Give your make-up staying power with these pro tips
Going about your daily activities is stressful enough without worrying about an oily T-zone or smudged mascara. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to get through a quick coffee and nibble on a muffin without having to reapply your lipstick? We certainly think so! Here’s all you need to nail your look and make it last all day…
Prime Time All- day make-up starts with great skin. Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and boost your natural glow, then use a day cream to lock in moisture. Now for primer. Whether you need to smoothe out fine lines and wrinkles, minimise the appearance of pores, or correct pigmentation, there’s a formula for everyone. Choose your favourite then apply a pea-sized amount to your face. This will help mattify your skin, ensuring your foundation lasts all day.
Staying power Look for make-up that promises to be long wear to make sure you remain matte and smudge-free throughout the day, come rain or shine. Choose water-proof foundation and concealer then build up the coverage in two or three thin layers, rather than one thick layer. Opt for water-resistant mascara and eyeliner, and brow products that won’t budge, no matter how much humidity you’re exposed to throughout the day.
Layer your Look The key to long-lasting make-up is what Beyoncé’s make- up artist refers to as ‘duality’. Sir John swears by setting cream products with a powder counterpart. Fill in your brows with gel colour then set with a brow powder. Create fierce flicks of eyeliner with a creamy pencil and then go over it with an angled brush and matching eyeshadow. Apply a cream blush to the apples of your cheeks, followed by a powder blush and line your entire lip with lip-liner, followed by a liquid lipstick for the ultimate melt-proof make- up.
Fix It Forget what you’ve heard: make-up setting sprays do work – and not just at the very end of your routine. Spritz directly onto your make-up brushes to bring out the pigment in your powder shadows and blusher for a long-lasting finish. Once you’ve done your face, try this nifty trick from Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic: spray one side of your face, just focusing on the upper cheek area which usually holds the most product, then simply use a hand-held fan until the product sets. Repeat on the other side and you’re good to go!
Touch Up You can prime, go water-proof and layer until you’re blue in the face – you’ll still get a little oily throughout the day, regardless of your skin type. Keep a few sheets of blotting paper in your handbag to get rid of any excess oil, before touching up shiny areas with pressed powder to refresh as often as needed.