How To Make Your Make-Up Last All Day

How To Make Your Make-Up Last All Day

When it comes to beauty, warmer days tend to mean one thing – make-up doesn’t always have the staying power you need. Whether your foundation doesn’t make it past midday, your concealer turns cakey or your eyeshadow creases, here are the tips and tricks you need to ensure your look goes the distance...

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.

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