Tuesday, 1 October 2013

How To: Make Your Make Up Last All Day

Hi loves, so this post has been one that has been in the works for a while now. I've always been meaning to get back to it and publish it but I always felt like it didn't hit all the correct points of how to successfully make your make up last all day. After the long hot summer days I've used trial and error to see what works and what doesn't work, and these are my tips to ensure that your make up stays on all day and keeps you looking good throughout the day!

Tip 1: Use a primer
Primers are essential for keeping your make up from sliding off during the day. Although not everyone may need to use a primer (e.g if you have dry skin), but if you're on the combination & oily side then I definitely recommend it. I dont nessesarily use a primer every single day, but on days where I need my make up to last the whole day I will use it before my foundation ensure the make up that goes on top of it to last all day. An alternative to this may be something like a moisturizer that acts as a primer so you don't have to do two steps.

Tip 2: Powder your skin & Set your make up

If you're not a fan of primers, I definitely recommend you do this step. Setting your make up can make a huge difference in how long it lasts. Powder will set your make up in place and ensure it from moving around on the skin. If you're a fan of luminous skin and like the 'glow' factor, then powder lightly in your T-zone and leave the rest to glow. However, if youre prone to oily skin then I definitely recommend powdering over your foundation and setting your make up to ensure no creasing and to allow the make up to hold together for longer.

Tip 3: Go easy with the contour

We all love to contour our face, myself included, to get that chizzled bone structure to make our face appear slimmer: however, when you want make up to last all day long simply skip this step and go for an overall bronzed look rather than creating harsh contour lines. The contour may last for a few hours, but many products can end up look muddy or chalky on the skin which is what we want to avoid if we want the make up to last all day. Instead, put bronzer at the high points of your face (forehead, cheeks, jaw line) and where the sun would hit naturally so that you're achieving a more natural look whilst also giving yourself a faux tan.

Tip 4: Avoid loose eyeshadows, go for neutral cream shadows

This is one of the biggest mistakes we make. A lot of people attempt to use loose eyeshadows such as glittery or shimmery shades on their lid, which will only fall out a few hours later. Make sure you're using a pigmented eyeshadow, that will stay on your eyes all day. I recommend using cream shadows as they are super easy to apply and last for hours without any touch up or maintenance required. If you want to get creative with your look, I recommend matte eyeshadows that will stay in place all day and will create a neutral look that isn't too heavy for day time.

Tip 5: Use Gel eyeliner instead of liquid

Gel eyeliner has quickly become my holy grail eyeliner product over the last year or so. I've always loved liquid liner and still do, but gel liner does not move around whatsoever. I'm talking 12+ hours of longetivity. Gel eyeliner's consistency is a lot thicker than liquid or pencil liner, so it stays on your eyes for much longer and doesnt smudge. Liquid liner can wear off during the day and can smudge if you're one of those people who frequently touch their face. Pencil liner is the last thing you want to reach for if you want your make up to last, because it will slip off your eyes in a matter of hours. Whenever I've used pencil eyeliner on my lower lash line, I end up having to wipe off the product that has fallen down underneath my eye. I really recommend Mac's gel liner or a cheaper alternative is Maybelline gel liner: both work great and stay on all day!

Tip 6: Use lip balm and lipstains instead of lipstick/ lipgloss

Although lipsticks and lip stains may last a while on your lips, you're going to be drinking and eating throughout the day so you dont want to keep on reapplying. This one is completely up to you: but I tend to avoid lipsticks as they tend to settle into fine lines on the lips and needs constant touch ups. Instead, go for a lip balm or tinted lip balm that will nourish your lips as well as give them some colour. This way you dont have to worry about touching up and your lips will remain super moisturized throughout the day! 

Overall Tip: Blend blend blend!

I cannot stress how important blending your make up is to ensure longetivity. Whether you are using bronzer, blush, eyeshadow or anything: be sure you've blended out any harsh edges and lines to ensure your make up blends onto your skin rather than leaving noticeable lines. Make up tends to clump and crease together after a few hours, but if you've blended well then this wont be the case.

These were all my tips & tricks for make up to last all day :) hope this post helped!




  1. Great tips! From now on I'm going to use my cream eyeshadows more, normally I just neglect them haha.

    Kathryn x

    1. They last forever & come in so useful :) xx

  2. If you have the time, I find that applying a second coat of powder products after your oils absorb the first layer really helps makeup stay all day! Could not agree more about the powers of a good primer as well :)

    1. I do that all the time! I always carry some sort of powder for maintaining throughout the day too :) xx


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