How to Make Your Makeup Last Longer for Big Nights: Part II

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hi guys! So in continuation of yesterday's post on how to make your makeup last longer, here's Part II!

Buff, Reapply, then Buff Again

The key to having long-lasting makeup is to really buff your makeup into your skin, and then re-layer the makeup over what was just buffed in. This creates a good barrier of layers, which means your makeup isn't fading anytime soon. Do this with eyeshadow, blush, concealer, and contour - always buff in, and then reapply.
A couple of my favourite buffing brushes are pictured above - the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (left), and the Sigma Flat Top Kabuki brush.

Cream Products Will Help Your Makeup Last Forever!(ish)

Cream products, when applied in a light layer underneath your powder products, help give your makeup something to grip onto, in addition to producing a more intense, uniquely textured result. Cream products help maintain the healthy glow in your skin, and the powder products layered on top of them help to set them and keep them in place. This combination will keep your makeup looking fresh and staying put, through sweat and tears, and then some.

1. Illamasqua Blush in Seduce

One of my favourite cream blushers. It isn't easy to blend, so it's best to use a sparsely packed stippling brush with this cream. Layer a powder blush over it and you're set for the rest of the night!

2. Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate

This cream product is both easy to blend and long-lasting. It is also one of the best contour products I've ever used, because it produces just enough colour so you don't have to spend hours contouring, but is light enough so that you don't look like you stuck a Snickers bar onto your face. I love layering the Sleek Contour Kit in Medium over this cream contour.

3. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Strut

This is my HG product for a long-lasting smoky eye! It darkens any smoky eye you're trying to achieve, and keeps all the makeup in place. You'll need to blend a little bit more with this gripping onto your eyeshadow like glue, but it'll be worth it in the end, you'll see :)

Choose Long-Lasting Makeup Products

Even with all your awesome makeup tricks doing their magic, you should still try and pick out products that are made to last. Some great examples are:

1. YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 16

The YSL glossy stain is a moisturising, long-lasting lip stain, and comes in a wide variety of colours. When it fades, the lipstick lightens evenly, and ends up looking like a stain on the lips - hence its name. This stain is still quite intense, which is why this lip product is definitely my favourite long-lasting option. #16 is a pretty, deep pinky-mauve colour.

2. Lancôme Rouge in Love

This is one of Lancôme's latest releases, and is marketed as a long-wearing liptsick. The weartime I get with this lipstick is extremely satisfying, considering how creamy and smooth it is! It lasts half a day on my lips easily, and fades into a light stain. It is quite a feat, making a creamy, lightweight lipstick that is also long-lasting, but Lancôme have managed to do this. It also doesn't hurt that the ambassador of this line of lipsticks is the gorgeous Emma Watson.

3. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

Gel eyeliners are your best bet if you want to get long-lasting, intense colour on your lashline. Bobbi Brown makes a great gel eyeliner that comes in a wide range of different colours to suit every need.

4. Clinique Brush On Cream Liner

Clinique's cream liner is also extremely long-lasting, with the added bonus of being extremely long lasting as a product. Gel eyeliners tend to dry out pretty quickly, but Clinique's cream liner lasts a while longer than that, and never dries out in the pot.

Set Your Makeup!

Always, ALWAYS set your makeup! This helps all the makeup particles settle into place and keeps your makeup exactly where it was applied. My favourites are the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder, the Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder, and the Face of Australia Loose Powder (not pictured).

Seal it!

I love spritzing my face with some form of makeup sealant. Doing this helps your skin look dewy, instead of powdered and overly made up. I love using the Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, and the Uriage Thermal Water.

And that wraps up my tips for making your makeup last all night! I hope this helped.
Do you have any other tricks for making your makeup last longer? Have you tried any of the above methods? What do you think works best? :)

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