How to make your makeup last longer

Getting makeup to last through a midsummer night is a tall order. Here are 10 things to remember to help your face look fresh longer: 

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  1. Makeup lasts longer on a clean face. So wipe off any previous makeup or grime and get started with a clean canvas.
  2. The right products make all the difference. Words to look out for: Oil-free, waterproof, transfer-resistant, long-stay… You get the drift. Cream or gel products last longer than powder formulas.
  3. Primer. Primer. Primer. It’s a dealmaker when it comes to long-lasting makeup. A face primer helps lock the base in. And don’t skip an eyeshadow primer if you like your eyes to do the talking. (And yes, it’s different from the face primer!)
  4. Set your base. A dusting of loose powder following your foundation helps keep the makeup last longer. Another thing to remember is to moisturize your face a few minutes before starting to your makeup routine.
  5. Layer your eye shadow. After you glide on the primer, start your makeup with a cream shadow and then layer on the powder. If you don’t use cream or gel shadow, just use your eyeshadow powder with a damp brush. Lining your eyes with a pencil? Do a once-over with the matching powder to seal the deal.
  6. Line your lips and then fill with a lip pencil. And then, apply your lipstick with a brush. It makes ALL the difference.
  7. Resist the urge to fiddle. The more you touch your face, the more makeup you will wipe off.
  8. Ditto for hair. Don’t touch or brush through your updo or blowout. It will make your hair oily and messy.
  9. Eau de parfum lasts longer than EDT. Target the pulse points along with some lesser exposed areas like behind your ears or the nape of your neck to lock in the scent.
  10. Finally, don’t forget to carry the essentials for a quick touch-up. And it never hurts to ask for sample sizes of your fave makeup products to fit into your evening clutch!


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