The holidays are upon us and you know what that means; lots of parties and events are on the horizon. With all the holiday fun the last thing you want to worry about is your makeup not lasting the whole night. You want to be picture perfect from the minute you step out your door to when you kick of your shoes after a night of dancing. All you have to do to ensure a great night is to prep properly. We’ve created a list of the top 10 tricks to help you keep your makeup on point and on your face. Follow these tricks of the trade to ensure your makeup does nothing but wow your friends.
Skin Prep Is Paramount
First things first…you can’t expect your makeup to stay put if your skin isn’t prepped for it. Dead skin is one of the main causes of makeup flaking off. You want get rid of dead skin cells so that your makeup can lay evenly on your skin. If you can get regular facials is the ideal way to get to your skin goals. If that seems like too much of a commitment, then regular home exfoliation will do the trick. It makes a big difference in your skin’s texture and helps you have the best base for makeup. Some home treatment options are washing with microbeads, use your favorite face cleaner with an exfoliating wash cloth or use a Clarisonic once a week.
Hydration not Moisturization
Now that you’ve been upgrading your facial regime game, it’s time to see the results of your extra effort. On the day you need your makeup to last all night we say you hydrate your skin instead of moisturize your skin. Confused yet? Don’t worry we’ll explain. Rich moisturizers will make your makeup fade fast; our solution is to use a hydrating mask the day of your event and then add a light moisturizer avoiding the T-zone areas since they tend to be oily. Too much moisturizer will tend to slip and smear your makeup but we still want you to have glowing skin for your event. Let the light moisturizer soak in for at least 15 minutes before applying makeup. Additionally, we’d suggest to do the same for your lips to make sure your lipstick stays on long. Apply lip balm for a few minutes then blog the excess away with tissue before applying your lip color.
Take the Time to Prime
Before you start to add your makeup there’s just one more step to make sure it lasts all night. We can’t say enough about makeup primers. They are the holy grail for long lasting makeup. Applying a primer is an extra step and takes a few seconds but you’ll be happy you took the time. Packed with silicone, primers prevent the oil on your skin from breaking down your makeup. Silicone also smooths over pores and fine lines so foundation doesn’t settle into them and look uneven over time. Before you apply any other makeup, smooth a primer all over your face, including your eyelids. There are so many primers out there with different textures we say you should explore the options and find the one that feels the best on your skin. There are primers that are specifically made for different parts of your face from eyelids to brows to lips. But if you’re on a budget we say just using one face primer and lighten the application to more delicate areas.
Slow Down No Need to Rush
We know sometimes you need to get ready in a hurry but slowing things down will make a huge difference in the end. Between each step of your makeup application make sure to leave some time to allow your makeup to set. You want your makeup to dry before you go to the next step because the last thing you want is unknowingly set yourself up for slippage. An easy way to speed up the process is to use your hairdryer on the cool setting.
Lighten Up On Your Foundation
The one misconception that most women make is that to have longer lasting makeup is to have thicker and more makeup when actually ‘Less is More’ should be the golden rule. Also, never apply your foundation with your fingers. We like to use a synthetic foundation brush to add your foundation because it will be more hygienic and the brush naturally applies a thinner layer of foundation to the face. Make sure to always blend your foundation with a beauty blender to ensure a natural and even look.
Take Care of Dark Spots with Concealer
Just because you’re going light on your foundation doesn’t mean you have to skip over any dark spots. Use a dense concealer to address those areas but make sure not overdo it. Just use it in areas that really need it. Make sure to use a small concealer brush for precision.
Layering Your Lips, Cheeks & Eyeshadows
Layering with cream & powder is a great plan for all your makeup application. Not only will it look more intense and the color will be saturated but the mixture of textures will work with each other to hold your color. The cream base holds the powder in place and the powder keep the cream from fading. Brilliant! So here’s the general rule: Cream first then powder second. You can use this technique for your cheeks & eyeshadows. The process is slightly different for your lips.
When working with your cheeks, we suggest you first apply cream blush then go over it with powder blush and bronzers. Do the same for your eyeshadows, apply your cream eyeshadow first then apply powder eyeshadow of the same color on top to set it. Make sure you apply everything in thin even layers and that goes for your blush, highlighter, translucent powder and lipstick. There’s a slight tweak for your lips; we suggest you use a lip liner to line and fill in your lips then add your lipstick over the top, blot and then add more lipstick. This process will seal the color to your lips and acts like the perfect lip stain.
Finish Your Look with Some Powder
Every makeup artist we have ever worked with always with uses a sheer, colorless loose powder as the final step to long lasting makeup. Too much powder, though, will create a chalky finish and may create a white flash on your skin in pictures. Make sure you are only doing a light dusting all over your face and don’t forget the T-zone.
Live by Setting Spray
Just as we boasted about primer earlier in this post, we can’t say enough about setting spray. They come in a spray or mist form so just try a few to know what you prefer. Makeup setting sprays are also transparent and don’t change the color or texture of your makeup. Use it after your completely finished with your makeup application. Most makeup setting sprays are suitable for all skin types. If you have sensitive or dry skin, watch out for makeup setting sprays that contain alcohol, as they will dry out your skin. Just a quick spritz all over your face will do the trick. And make sure that your face is dry before you step out the door.
Blot Don’t Add
So you are finally done with your makeup and you off to your party. Let’s be real…you look amazing!! And you know your makeup will last all night because you followed all our steps for long lasting makeup. That’s awesome. Throughout the night you’ll be dancing, hanging out in the crowd and having fun but you’re bound to get a little shiny in your T-zone. Don’t go for your powder for touch-ups. When you apply more powder your makeup will start to look cakey from the added layers. We recommend you bring blotting papers to press the oils away. You can still reapply your powder if you want but using blotting papers will reduce the number of layers you may potentially add.