1. Start With Skincare
Starting your routine with the right moisturiser is a sure-fire solution for long-lasting make-up. If you’re prone to an oily T-zone, an oil-free formula is a must-try – we rate Origins’ offering, which is quick-absorbing, lightweight and will minimise the appearance of visible pores. Those with drier skin types or concerned with anti-ageing should give Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic Magic Cream a go – packed with a potent cocktail of plumping, firming and wrinkle-reducing peptides, it bestows an instant gorgeous glow and creates the perfect canvas for make-up.
2. Don’t Skip The Primer
Still not using a primer? Often dismissed as an unnecessary step, the right primer can be a game-changer when it comes to make-up that really does last all day. Our favourite formulas include Giorgio Armani’s Maestro UV Primer, brimming with an impressive SPF50 to safeguard your skin, as well as YSL’s colour-correcting offering that’ll brighten your complexion and tackle dullness, sallowness and redness. Always apply before foundation.
3. Try A Separate Eye Primer
If smoky eyes are your thing, it’s worth investing in a primer designed for the eyes. Don’t be tempted to use your face primer as the difference is in the formula – most face primers contain silicone or water, which makes them smooth to the touch and also helps to fill out any imperfections; eye primers, however, feel slightly tackier and contain a slight grip to give your shadow staying power. Urban Decay’s Primer Potion is a beauty industry hero, promising 24-hour, crease-free shadow, more vibrant colour and smoother application.
4. Use Long-Lasting Foundation
It goes without saying that a long-wear foundation should be top of your list when it comes to beauty that’ll see you through. Unlike other long-lasting foundations, which can feel cakey and drying, Giorgio Armani’s recently-launched Power Fabric Foundation teams long-wear, full coverage with a luminous, lightweight second-skin finish. At the same time, Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation is an industry bestseller with SPF for coverage that never looks cakey or mask-like.
5. Prep Your Pout
Whether you opt for a rosy nude or high-impact red, every girl knows the struggle of making lipstick last all day. Like your skin, the secret to lip colour that stays put lies in prepping your pout – start by nourishing your lips with one of Starskin’s genius Sheet Lip Masks, which help to soothe dry patches and plump lips, before applying a lip primer like Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfecting Base. Finish with a slick of Clinique’s Pop Lacquer Lip Colour and Primer, a game-changing two-in-one lip colour available in an impressive array of shades, to complete your look.
6. Keep Powder To Hand
For serious longevity, always set your make-up with powder. While the majority of people think powder is solely for the T-zone, try a gentle sweep under your eyes to keep concealer in place. Our top pick? Tom Ford’s Translucent Finishing Powder – an ultra-fine, super-soft formula that’ll leave you with a flawless, airbrushed finish.
7. Seal With Setting Spray
Akin to a topcoat for your make-up, a setting spray will help set your make-up in place when you’re finished. These hard-working, lightweight mists are beloved by beauty bloggers and make-up artists alike and are suitable for all skin types. You can’t go wrong with Urban Decay’s cult All Nighter Setting Spray, while those on a perennial quest for a more radiant complexion should try MAC’s recently launched Prep + Prime Fix+, infused with pearlescent pearls for the ultimate glow.