Makeup: Stay-put

It’s really hard to make your makeup stay put on all day long, especially during the hot summer months. We all have seen women with smearing makeup and with too shiny skin or smudged foundation.

The best ways to make your makeup stay for longer are controlling oil and properly using powder.

One reason for the disappearing act could be the fact that you are constantly touching your face with dirty hands which rub off your makeup and bacteria may cause pimple formation and rash appearance. It could be also the fact that you are using the wrong products. You should know exactly which products suit your skin type and understand what works best for you. If you have dry skin pick hydrating formulas designed for dry skin. Most of these products have a time-release system that continuously moisturize the skin for up to ten hours. If you have oily skin use a water-based and oil-free formula that is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic / won’ clog the pores/. Look for a foundation designed for oily or combination skin.

HOW TO MAKE:
Use a moisturizer

Always use a moisturizer before the makeup application. Moisturizers protect your skin from the sun, wind, cold, from the environmental pollutants and nourish your skin. They plump and comfort your skin and make the foundation easier to blend smoothly and to stay put longer. Moisturizers improve your skin quality and act as a protective layer to help trap the moisture in the skin and stop it from evaporation. Starting into the center of the face apply the moisturizer up and out to give your face a bit of a lift. Apply the moisturizer and let it soak in at least 3 minutes before applying foundation.

If your skin is oily look for oil-free and non-comedogenic moisturizer. If your skin is sensitive look for a product specifically designed for sensitive skin. The appropriate moisturizer for you will be the one that is fragrance-free and doesn’t contain potential allergens.If you have dry skin look for a heavier, oil-based and hypoallergenic moisturizer. There are many moisturizers for dry skin on the market that nourish, soothe, calms dry skin.

Use a makeup primer

Using a makeup primer is the best way to make your makeup stay put on for longer. The makeup primers are relatively new products on the market. Their aim is to prepare the skin for the makeup application, they pamper the skin and create a protective base for longer- lasting, natural looking foundation application and wear. The primers give the makeup something to grab onto and help your makeup last longer, because the makeup primers create a smooth and perfect surface. Most of them are oil and fragrance-free and have a gel formula that allows an even and precise application. They work especially well for people with oily and combination skin as they control both excess shine and absorb the oil.
If you apply makeup primer before the foundation it won’t rub off. A primer should be applied after your moisturizer and before the foundation. It’s essential to let it sink in for a few minutes. Apply it with your fingers to the areas where your makeup doesn’t last /usually chin, lips, eyelids/ or over to the whole face.

Use eyeshadow base

The best way to make your eye shadows stay put on for longer is using an eyeshadow base. Eyeshadow bases are nude eye base that glides on over the eyelid and create a perfect base for the eye shadow application. They usually come in gel, powder and cream formula. The eyeshadow bases stop your shadows from smudging, streaking and creasing by increasing the lasting-power of your shadows. The creamy formulas deliver precious moisture to the delicate skin around the eyes and protect the eyes. A good eyeshadow base not only prevents your shadows from creasing but also aids in blending the eyeshadows to perfection. They intensify your shadow and make it stay put on for longer.
To apply an eyeshadow base dab on lightly and blend evenly over the entire lid using a brush or your fingertips. The application of eyeshdow is as usual.

Use a face powder

Face powder improves the appearance of your skin, adds a matte finish to the face and evens out your skin. When using face powder you can conceal minor blemishes and discoloration, to tone down the excessive shine and create a flawless look. Powder is great to be used during the day on these areas of your face that get shiny. Pressed powder works especially well for those with oily skin as it minimize shine and boost the staying power of your makeup.

Use powder or a little bit of a foundation to make your lipstick stay put on for longer

Applying a dusting of powder or a bit of foundation to the lips helps maximize the lipstick’s staying power. The foundation or the powder should be the same shade that you are using for your face. Applying a bit of foundation to your lips creates a perfect base for the lipstick and emphasizes its color.Outline your lips with a lip pencil to keep the color from bleeding. The lip pencil allows your lipstick or lip gloss to last longer by creating a base for your lipstick.

Use waterproof mascara

To avoid smearing mascara use a waterproof mascara as it doesn’t dissolve in water. Apply a powder to the lashes, this will give your lashes volume and will allow the mascara to stay longer. Look down into a mirror and stroke lashes upwards with just the tip of the brush. Always brush the lashes from above and then upwards from below to get the both sides of the lashes. First apply a thin coat, let it dry and then build up with a second coat of mascara. When applying mascara to the lower lashes, gently brush the tip of the applicator across them. Always allow the first coat to dry before applying the second coat. At the end comb the lashes to separate the hairs and to remove the excess mascara.

Use oil blotters

The oil blotters or oil absorbing wipes as they are also called are a must for those with oily or combination skin. The oil blotters blot off the excess oil from your face without removing the makeup. They don’t leave a residue and keep your makeup fresh. You can use blotters instead of face powder to correct your makeup during the day – they instantly remove the excess shine and oil from the face, allowing your makeup to stay put on for longer. Just press them gently to the areas that get shiny – forehead, chin and nose area to blot up the excess oil and perspiration from your skin. Oil is soaked up and away from your face and your makeup won’t be disturbed at all you can use them as often as required.

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4 Comments »
    • Make Up Gal, Nicole wrote:
      MaxFactor is the best brand here, I completely agree. Its liquid powders and foundations are of a superior quality.

    • Wendy wrote:
      GREAT article!! I'm always searching for the best products to stay put in the hot summer months and it's very tough to find durable makeup. There's a great Estee Lauder foundation not mentioned here that is definately worth trying. It's called Estee Lauder Max Cover Foundation and comes in a blue tube that looks like the Illuminating Base listed above. This stuff stays on through anything & is waterproof. It's also very light weight and packed with pigment, so it never looks heavy, but coversl all imperfections. A couple of other noteworthy products are Model in a Bottle Setting Spray and Mattify! Loose Powder by Mattify Cosmetics. Use the Mattify! Powder as a primer (great for oily skin) and then apply it again over your foundation to give it extra staying power. It prevents pores from getting clogged and absorbs oil for a nice matte look. After you've applied all your makeup, use the Model in a Bottle Spray. It sets everything in place for 6-8 hours and helps to make your face water and sweat resistant. I couldn't live without these three products in the summer!! Oh, here are the websites for these: www.esteelauder.com www.modelinabottle.com www.mattifycosmetics.com

    • Andrea wrote:
      hi, i'm still a teenager. And i really don't know what kind of makeup will work for me. I have sensitive skin, and oily skin. I'm looking for a foundation that is pressed powder, oil-free, water based, won't clog pores, SPF,and that stays on all day. I was even wondering if you knew what kind of primer would be for my skin type and that will stay on and maybe if you know one that is not too expensive.

    • oscar wrote:
      Is it good for boys as well or should I use some other stuff to look good?

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