I don’t know about you, Lovelies, but my days have been getting steadily longer during my time at university. Back when I started, I though seven hours outside of the house was a long time! These days, it isn’t uncommon for me to spend double that trudging between university, work and friends. But even though my days may be longer, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to look good at the end of it!
For me, the key to still being fresh when my evening class lets out is doing the right prep work in the morning so here are my top five tips for looking good well into the night!
1. Let Everything Soak In
And by everything, I mean everything! From moisturizer to foundation to eye primer, try to leave some time before you go in with the next product. I personally like to wait 10 minutes between moisturizer and primer and then one minute in between every other step. This allows for your previous layer to set so it isn’t disturbed by whatever you put on top of it. It also ensures that you don’t end up looking cakey because you set your still tacky foundation with powder.
2. Always Use A Primer
I know that some people feel like primers are pointless, but for me they’re essential to making my look last all day! I always make sure to use both a face primer and an eye primer so that my foundation doesn’t slide off and my eyeshadow doesn’t crease. I’m currently using the I’m using this Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Perfecting Primer since my skin has been a bit oily lately, but they also have a brightening version for dry skin. For eyes, my all time favourite is the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. Make sure to blend this into the inner corner and under the eye as well.
3. First A Cream, Then A Powder
One of the best ways to get your makeup to last is to layer a cream and a powder. For your base this means setting it all with powder. For eyes, this is using a cream eyeshadow and then topping it with a powder eyeshadow and setting your eyeliner with a similarly coloured eyeshadow And for your cheeks, this means first applying a cream blush and then setting it with a powder blush
4. Try A Stain
Now I wouldn’t recommend this for eye or skin makeup, but lip and cheek stains are a great way to ensure that the colour sticks to your skin. My favourite cheek stains are the Tarte ones, but I know that the Benefit ones are considered cult classics. I’m not going to lie, I’m not one to generally bother with lip products beyond a tinted lip balm, but even this lip product averse girl has to admit that the the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm is all sorts of amazing.
5. And A Quick Spritz To Finish It Off
I’m not talking about perfume here, although smelling delicious is always a great accompaniment to any look. Setting sprays, like the Urban Decay All-Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, lock in everything you’ve applied an give you a couple extra hours of makeup longevity. This is also infinitely smarter than doing what my friends and I would do during high school, which was to squeeze our eyes shut and coat our faces in hairspray. Do not do this. EVER. I was a stupid, stupid teenager, which was probably not helped by inhaling all that hairspray. My poor brain cells…
How do you make your makeup last all day, Lovelies? Did you spray yourself in the face with hairspray too or were you far smarter than I as a teen?