I’ve created a list of recommended products and tips to help ensure you stay looking fresh all day (or all night)! I mean, who has time to worry about touching up their makeup? These products and tips keep me from saying “Yikes!” every time I walk past a mirror. You certainly don’t need to use every single product as each alone will significantly enhance the wear of your makeup, although using them in conjunction will most definitely deliver the best results!
The MOST IMPORTANT step to keeping your makeup fresh and looking its best is SKINCARE! Makeup looks and lasts the best on cleansed, exfoliated, and moisturized skin. Makeup will not stick to skin that is dirty, flaky, or oily, so make sure you address any of the skin issues you’re having. The most common mistake I run into with clients’ skincare routines is that women with oily skin tend not to use a moisturizer! Even those of us with oily skin MUST moisturize because skin needs moisture. If you don’t, once you strip the natural oil from your skin by cleansing it but not replenishing moisture, your skin recognizes the lack of moisture and goes into overdrive to produce oil to quench the need. Additionally, if you put a liquid foundation on unmoisturized skin, your skin will try to “drink” the moisture from the foundation, leaving the makeup looking flaky or “producty.” Using a moisturizer will make a big difference for your skin now and in the future! I have not listed the best skincare for makeup because every single one of us has different skin needs and concerns, so make sure you are investing in and using great skincare that suits your skin. If you’re not sure what is best for you, treat yourself to a facial from a professional that can make recommendations for you. Not only is it a luxurious experience, but it also gives you an opportunity to get a personalized routine from a professional.
Once your skin is clean and moisturized, the next step to lasting makeup is a primer! Primers are essential as it gives the makeup something to adhere to. The primer I have found that works best for all skin types is one I’ve been using on a majority of my clients for 6+ years. MAC Prep & Prime Skin.
One pump of this bad boy is all you need for your entire face. While some artists use a brush to apply, I prefer my own CLEAN hands. I find that my body heat warms up the product, allowing it to melt right into my face. I have larger pores on my cheeks, so I lightly press upwards into them to help them disappear. This is a silica-based product, so it helps smooth out imperfections and control oil while leaving my face silky smooth.
Once my skin is prepped, the next step is foundation. The foundation I have found that does NOT BUDGE is MAC Prolongwear.
This product claims (and lives up to) 15 hours of sweat-resistant, humidity-resistant, transfer-resistant wear. It’s medium to full in coverage, and although it’s a bit thicker of a formula, it’s easy to customize to your liking. This formula sets quickly, so make sure you work in small areas at a time to prevent it from setting before you’ve been able to blend it. For those who prefer a more natural look to their makeup, I recommend using a damp beauty blender to either apply or use after applying with a brush. This will help melt the product in while also absorbing excess to prevent a heavier look. A brush I would recommend would be the MAC 132. This duo-fibre panel brush is fantastic for evenly distributing a thin layer of product on the skin for thinner coverage, or it could be used to stipple on the foundation for fuller coverage. This one brush allows for versatility with it’s shape and density of fibres – perfect for those who like to change things up!
Once your foundation is on, the next step is certainly optional, but I have to say I have found it to enhance not only the wear of ANY foundation but also the look of it as well! MAC Prep & Prime Translucent Finishing Powder.
This colorless powder works phenomenally for setting foundation since it adds no coverage, therefore it won’t contribute to a cakey look. It’s finely milled so that is does not leave your face looking powdery. One of the main ingredients in silica, and I love this for a few reasons. Silica controls oil, so if the oil is controlled, it’s harder for it to disturb the wear of makeup. Also, silica diffuses the look of imperfections (like pores) so the skin has a more flawless, airbrushed look. Don’t need coverage but want your skin to look soft and smooth all day? Opt for just the primer and this powder, and you’re skin will look naturally flawless all day!
The final step to lasting makeup is a setting spray! My go-to is Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.
None of my brides or special event clients leave my chair without a few spritzes of this. This lightweight mist seals all of your hard work into place, allowing for a worry-free day (or night) of wear!
I’d love to hear what works for you, so feel free to comment your favorite secrets to makeup that lasts!