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How to Make Makeup Last Longer

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by Chris Nugen (subscribe)
I can't get enough of food! I'm also passionate about music, dance, writing and makeup!
Published August 12th 2013
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When you first apply makeup, it looks great. But then when you get home after a full day's work, or after a night out, your foundation is patchy, your eye makeup has smudged making you look like you've got panda eyes, or your lip colour has faded.

Basically you don't look as good anymore and are just thankful that you don't look like you've just stepped out of a fight. So here are 8 tips in how to make you makeup last longer.

1. Facial threading threading is an ancient hair removal technique that uses threads to remove facial hair. You may be familiar with this technique in shaping eyebrows, but it can also be done for the whole face.

The threads are twisted over the skin in a special method to gently lift the entire hair from the follicle. You would only need to do this every 4-6 weeks. If you're not a fan, you can do this just for a special occasion.

We generally have extra facial hair around the upper lip, the forehead and the jawline. The more facial hair you have, the more difficult it is in applying makeup evenly. The hair can cause your makeup to streak; sometimes these can be visible if you don't apply carefully. Removing facial hair smooths the skin incredibly so that makeup goes on evenly and effortlessly when applied.

2. Use a primer Not only do makeup primers make your foundation last longer but they also have other benefits, if you choose the right one. Generally, primers improve the way makeup looks on your face by filling in fine lines and wrinkles, control shine, and prevent flaking.

They can be transparent or tinted, moisturising or drying, and help correct redness or dark spots. Choosing the right primer depends on your skin type, the type of makeup that you're using it with and what you want it to do.

When using a primer, you should skip moisturiser you don't want too many layers on your skin. Your primer should also have the moisturising benefits suitable for your skin type.

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3. Use a long lasting makeup foundation Long lasting makeup is good when the weather is hot or humid, when you are more likely to sweat, or when you want it to last all day, or for a special occasion.

Long lasting foundation tends to be drying (as you don't want it to melt) so if you need to compensate by using a moisturising primer.

Examples of good long lasting makeup are Revlon Colorstay Makeup. It comes in lots of different formulations, and for different skin types and can last for up to 24 hours.

For a more high-end makeup, use Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup that can last for up to 15 hours.

4. Use finishing powder Finishing powder is the final step to set your makeup. It can also control shine, and visually minimise pores, lines and imperfections. However, use it carefully less is more, and apply with a flat top kabuki brush using a patting technique.

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5. To make your eyeshadow last longer, use an eye primer - This will prevent any creases, especially if you eyelids tend to be oily. Don't put foundation on your eyelid; this will just create a slippery canvas for the eyeshadow to move. You should use the eye primer straight on clean skin instead.

Cream eyeshadows are generally more long lasting compared to others. However, make sure you pat it on gently, not brush it on. Lots of brands make these, including Maybelline 24 hour Gel-cream Eyeshadow. Use the cream eyeshadow for a base colour all over your eye, then you can use other eyeshadow formulations that you prefer to shadow your eye.

Use waterproof eye pencils to line your eye and again a lot of brands make these. A good example is Mirenesse Inside Out 27 hour khol eye pencil. For eyelashes, use waterproof or at least water resistant mascara. Again, lots of brands make these. Make sure your use a good mascara that doesn't flake or smudge.

6. For your brows, use a waterproof brow gel and or waterproof brow liner.

7. For cheeks, again use waterproof cream formulations, whether it's a bronzer or a blusher. As I mentioned before, long lasting foundation tends to be drying and mattifying.

Powder bronzers or blushers are also mattifying, so the whole look can be too mattified. Cream formulations give you a dewy look, without the shine, which can add some glow to your face.

If you prefer powders, use something with a little shimmer to add more dimension.

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8. For lips, use long lasting opaque lipsticks or waterproof lip pencils to stain the lip as a base, then add layers on top after. Make sure you really get the stain into your lips by rubbing them together tightly. Keep putting it on until you can see that you're covered every bit, then blot off the excess using a tissue.
The stain that has stayed on will stay for a long time. Long lasting lipsticks or pencils are also drying, so again, you need a moisturising lip colour or gloss on top.

Long lasting makeup tends to be drying so make sure you compensate by moisturising beforehand, or do less powder than normal. Apply thin layers less is more. The more you have, the more it can melt off and rub off. Make sure everything is well blended with good formulations.
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I don't use make-up, but those are some great tips. Make-up is expensive, so stretching it out is always useful.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2963 days ago
An informative article Chris. I have not heard of facial threading before. Sounds like a painful procedure. Is this always done at a beauty salon?
by Yin-Yin Ow (score: 3|1596) 2963 days ago
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