Fading makeup is a common problem faced by many women, especially those with combination or oil skin types. The natural oils of the face, perspiration, and outside environmental factors can greatly diminish the quality of your makeup throughout the day. But there are ways to get your look to last longer. Just adding a few extra preparations to your morning routine can keep your makeup looking fresh way past lunch time.
Prep Your Skin
If you don’t take care of your skin, no amount of makeup will improve it – plain and simple. Taking good regular care of your skin and prepping it correctly before a makeup application will keep it on all day long. Start by using a good cleanser that will remove excess oil. Choose the right type for your skin, whether it is oily, combination, or dry. Follow up with an appropriate, lightweight moisturizer to meet your skin’s needs. Dry skin needs a more emollient formula to keep your pores from absorbing your makeup; oily skin needs an oil-free formula to keep the pores from producing excess oil, which will melt away your foundation.
When you do apply foundation, make sure that the formula you choose is designed for all-day wear, says Beauty Tips online. It’s also important that it match your skin tone and meet your skin’s chemical needs (i.e. oil-free for oily skin types).
Proper Foundation Application
If you apply makeup with your fingertips, according to Real Simple, this can start to work against your makeup before you even finish putting it on. The oils of the hands breakdown the makeup formula, so it’s only a matter of time before you’ll notice your makeup has broken down completely, and disappeared.
Instead, apply your liquid foundations and powders with sponges or special foundation brushes. Not only will your makeup go on without any breakdown, but you’ll also get an even application of a much higher quality. Once you’ve applied the liquid foundation evenly, add a thin layer of translucent powder on top to set it for the day. This powder helps control the oil on your skin so it won’t melt away your products.
Prime Before You Add Color
For the lips and eyes, fading is an even bigger issue for your makeup application as the day wears on. A lip primer works well to keep lipstick and lip gloss in place. In a pinch, a thin coloring of lip liner also does the trick. Layering your lip products is a great way to keep color in place throughout the day.
For the lids, a primer is also recommended, according to Beauty Fool online. Several companies make eyelid ‘canvas’ products or lid primers, you just have to look for them. If you don’t have a primer, apply a tiny bit of concealer across the lid. The eyeshadow will stick to this layer, safe from the oils that would normally melt it away. Another technique involves wetting your eyeshadow brush with water, dipping it into the color, and then swiping it across the lid. This method helps the color stick directly to the skin of the eyelid for longer wear. Finally, try using cream shadows alone or with other powder eyeshadows. The cream shadow is like a colored primer, perfect for a nice daytime look with a great day-long hold.
It’s not hard to get longer wear from your makeup, if you have a few key tricks up your sleeve. Try these methods yourself to see how your cosmetic wear can be improved overnight.
– Beauty Fool. How to Make Your Eyeshadow Last Longer.
– Beauty Tips. Making Cosmetics Last Longer.
– Real Simple. Make Your Makeup Last: Quick Tips for Longer Wear.