We’ve all had that moment where we look in the mirror to see that the makeup we applied earlier has now smudged, run, or disappeared altogether.
Whether you sweat your makeup off, cry it away, or it up and vanishes, it can be annoying to have to perform midday touchups.
The truth is, you shouldn’t even have to!
Prepping Your Face
1. Wash your face. Washing away dirt, sebum and old makeup will help your fresh makeup stay in place a lot longer. If you put fresh makeup on a dirty face, it’ll tend to slip off or flake away.
2. Exfoliate a few times a week. Dead skin tends to accumulate on the face, especially with age, so it’s important to exfoliate a few times a week to remove it. Putting makeup over dead skin will cause it to flake off during the day. Your makeup will look, feel and behave better on a smooth, exfoliated face.
3. Moisturize. For oily skin, buy an oil-free or gel moisturizer, and for dry skin, buy a more nourishing one. Make sure to get a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 in it to protect you skin from the sun, or a separate SPF 30 if you live in a sunny place. If you are older, you can use a moisturizer with anti-wrinkle properties.
4. Prime your face. Using a good primer is the trick to having makeup that stays throughout the whole day. Some primers can get a little pricey, but you don’t need to use very much for a good finish. Apply the primer over your entire face, especially over red areas or oily areas, and any blemishes that you want to cover.
5. Use an eye primer. It makes your eyeshadow last longer and prevents creasing in the lid. Also, it makes colors seem more vibrant and less translucent. A liquid concealer can work for this also.
Choosing the Right Makeup
1. Get a good matte foundation. If you don’t want to use a liquid foundation, you should get a mineral powder instead of foundation. This gives lighter coverage than liquid, but it will also trap fewer bacteria in your skin and will allow your face to breathe.
2. Use a translucent setting powder. This is simply a clear or very lightly tinted face powder that sets and gives a matte appearance to your face without the added coverage of a colored powder. There are a variety of setting powders available, from affordable drug store brands to more pricey, high-end products.
3. Choose long-wear lip color. This type of lip color is formulated to stay on your lips all day long, even when you eat and drink. Make sure to moisturize your lips properly before applying, as long-wear formulas are very drying.
4. Use powdered eye shadow. Applying this type of shadow over primer will keep your color in place all day long. Cream shadows tend to slip off a lot more easily. Apply the powder to the primer using an eyeshadow brush, and let it set.
5. Use water-resistant mascara. Water-resistant mascara works well to keep your eyes looking fresh all day. It won’t budge if you happen to get wet or cry. Just make sure you don’t sleep with it, as it will clump and make your lashes fall off.
Keeping It in Place
1. Take your time applying your makeup. Slapping it on in the morning and rushing out the door won’t give your makeup time to set. After each layer you apply, wait 5 minutes before applying the next one. This will go a long way toward helping your makeup stay in place all day long.
2. Avoid touching your face during the day. Every time you touch your face, you’re removing a little bit of makeup and increasing the chances it’ll get smudged. Avoiding touching your face with your fingers as much as possible.
3. Go lighter during the summer. When it’s hot outside, wearing a ton of makeup is never a good idea. As you perspire, your makeup will naturally come off a lot more easily. The best thing to do is wear waterproof eye makeup and go easy on the foundation, rather than fighting to keep it in place all day long.