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How to Make Your Makeup Last

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How do I make my makeup last? A question that I receive almost daily. Getting your makeup to last from 9 till 5 if not longer can be a hard task, with so many things promising to give you long lasting results how do you really know they are going to work? Not many of us can necessarily afford to go out and spend $40 on a new primer each time a product we’ve tried before hasn’t worked. So here’s a couple of hints, tricks and products that I’ve found to really make your makeup last. 

- Start by moisturising your skin after cleansing and ensure you leave it to sink in for a good 5 minutes. If you’re in a hurry you can lightly absorb some of it with a 1ply of tissue.

- A primer is absolutely essential for making your makeup last, it gives the makeup something to stick to and absorb into other than your skin. The amount of primers out there is crazy, there’s so many but really, which one’s actually do make your makeup last? Not only is your skin type a contributing factor but your preference, age, and finish are to. My pick of the bunch for all skin types is

  • Smashbox’s Photo Finish Oil free primer which I recently tried and I  must admit I am shocked. Many people talk about this product and how good it is but I never really truly believed them. After moisturising and letting it sink in for a while I applied this product.  It left my skin with a gorgeous velvety feel and didn’t make my skin shiny. At first I wasn’t sure how this would react with my dry skin and was worried it may make it a little dry but it didn’t this product is amazing for all skin types. I applied the product at around about lunch time, and by about eight o’clock at night my makeup still looked completely intact and freshly applied. This primer will seriously make your makeup last from 9-5, and even longer. So if you’ve had a long day and plan on going out in the evening you don’t have to worry that your makeups not up to scratch. I honestly cannot rate this product enough and is now one of my favourites without a doubt. The other great thing? The product is completely paraben free. This product is available at Kit Cosmetics Stores in Australia and at Sephora stores in the US.

A few other favourites of mine include: Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer, Napoleon Perdis’s Auto Pilot Pre-Skin foundation primer/Face Of Australia’s Face Base, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, Loreal Paris Studio Secrets Magic Resurfacing base.

- Don’t wet your skin before applying makeup. This is a common practice that many people do but applying makeup to wet skin causes products like primers, and moisturisers to lightly wash off so they are not as effective and can’t do there job properly.

- Use long wearing makeup. So many companies carry there own long wearing makeup range, which includes products like foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, powder, lip colours, eyeshadows, eyeliners and more.

- Powder set’s cream products. Setting your makeup with a translucent powder that is yellow toned (white toned if you are extremely pale) will make your makeup last much longer, whether it be your foundation, your lipstick, concealer or that cream eyeshadow you love powder will ensure it lasts longer. When setting your foundation use a brush if you have dry/combination/normal skin and a powder puff if you have oily skin.

- Never apply to much makeup. Applying to much makeup can cause your makeup  to ‘slide off’ your skin, this is because it turns into something that is almost ‘binded together’ which makes it easier to move.

- Control oil. Ensure you try control your oil well, to much oil can cause makeup to ‘disappear’ or slide off, oil blotting paper’s can help with this, I recommend using natural ones that are free of chemicals like parabens, titanium dioxide etc. Boscia and Sephora collections are great ones to look out for.

If you have any more questions, feel free to send me a message!

*This post contains a product/sample which was sent to me for consideration, however this does not alter the honesty of this review or the blog, all opinions stated are honest and my own.


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