How To Make Your Makeup Last Longer

Top Tips on How to Make your Makeup Last All Day | Space NK
There’s nothing we hate more than doing a full-face of makeup and loving the finished look only for it to disappear after a few hours. We all have those moments when we find ourselves in front of a mirror and realise our makeup looks completely different from how it did before we left the house. But what exactly happened? Where did this makeup go, and can we fix it?

As party season is right around the corner, there’s no way we’re spending time creating a festive makeup look if it’s going to fade after a few hours. We spoke to celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of E11even Amanda Grossman to get her lowdown on the best tips and tricks for long-lasting makeup…

Why Does My Makeup Come Off?

Whether you have dry or oily skin, makeup can fade regardless of your skin type. One of the main reasons why makeup tends to come off is because of your skin’s oil production. The effect is usually more noticeable on oily skin, but during this time of the year it can also happen if your skin is dry and flaky. Just like with skincare, choosing the right products for your skin type will ensure a long-lasting makeup look.

If you have combination to oily skin, you might want to stay away from dewy finishes and if you have dry skin, matte products may not be the ones for you. What works for others may not always work for you. Onto our tips on how to make your makeup last all day.

How to Make your Makeup Last All Day?

Step 1: Prep and prime

“Skin prep is so important for the longevity of makeup,” says Amanda. “I think people sometimes shy away from really moisturising the skin, but that really helps makeup go on nicer, regardless of whether you're using liquid, cream or powder makeup. Makeup looks better and lasts longer on moisturised skin for sure.”

Additionally, the best foundation (no pun intended) for a long-lasting makeup look and smooth canvas for your base is to apply a primer after your skincare and before your makeup. We love the VIEVE Skin Nova, £ 13,00 or the Westman Atelier Vital Skincare Complexion Drops, £ 62,00 for a gorgeous, luminous base. Try the Tatcha The Silk Canvas, £ 51,00 if you prefer a matte finish, it will not fail you.

Step 2: Keep the Makeup Light

As tempting as it is to do a full-face of makeup during the festive season, using too much makeup could be part of the problem – if it’s too heavy for your skin, it can slide off. Our top tip is to opt for lightweight formulas when you’re applying multiple layers. You might think of Ultra Violette Daydream Screen SPF50 Tinted Veil, £ 38,00, as a summer essential, but this weightless base provides a healthy complexion and great coverage all year round. We also love anything from Westman Atelier to keep it light with great coverage.

Amanda is all for keeping things simple too: “Whether you've got time to get ready from home or you're rushing out from work, there are two things you can do for effortless impact – depending on your preferences and what suits you, either opt for a bold lip, or add a load of eyeliner and mascara. And you’re good to go.”

Step 3: Set your makeup with a powder or a setting spray

When you’re done with your makeup, make sure to set it with loose powder or a setting spray. This will create a barrier over your makeup to keep it from coming off throughout the day. We like that you can go for dewy finish or have a matte finish with oil-free formulas.

Whatever you go for, setting your makeup will create that long-lasting makeup effect and keep your look worry-free, day or night. “I’m obsessed with Hourglass Veil Soft Focus Setting Spray, £ 48,00,” says Amanda. “I have one particular client I use this on – and there’s no need for me to stay with her for touch ups!”

Step 4: Use blotting sheets for oily patches

If you have combination to oily skin, chances are that you’re going to see some oily patches appear throughout the day (and night). We know the feeling and if you don’t want to reapply powder or your setting spray, blotting sheets will be your new favourite product. We love having the Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers, £ 12,00 wherever we go, they absorb the oil on your face without removing any of your makeup. It’s like you applying a fresh layer of powder, without any additional product.

Our Final Say On How To Make Your Makeup Last All Day

As Amanda Grossman has pointed out, creating a long-lasting makeup look is not just about your makeup. You skin type and skincare routine can play a big role in the staying power of your makeup. Cold weather often makes skin dry and flaky, maybe consider exfoliating more often for a more even base.

When choosing your makeup products, you also want to make sure they’re right for your skin. And remember – amidst the chaos of party season, you can take a breather. “I’ve been putting E11EVEN E11even Fragrance Oil, £ 80,00 on my makeup table for over two decades, because in busy environments it really does help to create a sense of calm.” Now, let’s get ready...

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Posted: Tuesday, 14 November 2023