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7 tricks to help makeup last all day

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It’s not enough to buy long-wear foundation. The secret to melt-proof, smudge-proof makeup is really in the application.

1. Exfoliate

Makeup lasts longer on smooth skin. Exfoliation also prevents flaking and caking. Use a gentle face scrub. If you have dry or sensitive skin, use a basic cleanser but buff it in with a soft cleansing sponge.

2. Don’t overmoisturize

Makeup slides off a really greasy face. Use a light day cream or oil, and let it sit on the face for 15 minutes before applying your base. If you’re in a rush, blot off excess moisture with tissue.

3. Apply primer

Primers contain silicone which will smooth over pores and fine lines, and then prevent your skin’s oils from breaking down your makeup.

4. Don’t apply with fingers

We tend to put on too much foundation and concealer when you use our fingers. Use a damp sponge or brush to apply foundation in thin layers. Blend, blend and blend! Very thin layers of foundation will last longer than a thick layer that melts in the heat. For concealer, use a brush or the pointy tip of the sponge.

5. Layer cream and powder products

Blush and eyeshadow will usually fade during the day. To get long lasting color, apply a cream formula and then intensify the color with powder. The same principle applies to eyeliners. Use a liquid liner or cream pencil, then set with an eyeshadow.

6. Set with translucent powder

Translucent powder will set your makeup without changing the color. Apply with a very big fluffy brush. You can concentrate this on the T-zone and under the eyes where makeup tends to fade and smudge the most.

7. Carry blotting tissues

If you get oily in the middle of the day, blot off excess oil instead of reapplying powder. Too much powder will cake, and make your skin look dry and dull. If you need extra powder, apply with a fluffy brush instead of a sponge so you get the sheerest finish.