You know what it’s like—
Applying makeup in the midst of the morning chaos and hoping it’ll last through your 3pm meeting with your boss. It’s enough that we need to put on makeup to conquer the day after our second cup of lukewarm coffee after daycare drop-off. No? Just me— okay, cool. In hopes, that it’ll stay on through rain, sweat, a crazy day, and eating the snacks we swore we wouldn’t eat because “New year, new me.” Ya’ll, I’ve restarted my eating healthy track like 5 times now, let’s be honest.
But, truly. I always get the question, “What can I do to help my makeup last all day?” And, the magical answer is — have a strong skin prep routine and maintenance. As a makeup artist, I see many faces with different skin types and textures. Being able to share with my clients products that fit their skin types is essential to making their makeup last throughout a wedding or even everyday life. So, I’m going to share with you some little secrets I’ve learned and hopefully it’ll help your busy day!
Here are FIVE ways you can help your makeup last all day:
Prep the skin
Having a smooth canvas to work with is KEY to makeup lasting. Exfoliate your skin and remove any flaky or dry patches you may have. A smooth base serves that makeup well. A few gentle exfoliators or toners that I love to use is the Skinesque Enzyme Washing Powder. This little white bottle gently removes any surface skin without drying you out and it’s gentle for my sensitive skin ladies. Another love of mine is the Glow Tonic by Pixi Beauty. If you watch my Instagram stories enough, you’ll know that this is my go to for smooth, clean skin.
Moisturize and Hydrate!
I can’t tell you how much your skin wants hydration. In fact, most skin issues come from not having enough hydration so breakouts, dry patches, and dare I say visible lines, are the results of not hydrating enough. Aside from drinking water (Ya’ll I’m terrible at this, so no judgement, really) you want to get a moisturizer that works for YOU. A little under eye cream works magic, too! The Banana Bright Eye Cream by Ole Henriksen is my FAVORITE. This yellow/peach toned under eye cream helps with brightening and adds a sheer glow so even, no makeup days are great with this alone.
Prime where you need it.
So, fact- I don’t use primers as a staple in makeup application. I only use it where I need it, when I need it. A primer for your lids like the MAC Prep+Prime 24 Hour Extend Eye Base is wonderful to help that shadow last all day and really show off those shadow colors. Trust me, you want primer on your eyes. Another great primer for oily days or skin is the BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector works magic- you’ll be saying “What oily skin?”. It’s THAT good. However, an illuminating primer I am obsessed with is the BECCA Backlight Primer, “Backlighting acts as an instant filter, creating a diffused, soft-focused radiance that allows your complexion to catch light for a glowing look.” Anyone else saying AMEN!
Blot. Blot. Blot.
That’s a funny word said three times. Any who— yes, blotting your face throughout the day can truly help that makeup last. Before finishing up and walking away from the mirror, blot with some translucent or blotting power like the LAURA MERCIER Translucent Loose Setting Powder or COVER FX Blotting Powder, around your nose, forehead, chin, and SPARINGLY under the eye area (if needed) to help keep that makeup in place. No need to reapply your makeup if you have a great blotting power with you throughout the day to help keep everything in place.
Set it and forget it.
I have a love for setting sprays and hydrating mists. Borderline obsessed. But, this is a judgement free zone. Some of you might be like “You want me to spray my face after makeup?” Yes. Yes, I do. Setting sprays can really help melt all those powders together making a more natural glow to the face. Also, there are ingredients in makeup setting sprays that help the makeup last all day. My tried and true are Skindinvaia Setting Spray and the URBAN DECAY All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. Try it. You will not be disappointed.