10 hacks to make your makeup last all day long

Get flawless makeup all day long with these helpful hints...

Ever walked out of the house looking like an absolute goddess then walked back in at the end of the day looking like you've been hit by a truck? Yeah, we've all been there.

Trying to ensure your makeup looks like it did when you first applied it is an art form, and one that we have researched. Whether you need your festival makeup to get through the dancing, you have a long event on that night or you just need it to make it through the day, these helpful hacks are about to be your best friend.

If you want your makeup to last all day, there are a few neat tricks you can use when applying your makeup to ensure a flawless 24-hour finish. Keep reading to find out...

10 tips to long-lasting makeup:

1. Prep your skin

Probably one of the most important steps to long-lasting makeup is prepping your skin. This involves both exfoliating and hydrating your skin.

Exfoliating will help it be fresh and clean. It also stops your makeup from flaking off with any residual dead skin cells.

Hydrating your skin will give your makeup a clean base to cling to and will also help to avoid fine lines and creases that peek through as the day goes on.


2. Use a primer

Whether primers seem to actually do anything was a hotly debated topic. We didn't know if they really worked but as it turns out, if you get the right one, it works a treat.

A primer will seal in the moisturiser and allow a smooth surface. Primers that have a tacky texture when applied are great for long-lasting makeup as they give your foundation something to cling to.

Priming your eyelids (yes, your eyelids) will also mean your eyeshadow will last longer and won't crease. Simply use concealer and a setting powder before applying the shadows.


3. Pick the right foundation formula

This step really is key for long-lasting makeup! A heavily oil-based foundation is going to slip and slide right off your face.

I'd suggest opting for a matte foundation (rather than dewy) as these do tend to last longer. It's also a good idea to look for long-wear foundation formulas. 24-hour wear foundations are an awesome option even if you won't be wearing it all day; it's still great to go above and beyond longwear.

The Mecca long life foundation is designed to last for 24 hours and is an affordable high-end option!


4. Set with a powder

Another key ingredient in long-lasting makeup is setting it with a powder. This will stop your liquid products from moving around and sliding off your face! It also allows for a little more coverage if that is the look you like.

Long-lasting makeup is one of the reasons why people choose to "bake". This is where you apply translucent setting powder under your eyes, on your forehead, nose and chin to ensure that your makeup doesn't move throughout the day or oxidise. It also stops your makeup from creasing and prevents the appearance of fine lines.

Setting any cream products with a counterpart powder is the best way to ensure your makeup will last all day.


5. Use waterproof products

Now this is a nifty little trick for long-lasting makeup: waterproof products.

These bad boys are great for hot days or if you're fairly oily, as the formula can combat liquid. Waterproof products are formulated to last against water so of course, they have the strength to last all day. Waterproof mascara and eyeliner definitely won't budge either.


6. Less product is more

You may not think it's true, but less is more. Perhaps you though have thought that the more makeup you put on, the longer it will last. This isn't the case.

Applying your makeup in light layers will actually allow it to last longer throughout the day. Plus, it will leave a more natural looking finish.


7. Use setting spray

Obviously, you want to get your hands on a good setting spray that will not only make your makeup look flawless but keep it in place.

When applying the setting spray, just use a couple of spritzes and let it dry. Don't touch your face while it's wet (or any time for that matter). We personally love the Urban Decay setting spray for a more matte look or the Tatcha dewy skin mist for the dewy look.

If you run out of setting spray, you can reach for hairspray as a substitute. We know it sounds odd but trust us, it works.


8. Layer your lip products

This is personally one of my favourite tips for long-lasting makeup!

It's definitely tricky to make lip products last. You almost always have to reapply in order to keep makeup looking seamless all day long.

A fun little tip to extend the life of your lip products is to use your lip liner underneath the lipstick. This adds a second layer to lip makeup and will allow a second line of defence. However, when it comes to lip gloss, you're just going to have to bite the bullet and reapply that stuff. There is no magic cure for disappearing lip gloss... yet.


9. Don't touch your face

Super important. Do not touch your face!

This is one of the main reasons that makeup doesn't last. When you touch your face, you are pretty much just wiping off the makeup and all your hard work is gone. It doesn't deserve that.

Therefore, do your best to not rest on your hands, rub your eyes or touch your face at all. Trust me, you'll end up with a very messy look otherwise.


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10. Blot, don't reapply

As a handy and helpful life tip, try not to reapply powder foundation throughout the day.

Yes, I know this can be tempting but you're way better off using blotting paper. Why? Not only can a lot of powder look significantly cakey but the powder can sometimes take off the powder already on your face.

So, you are better off reaching for the blotting paper rather than caking on more makeup. Remember, less is more.

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