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Whether you’re going from desk to dancefloor, or want your look to last all through the New Year’s Eve festivities, make-up that stays put is a must this party season. So to help you get more hours from your make-up, we went straight to the experts at lookfantastic for their top five tips...
It’s no secret taking care of your skin helps foundation and concealer look flawless throughout the day. To ensure your skin is soft, smooth and ready for make-up, celebrity facialist Cherry Woods advises incorporating a gentle exfoliator in your daily routine. We love Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant – a gentle formula that helps minimise the appearance of pores and improve the skin's texture, creating the ultimate base for foundation.
Choose The Right Tools
As Woods explains, “The way you apply your make-up can make a huge difference to how it will stay in place, so invest in tools that’ll offer real staying power. Apply your base with a sponge or premium foundation brush rather than your fingers. Not only will this reduce the amount of product getting layered onto your skin for a more breathable finish, but your complexion won’t heat up as easily, meaning oil flow will be reduced and your base will last longer.” Clever stuff.
Use A Primer
Think of primer as a barrier for your face – it’ll seal in moisture, so your skin is constantly hydrated throughout the day, provide a smooth, even surface for make-up and will keep your base from being absorbed, so it's less likely to clog your pores. In short, a primer is a must-have for any long-lasting make-up look. If you’re battling with dry patches, try Illamasqua’s moisture-boosting Hydra Gel Primer, while those with oilier skin types should try MAC Matte Cream. If you’re creating a smoky eye, Urban Decay’s cult Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which help keep shadows stay in place for hours without creasing.
Set With Powder
For serious longevity, always set liquid make-up with powder. While the majority of people think powder is solely for the T-zone, try a gentle sweep on your eye make-up to keep bags at bay for longer. Our top pick? Patrick’s Powder – part of the new MAC x Patrick Starrr collaboration – an ultra-fine, super-soft formula that’ll leave you with a flawless, airbrushed finish. Want in? Visit lookfantastic.com – the exclusive retailer of the hot-off-the-press collection.
Akin to a topcoat for your make-up, a setting spray is will help set your make-up in place when you're finished. Try the bestselling Urban Decay Chill Make-up Setting Spray, developed with game-changing temperature control technology to reduce the risk of your make-up sliding. The transparent formula sprays out as a fine mist, dries quickly and ensures your carefully applied look will last as long as possible.