How to Make Your Makeup Last All Day Long

In high school I would always sit with my hand on my cheek ready to fall asleep at any minute. The result: little to no foundation left on my face by the end of the day. What was left on my face was separated and oxidized.

I went through a lot of different phases through middle and high school with makeup to try to make my skin look better and last longer. Some mornings was just liquid foundation, sometimes I used concealer (there was a brief time I would apply it under my foundation for no apparent reason) sometimes I would use just powder foundation. Really, the goal was to have the flawless, matte skin like all the pretty girls did.

None of this worked and really until recently, and thanks to this video from Jaclyn Hill, I was still bad at this. Now, I do have to say, if you are someone who has dry skin what I am about to tell you may not work for you but if any of my fellow grease balls are reading I have your solution!

Enough of the talking and backstory lets get to what you clicked on this article for.

Step 1: The Base

Makeup only looks as good as what’s under it. This is only partly true but still something important to remember in this step. Recently I have stepped away from using traditional primers and I have moved into using a hydrating serum. The one that I currently use is the Art Naturals Hydrating Formula. High school me would have strayed away from a hydrating product because I was terrified that it would make my skin more oily. Little did I know stripping all the oils from my skin was only furthering the issue.

Now, I have found my happy medium is a hydrating serum. The important thing here is that your skin is a little tacky. Not like Elmer’s glue on a 4-year-old sticky but just enough it barely sticks to your hands if you touch it. This allows the foundation to stick to your skin and stay in place.

Step 2: The Foundation

The foundation that I use is not something that I would have ever thought I would use. I told the sales associate at Ulta that I wanted something good for oily skin. It didn’t have to be full coverage but if it was that would be great, and I wanted it to have a matte finish. The result here is that I have the best foundation for my skin type and I love wearing it everyday.

My point here is that using a foundation that is meant for your skin is really what will make the difference for you. If you have dry skin and you’re using something for oily skin its probably going to turn out looking nowhere near what you wanted.

The other point I want to make about foundation is how you apply it. If anyone were to ask me I would say a sponge is the only way to go. Brushes are streaky and much harder to blend a liquid product. I use this sponge and let me tell you it is magic.

Step 3: The Concealer

If you are one of the Blessed Ones that has perfect skin and doesn’t have acne and gets enough sleep consistently, then please feel free to skip to step 4. Okay, now that its just us normal people here I am going to tell you how to use concealer to change your life. Invest in something high coverage and liquid.

For me this means Tarte Shape Tape but maybe for you something comes to mind that you like better. There really hasn’t been a makeup product that has revolutionized and revised the bar in the industry like Shape Tape.

But you may be asking how does this change my life? Apply this under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape, on your Cupid’s bow, the tip of your nose and all of your spots. Now, remember that sponge we send fo foundation? Bounce that concealer in until you feel like it is blended to high heaven.

Step 4: Setting and Baking

Now that you’re looking a little like you’ve been sick for approximately 6 years, you are going to set your concealer. The reason I like using Shape Tape so much is because you can usually wait 10 minutes before you set it before it starts creasing.

At this point your sponge/blender/beauty blender might be getting dry. I recommend taking some MAC Fix+ or any other facial spray and giving it a refreshing spritz. the setting powder I use for under my eyes is the Becca Under Eye Brightening Powder. I take my sponge and stamp some under my eyes but DO NOT BLEND IT. Just let it sit there. The next thing I will do is set my concealer. I use the Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder. I pour some  into the cap and then do the same process over the places you applied concealer and anywhere you feel like your makeup might move during the day.

Now you are going to also not blend this in and leave this powder on your face while you do your eye look.

Step 5: Finishing the Face

Now you are going to take a small but fluffy brush (I recommend the ELF Jellypop Stiple Brush) and dust off the powder gently. Once that is off you can proceed to do your blush, bronzer, contour, and/or highlight as you normally would.

To really finish this off you are going to get a setting spray that is also good for your skin type. (I use the Urban Decay All Nighter De-Slick Setting Spray for oily skin) Make sure that this has a fine mist and that you use it over your whole face.

For me this is where the story ends. My makeup stays in place until I take it off after work or at night. If you are someone who is worried that this wont work for you carry your facial spray and blending sponge with you for a quick tough up throughout the day.


Let me know your tips and tricks for making your makeup last all day and please check out the video that goes along with this post:



Guess What I Started a YouTube Channel

If you have stuck around for the dry spell of blogging for the last couple months consider this your oasis!

I love blogging, it has a special place in my heart. I also love makeup and as much as I love both of these things makeup and beauty are visual for most people. Trying to write or create a pictorial is a little difficult.

To help me reach as many people as possible I decided to hop on the beauty YouTuber train and start my own channel. I’ll still be posting here and probably mostly posting about what I post about on YouTube.

Without further ado here is the link to my newest video:

So you might be asking why I would start a YouTube Channel in the first place? Well The answer is pretty simple actually. It is really hard to try to write about how to do makeup. I can tell you how to blend an where to put what products but really seeing them is the easiest way to really be able to tell how something will work for you.

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that makeup really helps my mental health. Being able to make videos helps me to feel less stuck behind a screen and more able to connect with people.

So enough about me I want to get into actually talking about my latest video.

At the time this goes up (or at least shortly after) the most recent video on my channel will deal with some new Tarte products. While I was filing that video I did some great first impressions but now fast forward to current Kate. Now I can tell you how they wear all day and really a full review.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Pallet: This one for me is an easy win. Repurchase, recommend, however you want to put it. I love it. Before I tried this pallet I never really understood what people meant when they said the formula of an eyeshadow pallet was creamy but now I get it.

This pallet blended like a perfect daydream; the kind you go back to sleep to try and finish. However, I will say this, if you do not like shimmer shades this pallet is not for you. It has a lot of shimmer shades which for me makes it a fantastic pallet. These shades have it all, they are pigmented, they blend well, they are neutral ( I am definitely a neutral pallet fan) and the color story is great.

Until I started watching RawBeautyKristie (Highly commend her channel if you don’t mind a little swearing) I didn’t understand the idea of a pallet so let me try to explain it a bit. Basically its the way colors are arranged in a pallet to best help you to create a look. This pallet has a great color story to the types of look I like to create.

Tarte Sex Kitten Pallet: So when I first ordered this pallet it was part of a set called the everyday glam look (or at least something along those lines) and it looked right up my neutral loving ally. The name was a touch of a shock but I have also been using the Better Then Sex Mascara for years so I really wasn’t clutching my pearls too hard.

These colors are beautiful. They have the same amazing blend ability and color story hat make me reach for this pallet over and over. There is one complaint that is really just a picky pet peeve of mine. There is one color that has a larger pot than the others and I cant stand this. The color itself is beautiful and I use it again and again. For some reason my brain only registers all the colors that are the same size. I don’t know why that is but if I’m not really looking at this pallet I don’t even register that pallet.

Estee Lauder Stay in Place Makeup: Okay I am going to start this one out really honest: this is an expensive foundation. However, with my dry, irritated, and also sometimes oily skin, this is seriously fantastic and it is the kind of foundation that makes me not ever want to try another one. I don’t even feel like I have to set this foundation. It applies BEAUTIFULLY and it is so comfortable and lightweight. I usually have a problem with the way that foundation sits on my nose and upper lip but this one really stays in place all day. I really don’t have any complaints about it.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea So Fine Liner: My feelings about this liner are really mixed. On one hand it really glides on and it is a definite black color. However the applicator is tiny. I feel like I cant do my liner in one fail swoop like I usually do. But it also helps me to get a really good wing. I really cant decide how I feel about this liner but so farI haven’t reached for it since I made this video so maybe I have more issues with it than I think I do.

So those are the most important things that I tried in this video that I wanted to talk about so let me know what you guys think and if you have tried any of these products and what you thought of them.