One thing I constantly get asked for advice on is how to make your makeup last longer. "My makeup slides off in a few hours" "My makeup goes patchy at the end of the day" and so on.
I thought I would do a post on some things I do, both on myself and clients to help makeup stay flawless that little bit longer.
1. Look after your skin
The first and most important factor in helping your makeup last longer is good skincare. I have gone above and beyond this past year to really take care of my skin and I have definatly noticed a difference in the way my skin looks and feels, which in turn helps with the application of your makeup. I make sure I throughly clean and cleanse my skin morning and night and ALWAYS moisturise. First you need to establish what skin type you have in order to find products that are right for you. Do you have oily skin, dry or a bit of both (combination)? If your skin is healthy and prepped, makeup application will be so much easier.
The second step is primer. Primer is a product applied to the skin before makeup. Most claim to fill in fine lines and wrinkles, hide pores and create a smooth looking skin ready for makeup. You can also get colour correcting primers, illuminating primers and lots more. The primers I am currently using are the Topshop airbrush primer, Loreal lumi magique base and the Bobbi Brown vitamin enriched base. I also really like the Smashbox primers and the GOSH primers (Superdrug)
Left to right: Bobbi Brown face base, Topshop airbrush, Loreal lumi magique
3. Using the right products for your skin type
Using products that are right for your skin is another important factor. If you already have oily skin, a dewy illuminating foundation probably isn't the best choice for you. And if you have dry skin, a super matte oil free foundation may not be good either. By all means try them, everyone's skin is different and reacts differently to products so don't take what I just said as some kind of strict rule but just be aware of your skin type. If you have oily skin, a powder blusher is probably better than a cream blusher and so on. Any foundations that tend to say 'oil free' will be good for those with greasy/oily skin. A very popular foundation is Revlon colourstay, they have one for oily skin and one for dry skin!
4. Setting your makeup with powder
One thing I never skip is powder. Once your primer, foundation and concealer are done you need to set it all in place. I tend to just powder my T zone as that's the only place I get oily. My favourite ever powder is the Illamasqua loose powder. This keeps my makeup in place all day and isn't cakey. For on the go touch ups I love the Charlotte Tilbury flawless finish powder as it is very fine and doesn't cake up when layering it on throughout the day if you need to. A cheaper option is the Rimmel stay matte powder which is really popular and available at most stores. A lot of makeup artists I know use the Mac invisible set powder and I also really like the NYX HD setting powder, available online.
5. Setting sprays
The final step, and one of my favourites is setting spray. Once all your makeup is complete spray this all over your face. It also really makes you feel refreshed. My favourite setting spray is the Urban Decay all nighter setting spray. I definately noticed a difference in how long my makeup lasted when I used this. A much cheaper alternative and another favourite of mine are the NYX setting sprays which comes in both a dewy and matte form. And a very popular option is fix+ from Mac.
Another little tip which may help those with oily skin is blotting sheets. These are little sheets which you pat all over your face to remove any oil and shine from your skin. They look like this and are available from many brands in places like Boots and Superdrug.