How to Apply and Take Care of Your Makeup to Make It Last Longer


Your makeup may look good right after you apply it and maybe after an hour or two it still looks fresh. When the afternoon rolls around, that’s when things start to go downhill. Your foundation can start to disappear, your concealer can be creasing and there can be many mascara flakes all over. It can be worse, especially for those with dry or oily skin.

From picking the right base to making sure you’re using the right skincare products and application technique, here some reasons why you’re makeup may not be lasting and steps on how to fix it.

Start off with the right skincare

It’s important to keep in mind that you need to use the right skincare products tailored to your skin’s needs first. For example, if you are using a thick moisturizer, your foundation may slide off right away. If you use a moisturizer that’s too thin, when you apply foundation over it, it may make your skin look dry and flaky.

In order to prevent this, you need to make sure all of the products work well together and balance each other out. It’s also good to stick to a skincare routine by always cleansing, hydrating, and using exfoliating and antioxidant treatments a few times a week.

You should never touch your skin throughout the day as well. It can be tempting but if you are constantly touching your skin it can smear or lift makeup off your face, not to mention cause breakouts in the future.

Applying you are making correctly

An important step in any makeup routine is a primer. Using a primer on the skin for foundation and the eyes for eyeshadow can help makeup last all day without getting any extra oil throughout the day or creasing. There are many different primers for every skin type, whether you want one that helps reduce redness on the face or brings a more radiant glow to dehydrated skin.

You should also always apply makeup such as foundation or concealer with a brush. If you use your hands, the oils from your fingers may mix in with the product and won’t last all day. When you use high-quality brushes to apply foundations, eyeshadows, or anything else along with sponges like a beauty blender, it is guaranteed to have your makeup last longer.

It’s also crucial to use only a little bit of a product at a time, to avoid a cakey look. Apply light layers instead of thick or heavy ones.

Another thing to keep in mind is to use makeup products made for your skin type. If your skin is normally dry, try a hydrating or moisturizing foundation instead. If you have oily skin, an oil-free foundation is best to use.

If these don’t work, some of the best things to touch up with setting spray or setting powder. The Soft Focus Hydrate + Set Powder by Jouer Cosmetics is a great setting powder, as it is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner for 2019. The powder hydrates, smooths, blurs, and perfects for a flawless finish without looking cakey or leaving skin dry.

A great option for a setting spray is the Urban Decay All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray. The oil-free formula works well on all skin types, but it does have a mattifying and anti-shine effect that those with oily skin types will love. The setting spray locks in makeup to absorb oil and control the shine on the skin’s surface. It is also an Allure Best of Beauty award winner for 2019.

What’s Next

You shouldn’t feel the need to try all of these steps at once. Start out slow, one step at a time, and see what works best for you and what your skin needs.

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