How to make your makeup last all day (and night) long
What is the holy grail of foundations? What shape should I be applying concealer under my eye? How on earth do I "bake" my face? There are many $100,000 questions when it comes to makeup - or more specifically, how to acheieve perfect makeup. Possibly the most common question that women have been asking since the beginning of time is, "How do I get my makeup to last all day long?" If you've ever looked in the mirror during a humid day or balmy night, you'd know the horror and frustration of blotchy foundation, bleeding lipstick and runny eyeliner. You might also know the envy and confusion when you look at other girls around you with makeup that's dewy, clean and perfectly in tact!
Moving into the warmer months, it's the ideal time to get your long-lasting makeup routine down pat. There are lots of hacks and products to do this - some secret, some popular. We've put them together so you can start experimenting.
Prep, prep and prep some more
Ask any makeup artist and they will tell you the most important part of any makeup regime is the prep. Start with a good quality moisturiser or facial oil, followed by an illuminating primer. This will give you a plump and dewy base, making you look lit from within and helping your foundation to glide on and stick to the skin.
Pictured, left to right: MAC Cosmetics Strobe cream, Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing primer from Mecca Maxima, Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator from Clinique or Farmers.
Find the one (foundation, that is)
Foundation is not a one-size-fits-all. We all have such different skin issues (combination skin, uneven tone, dehydrated patches etc) that it can take forever to find the one that suits. If your makeup isn't lasting, chances are you're using the wrong product. Ask for expert advice and colour-matching at your favourite makeup store, or check out MECCA's genius foundation finder tool!
Pictured, left to right: Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush foundation from Sephora, Nars Velvet Matte foundation stick from Mecca Maxima, Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation from David Jones.
Master the hydrating spray hack
Hydrating sprays and charged waters are so much more than a quick spritz. In fact, they can be used in conjuction with your foundation to give you a long-lasting, radiant glow! Dot your foundation onto the skin, then lightly spray your face with the hydrating spray; the spray is thought to "recharge" the foundation, and make it easier to blend. Because the foundation is soaking into the skin, you can expect it to last a lot longer.
Pictured, left to right: MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Charged Water Charcoal spray, Inglot Cosmetics Refreshing face mist, Estee Lauder Set and Refresh Makeup Perfecting mist from Myer.
Oily skin? Blotting is your friend!
Blotting papers are not a new thing, but they're often forgotten about. Introduce blotting papers into your daily makeup regime in two ways: first, apply your moisturiser, wait a few minutes and use a blotting paper to soak up any oils that have not sunk into the skin. Next, apply your foundation and do the same thing before moving onto the other steps of your look.
Pictured, left to right: Chanel Papier Matifiant de Chanel Oil Control tissues, Fenty Beauty Halftime Blotting papers from Sephora, Napoleon Perdis Shine Control Blotting Film.
Bake your eyes - and your lips
Baking can be an amazing hack for setting your under-eye concealer. To do this, apply a concealer in an the dark hollows under your eyes. Wait a couple of minutes, and apply more if needed. Then, dab on an excessive amount of translucent powder under the eyes, leave it for 10 minutes to "bake" while you make up another part of your face, then dust it off! You can also bake your lips to ensure they last all day too. Similar to your eyes, apply concealer to the lips, add setting powder, sweep it off and apply your chosen lip colour.
Pictured, left to right: MAC Cosmetics 140 Synthetic Full Fan brush, Napoleon Perdis Pro Palette concealer, Inglot Translucent Loose powder, NARS Radiant Creamy concealer from Mecca Maxima.
Set and forget
The final and possibly most important step of all is setting, which is a relatively new concept for us non-makeup artists. There are loads of amazing setting products on the market these days, from powders to sprays, and it's all about finding the right one for you. Us? We love using an illuminating translucent setting powder over our foundation (before bronzer, blush etc), and then using a refreshing setting spray over our entire makeup look, to make doubly sure it doesn't go anywhere!
Pictured, left to right: Dior Backstage Airflash Radiance mist, Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder from Mecca Maxima, Makeup Forever Mist and Fix Setting spray from Sephora.