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:



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