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3 clever tricks for long-lasting makeup
If you’ve ever been to the races, then you know you’ve got quite a day ahead of you. And if you’ve never set foot on the tracks and have grand plans this year, then know this: you will leave your house early in the day – dressed to the nines, of course – and the sun will have long set by the time you come back home.
You will be out for hours. Your feet will most likely hurt. You may or may not have a few wine and food stains on your dress. You might feel a bit worse for wear. But, if we have anything to do with it, your make-up will still very closely resemble what it looked like when you walked out the door.
Just follow these simple steps for long-lasting make-up that’ll look much fresher than you feel by the end of the day:
#1: PREP YOUR SKIN PROPERLY
So many people skip the priming step, and while it’s not the end of the world, it just means your make-up will only stay fresh and flawless for a limited amount of time.
A primer basically works like a barrier for your skin, smoothing out your complexion and creating the optimum base for make-up. That barrier also ensures that your make-up doesn’t slip and slide during the day. Pair a primer with a long-lasting foundation and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have impeccable coverage for your entire day.
Try: Dermalogica AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 (sunscreen = an excellent added bonus)
#2: POWDER YOUR NOSE
Or rather, your whole face. Especially if you have oily skin or find that areas of your skin get oily during the day. Why? Because when make-up clings to oil, it shifts around and kind of ruins that put-together make-up look you put time and effort into achieving. Using a lightweight face powder sets your make-up and absorbs excess oil, leaving you with a shine-free and long-lasting finish.
#3: EMBRACE YOUR LIP LINER
It’s true: some lipsticks, glosses and stains are formulated to be incredibly long-lasting. But if you really want to safeguard your lip colour from fading due to eating, drinking and other activities that involve your lips, a lip liner is the way to go. Especially one that’s waterproof and smudge-proof. Find a lip liner shade that’s as close as possible to the colour your lipstick or gloss. Define the outer limits of your lips, and then continue to fill in the rest of your lips. At the end, your lips should be entirely covered by lip liner. Finish off with a slick of lip gloss or lipstick and you’re done.
How do you ensure your make-up stays put for hours? Have you tried any of these tricks to make it last longer?