Make your makeup last: Our top 5 tips

By Celina Mahoney

Ensuring your makeup lasts for a long time can be tiresome: from patchy foundation, to flaky mascara and fading eyeshadow, we can often look more drab than fab by the end of the day. Luckily we have compiled some tips to prevent these common issues, keeping you looking fresh and flawless for hours on end!

  1. All about that base

First things first: make sure your skin is freshly washed before beginning your makeup routine. You can’t paint over a dirty wall, so attempting to pile makeupon a dirty canvas is also a no-go! Cleansing removes excess oil, dirt and impurities, while moisturiser adds a hydrating barrier to the skin. Opting for a light, oil-free option is also recommended for ultimate makeup application and to assist with longevity. Begin by following these two steps (and any others you like to include in your skincare routine) before applying any other products to the skin.

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser ($9.99 at Priceline)

  1. Not to prime is a crime!

If you want your foundation to last the distance, then it is important to invest in a primer to suit your skin type. If you have dry skin, a hydrating primer can prevent your makeup clinging to any dry patches, as well as add some brightness to the skin. More on the oily side? Keep it at bay with an oil fighting primer to ensure your makeup doesn’t slide around. There are also options for hiding pores, colour correcting redness and illuminating dullness, depending on your skin needs!

If you’re wearing eye makeup too, priming here is also recommended. Specifically designed for the lids, eyeshadow primers help the products placed on top blend easily and stay in place without fading or fall-out. Plus, they also prevent mascara transferring to your lids, meaning they are a true multi-purpose essential!

Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot Primer ($59 from Adore Beauty)

Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($28 from Mecca)

  1. Set it down

 There’s no doubt that glowing skin looks beautiful, but achieving this doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the setting powder. This is an important step in making liquids stay in place, and preventing transfer. Dry skin may get away with a light dusting across the T-zone, however oilier skin will probably need a slightly heavier hand. A loose setting powder can be a great option if you want to avoid a cakey feeling on the skin. However, if you feel a little flat after this step, add dimension back into the face with bronzer and highlight. This will create the illusion of glowing skin, without the shine!

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($62 from David Jones)

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Palette ($67 from Net-A-Porter)

  1. The finishing touches

Setting sprays are all the rage in the makeup world right now. Not only do they help melt powders into the skin to reduce dullness, they really do stop your makeup from budging. Plus, much like primers, there are different kinds for different skin types. A dewy spray can be great for boosting moisture and preventing transfer in dry skin-types, just like a matte option will keep shine at bay for oily beauties. They really do add the finishing touches to any makeuplook and are a wise investment for everyone who wants to keep their makeup in place for long periods.

Also utilise the services of a makeup artist Melbourne to get the expert advice you need!

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray ($49 from Mecca)

  1. Be prepared to primp

While these tips will make your makeup last longer, there are certain times when a little touch up might be necessary. Make sure you always have a lipstick in place, as even long wearing formulas will fade with eating, drinking and talking. If you’re choosing a matte colour, its also wise to have a lip balm in your bag in the event of any unforeseen dryness. Similarly, a pressed powder is also a good option to have on hard if you tend to get oily during the day, particularly in the warmer months! A quick dusting in the T-zone will extend the life of your makeup by hours. Pop travel size products in your handbag or clutch for convenient, on-the-go touch-ups!

Clinique Chubby Meets Skinny Eye Kit ($30 from Mecca)

What are your tips for making your makeup last?

We hope these tips help to keep your makeup looking fresh on a day-to-day basis. However if you have an important occasion coming up, we highly recommend booking in with an experienced MUA. They will have all the tips and tricks to make your makeup last all day and night, as well as access to professional products. Check out our homepage now to book for your next event now!