Tips on How to Make Makeup Last & Avoid Makeup Meltdown

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For many of us, few things can be more annoying than noticing our makeup separating on our skin, especially when we’re out in public with hours to go before returning to the safety and judgement free zone that is our home.

Luckily, learning how to make makeup last is probably easier than you think!

Makeup separating and melting off the face can be attributed to several things, but it is most important to realize the importance of both properly prepping the skin before application as well as setting the makeup to ensure it last all day!

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Related: How to Apply Foundation Like a Professional 

Read on to discover what you should be doing to ensure a flawless finish that will take you from mid-morning conference calls to after-work cocktails!

1. Prep the Skin Right

It is super important to make sure you are using a good cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer prior to putting on any makeup.

The cleanser will help to remove any dirt and oil accumulated on the skin overnight which will help in creating a clean base for the makeup to be blended into.

The exfoliator will remove dead skin cells that not only make it harder for the makeup to be absorbed by the skin, but can also create unsightly texture as the makeup clings to this dead skin.

Lastly, the moisturizer will smooth the skin and help to balance levels of oil which will help keep the skin from overcompensating and producing extra oils, thus, making it difficult for the makeup to stay in place.

Also, professionals state that the optimal amount of time to wait between finishing your skin care regimen and putting on your makeup is 15 minutes, this allows all of the product to be absorbed.

2. Use a Primer!

Primers do just what the name implies, by creating a “primed” surface for makeup to be applied to.

They are most often regarded for their ability to smooth out the skin and act as a glue for the makeup that sits on top of them, however, nowadays you can find primers of all different sorts for many concerns.

Another thing about primers that is so awesome is they can be worn just as effectively on their own without makeup!

On the days where I don’t want to look like I’m wearing makeup (running errands, going to the gym, etc) but still want my skin to look nice I apply a small amount of primer to my trouble areas where I have the most texture just to create the appearance of better skin.

Nobody can tell I have anything on since the primer is invisible which makes me look effortless.

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2. Go for Foundations that are Oil Free and Advertised as Long Lasting

You don’t necessarily need a foundation that is full coverage to get a beautiful application that lasts all day.

In fact, I’ve had great success getting shear and moderate coverage foundations to last all day long simply by following the steps on this list!

BUT what I can tell you makes a big difference in how long the makeup wears, is whether it’s an oil-free formula or not.

Formulas that are oil-free are better liked by our skin and also tend to feel lighter on the skin, which allows them to be absorbed better and not sit on top of the skin and slide around.

Also, oil-free formulas are better for your skin as well and can play a role in reducing breakouts too!

For more proof, read up on nasty “mineral oil” and how it damages our skin over time.

4. Use a Beauty Sponge or Foundation Brush to Press Product into Skin

I personally have had better results on myself and those I do makeup on by using the proper tools.

I find that by pressing and even rolling or bouncing a brush/beauty sponge onto the skin, the makeup not only blends out more evenly, but lasts longer.

It’s all about getting that skin to absorb some of the makeup so it isn’t just sitting on top.

For reference, I have used my Beauty Blender and Sigma F80 religiously for the past 4 years now.

They’re not cheap, but with proper care, they will last you years and years.

5. Start Baking Your Face

makeup hacksYou read that correctly, but it may not be what you think.

Whether you’ve heard of this new beauty fad or not, baking is something that works great on virtually everyone!

It’s basically a technique that helps keep your makeup (concealer under the eyes especially should be baked) from creasing and breaking up on you through out the day.

It’s simple, after you’ve applied liquid foundation and concealer, simply use a damp beauty sponge to apply a generous (Read: Shit ton) amount of powder to the areas you want to set.

Lightly glide the powder over these areas until you have a noticeable white cast.

Allow this powder to sit for a solid 5 minutes or so as you tackle other parts of your makeup regimen.

I love to let my concealer bake as I perfect my brows or start to apply false lashes.

After 5 minutes is up, I will lightly sweep away all the powder with a large powder brush to reveal skin that is super smooth and makeup that is set to last all day!

6. Lock Everything In Place With a Setting Spray

This last step is super important and not to be ignored.

Make sure you have a good setting spray that you can seal all your makeup in place with.

Most people opt for either a matte setting spray or a dewy setting spray, but there are also ones with natural finishes as well.  

I have had great results with Urban Decay Deslick when I want a matte finish, and also Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray when I want to appear more dewy and glowy.

Regardless of the spray you opt for, hold it 10-12 inches from your face, close your eyes, and give your face a good 3-4 spritzes. Allow the setting spray to dry before dressing or touching the face.


So there you have it!

Incorporate these 6 tips into your makeup regimen and you should definitely start noticing your makeup lasting longer throughout the day.

If you try these tips please let me know in the comments how they worked out for you or feel free to leave me your tips on how to ensure makeup holds up all day!

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