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You worked hard to get a flawless foundation, now make it last! Getting your makeup to last all day is a science, and finding the perfect combination of products is trial and error. The most important thing is to listen to what your skin is telling you. Does your makeup breakdown in your t-zone? You need to use mattifying products. Does your makeup flake off? You’ll want to hydrate your skin to keep your skin balanced.
SKINCARE. The first step to beautiful skin is always a good skincare routine. When your skin is dry makeup can cling to dry patches and flake off during wear, so starting with a hydrated canvas will help your makeup look and feel better. Likewise, balancing your oily skin with skin-healthy hydrators will keep your oil production from interfering with your makeup. Apply your makeup after you’ve moisturized and applied sunscreen.
PRIMER. Next, prime your face with a pea-size amount of primer to retexturize the skin. Primer will create a smooth layer to blur fine lines and visible pores. To keep your eye shadow vibrant and creaseless, use a Shadow Primer. Your makeup will adhere to the primer for longer wear and will look flawless.
BASE. Select a base that will work well for your skin type and the coverage level you prefer. If your skin is dry and you use mattifying products, your skin may overproduce oil to compensate, and if your skin is oily and you use a foundation with a lot of emollients, your makeup will be sliding off your face by the end of the day.
FINISHING POWDER. Set your makeup with a finishing powder. Just like foundation, you want to pick a powder that works with your skin, not against it. Use a clay-based formula for a shine-free finish or a diamond powder infused formula for a silky-smooth finish. When you’re dealing with humidity, a mattifying option is the way to go. For a boost of hydration, use hydration mist to hydrate your mineral makeup. You can use this throughout the day as well when your skin needs a refresher.
EYE MAKEUP. Instead of powder shadow, try a long-wear cream formula that sets in place. Eyeliner can smudge easily if you have oily lids or watery eyes, so use a liquid liner with staying power, like Liquid Ink eyeliner. Liquid Ink dries down to a patent-finish, so it won’t budge, even in the summer heat! When it comes time to remove your eye makeup, you will want an oil-based makeup remover to help you out.
CHEEKS. For a rosy glow that won’t fade, choose long-wearing products like Powder Cheek Stain. This stain leaves behind color even when the powder has worn off and lasts longer under extreme weather conditions.
LIPS. Line your lips starting with your cupids bow and follow the natural lip line. Lining the lips before applying lipstick prevents feathering and gives the lipstick something to adhere to.
BROWS. After filling in your eyebrows with pencil or powder, lock the color in place with a brow gel or wax. Not only will it keep the color from budging, but it will also tame your unruly brows.
BLOT. When your t-zone becomes shiny midday, it’s tempting to pack on the powder, but instead of layering more and more, blot away excess oil with oil-absorbing sheets.
HANDS OFF. Touching your face is a big no-no. Simply resting your chin in your hand seems harmless, but your hands will rub away at your makeup and transfer bacteria and oil to the skin.