I thought it were impossible too! My skin get's oily just ONE HOUR after putting on my makeup... one hour! I never thought I'd be able to find the right products, right ingredients and right techniques to make my makeup last all day long, but I did, and I'm going to prove it to you!
For those of you who are my Youtube subscribers headed on to my blog site, welcome :) but for those of you who aren't familiar, I recently uploaded a video called "how to make your makeup last all day long" and proved it in a vlog where I were my makeup for 18 hours straight!
If you're looking for the actual application, watch along! However for my lovely people who are readers out there and want me to get straight to the point, skip ahead and I'll show you my top, fool-proof ways to making your makeup last all day long (I will worn you though, you'll have the words "prep" and "set" engrained into your mind after reading. And if you STILL don't believe these tips work, well... the proof is in the vlog ;)
Set Your Primer
Dry skin ladies, this may not be for you, so beware! Setting your primer with a translucent setting powder is key to making your makeup last all day long. The truth is in trick. Even with the worst of primers, if you lock it into place, it's not going anywhere. Setting your primer ensures that your primer will not separate from your foundation, causing patchiness. This also creates another barrier between your skin and your foundation, making oil that much harder to penetrate to the surface and disrupt your makeup.
Less Foundation, More Stay Power
Less is more when it comes to making foundation stay all day long. This may sound counter-intuitive as we think we need layers upon layers to not wear off, but it's quite the opposite. Start with a budge proof foundation. My favorite of the moment is the Fenty Beauty Pro Filtr' Foundation as it does not budge one bit. The heavier the foundation, the more likely you are to have separation and transfer. This is caused by your skin not being able to breathe. The more foundation you wear, the drier your skin will feel, which cause more oil to come through and more foundation to separate. Let your skin breathe and only go for that one layer of full coverage ;)
Set like it's No Bodies Business!
Just like normal, you MUST set any liquids, including foundation, concealer, contour etc! I love the Sephora Microsmooth powder to set my entire face, however any loose setting powder or pressed setting powder will work as well. Make sure to set your entire face after you are done using all of your cream products like a cream contour or liquid highlighter. If you choose to bake, that will work as well! In my experience, baking causes my face to feel dry and cause more oil to come through, so bake away if you wish, it's just not my cup of tea.
*again, don't go over board here. Remember, less is more :)
Fan in your setting spray
It's not enough just to set your face with a setting spray, you MUST fan it in! I'm not a fan (pun intended) of people pushing the setting spray into their face with a beautyblender etc. after spraying it. Your blender can soak up the setting spray or push more product into your skin from the blender, causing breakouts and cakiness [cake-ee-ness... not sure the correct spelling here lol]. The best way possible to maximize the potential of your setting spray you threw down maddd stacks for, is to fan it in. The faster that setting spray dries, the more locked and loaded it's going to be on keeping your makeup in place. Try it out, it really works! *creds to NikkieTutorials for the tip
Prep the Eyes
When it comes to the eyes, longevity of your shadow and liner truly rely beneath the surface, aka, your base. Find an eye primer that works best for your lids. I personally also have oily lids, which is why I like the Mac Paint Pot's. They're pretty tacky so they'll stick on to your skin throughout the day.
Set the Eyes
Didn't I warn you about the prep and set dance? (if you don't know what I'm saying, then you clearly didn't read my intro!) This can go one of two ways: either your setting your primer, or setting your LINER!
Setting your eyeshadow primer is just like setting your face primer. You want to make sure you have the smoothest base possible for proper shadow application, but you also want to make sure that trusty old primer base isn't doing you dirty later on in the day. You can set your eyeshadow primer with another shadow, just make sure it is translucent and you cover your entire lid.
Now, for my ladies who have issues with eye liner or shadow smudging... we shall set some more! You can see how I do this in the video, but if you just can't find a liner that is even remotely close to not smudging on you, you may want to listen (and watch at 7:35) up. Smudging occurs because of watery eyes or oily eye lids. What is the one thing that has been trusty to us when it comes to stopping transfer? Setting. Take an eyeshadow that matches your liner (i.e if you're wearing black liner, take a black eyeshadow) and lightly tap the shadow over your liner to set it. It's simple as that! Now if you know your eyeliner smudges no matter what, it's probably best to skip out if you're going for an 18 hour day, but if you are determined, well, here's your best hope!
Oh, and try a waterproof liner next time perhaps.. *no tea no shade*
The Power of Liner
I never was a liner girl, until Colourpop sold them for $5 and I thought you know what, times have changed let's give it a go! Lining your lips does wonder for your shape, but what about longevity? Don't just outline your lips with your liner, fill them in! A lot of people use liners as lipstick because of the pigmentation and stay-proof power of them. Consider filling your entire lips with the liner, and then adding your matte liquid lip or comfortable lip color on top. That way, once your lipstick fades away and is ready for a touch up, your liner will still appear underneath and keep the color your were going for.
Disclaimer: this may dry out your lips a bit quicker than normal, however if you use a satin lip or gloss on top of the lip liner, you keep the pigmentation of liner, and keep your lips feeling comfortable with just a few occasional touch ups.
That is all, folks! And if you're not convinced, check out my super awesome day and vlog below where I test out this long-wearing makeup ;)
Love you all!