Hot, sweaty days and ample mask wearing opportunities melting away your makeup? You’re not alone. From prepping your face to choosing the right foundation for your skin type, here’s your failsafe guide to making your makeup stick, all day long.
Prep The Skin
As the pros always say, great makeup starts with great skincare. The bare minimum? Cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate. Keeping skin buffed and smooth will mean products can be applied evenly and sink into the skin, rather than laying on the surface. Struggle with oily skin? Add a salicylic acid to your routine to soak up any excess that may cause your makeup to slip. And lastly, moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. This will help rid you of fine lines and creases and give a clean, even base for makeup to cling to.
Apply A Primer
An extra step that’s worth every second, applying primer will help lock in your makeup all day long. The trick, however, is to apply the right primer for your skin type. Benefit’s Porefessional Pore Minimiser leaves skin matte and smooth. Laura Mercier’s Pure Canvas Primer comes in various types, from hydrating to illuminating. While Yves Saint Laurent’s cult Touché Eclat Blur Primer does exactly what it says on the bottle: smooths, perfects and boosts radiance. And, lastly, don’t forget the eyes: Urban Decay’s Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer helps keeps colour locked on the lids.
All About The Base
Much like nailing the right primer, your foundation type is equally key. Skin on the dry side? Go for skincare-rich bases with serious science behind them. La Mer’s The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation combines colour capsule tech that locks in colour – even in humidity - and their signature Miracle Broth to hydrate and nourish. Estee Lauder’s cult Double Wear is heat and humidity resistant, waterproof, and delivers a fresh, matte finish. While Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation manages to leave skin dewy but with staying power. No mean feat.
An important last step that will stop creasing and keep your makeup locked in. Apply powder to any high-shine spots – the chin, forehead and nose – and use under the eyes to stop any mascara falling onto the skin. The last step? A spritz of setting spray. Apply in an X shape across the face to hit each touch point.
Not just for days spent poolside and tear-jerker occasions (although they work then too), waterproof formulas have found their way into all areas of our makeup bag. From Tom Ford’s Emotion Proof Concealer that hides dark circles and gives a matte camera-ready complexion to Clinique’s High Impact Waterproof Mascara which simply doesn’t budge, going waterproof really pays off.
Layer Your Lips
The most successful route to long-lasting lip colour? Layering up your products. Prep the skin first with a sugar scrub and follow up with a hit of hydration. Time for colour? Line the lips first. Apply colour over the top, blot, and reapply. To really intensify the effect, lock it all in with a high-shine gloss on top. Morphe make things easy with their three-step kit.