Make your Makeup Last

Prime Time

The key to making your foundation last all night long is prepping the skin. Begin by washing and exfoliating so your makeup goes on evenly and then apply a priming product. Primers create a smooth canvas for your makeup to sit upon and it prevents your makeup from sliding off as your skin produces oil. It will also help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles because it fills in any crevices.

Korres Face Primer, available at Sephora.

Build A Foundation

Use a liquid foundation on top of a primer for the best results. Apply it with a foundation brush to give the skin a natural finish and touch up any areas with a sponge. Look for an HD foundation or something that has a natural finish so that even if your skin gets drier or oilier, the foundation won’t cake on those areas.

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation, available at drugstores.

Set It Up

To keep you looking fresh-faced come evening you need to set your look with powder. A nice dusting of a fine translucent powder will lock in your complexion after applying the look you want. If you’re worried about shine later in the day bring blotting papers and a pressed powder. You don’t want to keep layering makeup on top of any sheen so make sure to blot first and then buff the skin lightly with a pressed powder “ only on the areas you need it.

MAC Blot Powder/Pressed, available at MAC counters.

All Eyes on You

Stop your eye makeup from creasing by applying an eyelid primer or a concealer on the lid. This will give your lids a base for colour so that it will stick nicely and won’t settle into the crevices of your eyes.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, at sephora; Olay and CoverGirl Simply Ageless Colour Corrector, at drugstores.

Line Up

A creamy liner is the way to go for a full-day done-up eye look. Line the eyes with a brush; let the cream dry to set. There’ll be no need to reapply and then you can dust a powder over top of the primed up eyes to finish it off and of course layer on some mascara. Just don’t add too many layers or it may flake throughout the day.

Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner, at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Lip Action

Stains are the best way to go if you don’t want to reapply your shade throughout the night. Simply slick a gloss on top every few hours and you’re good to go. Another option you can try is a highly pigmented lip shade. Nothing’s worse than caked on lipstick and because these kinds of shades can sometimes be drying, before applying, make sure you use a toothbrush or wet washcloth to buff the lips of any dry skin.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick, at Sephora.

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Tags: Beauty, Clinique, CoverGirl, creamy liner, exfoliation, foundation, lip stains, Lipstick, MAC, Makeup & Nails, oil blotters, olay, pressed powder, primer, Revlon, Skin, Urban Decay

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