-free foundation. Use a small sponge, rather than your fingers, which can introduce extra oil, to dap on dots at your nose, forehead, cheeks and chin. Then, use the sponge to blend outwards. Use blotting paper or a clean sponge to remove any excess. Finish up with a light dusting of setting powder.
Use a finishing spray
Spritzing your face with moisture might seem like it would wash away your efforts. But, a finishing or setting spray actually works like hairspray for your makeup and locks everything into place. Hold the bottle at arm’s length and give your face a light, even coating of a fine mist.
Perfect your pout
Simply smearing on lipstick guarantees that you will leave it behind on coffee cups and wine glasses. Instead, start by gently exfoliating your lips and using concealer or neutral lip liner as a primer. After applying your favorite shade, blot extra color away and finish with a sweep of translucent powder.