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How To Make Your Foundation And Makeup Last Longer And Stay On All Day

As much as we all love applying makeup, sometimes we have to face those inconvenient touch-ups throughout the day — especially when it comes to our foundation. Whether it be an unsightly oil slick on our T-Zone, or the effects of wearing our face makeup for more than 12 hours, there has to be a way to set and forget our application, right? I was lucky enough to have celebrity and fashion makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen share with us a few tips on how to make our base makeup last, with just a few easy steps:

– Prep your skin well. Get rid of excess oil with a cotton pad and toner like witch hazel, rose water or whichever toner you prefer.

How To Make Your Foundation Last Longer And Stay On All Day

– Choose your moisturizer wisely. If you have oily skin, don’t pick one that’s too rich. Perhaps an oil-free primer is the way to go (like Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil-Free). If you have dry skin, moisturize away and take care of the dry spots around the nose with a beauty oil (like RODIN Olio Lusso Luxury Face Oil. If you have normal skin, stay on the non-greasy side (try using Meaningful Beauty Antioxidant Day Creme SPF 20 or La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Skincare Lotion).

– Select a sheer textured liquid foundation and apply it preferably with a damp sponge (preferably the Beauty Blender by Beauty Blender). The thicker the foundation the more oil or oil-like ingredients it needs to have enough “slip” to be applied. I said slip, you get the idea?

– Set with a finely milled loose powder (M∙A∙C Set Powder) after the makeup application. Use a brush if you want a barely-there finish or a puff for a more velvety finish. The latter is what I prefer, adding sheen in selected places so it doesn’t look thick. For extra sheerness, I sometimes spray a mist of water to get away from the powdery finish. In any case, powder is the only thing that will set a base for long-lasting durability.

– For touch-ups during the day, arm yourself with powdered blotting papers (like ones by Papier Poudre or Palladio). If you’re still running around twelve hours after the initial makeup application, you may have to whip out a compact powder. As long as the color matches your skin, the quality is pretty much the same with every brand, so pick one that will fit in your purse.

– Nicole Gordon Levine

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