Let’s face it, with the right make up, you can go from dull and dowdy to dazzling diva in a matter of minutes. But long lasting makeup can be tricky – heat, humidity, pollution, dust and even your own oily skin could mean that the makeup starts to come off a lot quicker than you may want. So how can you keep yourself look fresh and fabulous for longer?
Here are some tips for long lasting makeup:
1. Pick the right makeup
Smudge proof and water proof make up is usually better wearing than other types. Also specially formulated long wearing lipsticks and foundations or bases that are designed for 9 to 5 office wear will be better if you want to make your makeup last.
But don’t take their word for it; manufacturers and marketers will use gimmicks and clever wording to sell their products. Read up about the product, see what user reviews say about it and ask friends who may have used it for their experience. This will give you a better idea about whether the claims of long lasting makeup are accurate.
2. Prep your face
Put your makeup on freshly cleaned skin. Also make sure that you exfoliate regularly so that skin is fresh and smooth without build up of dead cells. Some experts advise using a makeup base to prime the skin of the face for makeup. Other experts advise moisturizing the skin. Yet others advise that foundation should be applied directly to clean skin for it to last long. You can do some trial and error to find out what works best for you.
3. Use layers
Use concealer to smooth over any flaws and discolorations on the skin before applying the foundation. Also remember to use a lip liner and then fill in with lipstick. Blot lipstick and then reapply to make it last longer. Layers are important if you want long lasting make up.
4. Blend well
Using layers means that you have to blend your makeup well so that it appears smooth and seamless, not blotchy and patchy.
5. Keep it cool
The air conditioner is your best friend for long lasting makeup. It will help you keep cool and prevent sweating as well as oily skin so that your makeup stays on better and doesn’t flake away with sweat. So try and keep as cool as possible to help your makeup stay on better and for longer.