Makeup is used as an accessory to feel good about ourselves. Lately, it is a “crime” to love doing your makeup, but women should not be ashamed of creating different looks.
In order to look beautiful, you must first feel beautiful and that starts from within. If there is something that you want to change about yourself, go for it as long as you are comfortable with inner beauty once the makeup wipes off.
The power of makeup allows for those annoying blemishes and blackheads that just won’t go away to vanish once a foundation is applied, its like magic. Say goodbye to those dark circles under your eyes and hello to highlighting with a creamy concealer that gives an instant facelift.
Women tend to have darker eyes and redder lips than men do and we wear makeup to exaggerate those differences. There’s also a correcting aspect. Blush makes us look healthier; foundation makes our faces appear more symmetrical.
Below are 9 ways to make your makeup last the whole day
1. POLISH THOSE PORES
Exfoliation is key to preparing your skin for makeup application. The smoother the surface, the more even it can be applied and therefore the longer it lasts. Twice a week polish away dead surface cells with a good exfoliator.
2. USE A CLEVER MOISTURISER
Ever noticed that your makeup starts to collect into fine lines and creases come mid-morning? Hydration levels and sebum production fluctuate through the day causing your skin to look more uneven. Use moisturizers that smooth and firms the skin while you wear it.
3. IT'S ABOUT PRIME
Primer 'seals in' your moisturizer and provides a smooth, even surface for makeup. Not only this, it keeps your makeup from being absorbed, giving it greater staying power. If you have oily skin and feel like your makeup 'slips off', try an oil-free formula primer for an all-day matte finish.
As anyone with oily skin will know, it doesn't half mess with your makeup. Calamine lotion can be used as a mattifying primer, crucially without drying out the skin, as it contains glycerin, a moisturizing ingredient.
4. LAYER IT
Building up your makeup products in light layers will make it last way longer than applying one heavy layer, and it always looks more natural too. This rule applies to your base, eye makeup, and lipstick.
5. SET WITH POWDER
For longevity, always seal your makeup with powder to help it stay put. While people remember to set foundation on the t-zone, concealer in is often neglected but a gentle sweep to set your under-eye makeup will keep bags at bay longer.
6. LEARN TO LIP-MAP
The secret for long-lasting lipstick is sandwiching in the colour. First frame your lips with a lip liner, mapping out your cupids bow and the corners, which will give structure and grip for your lipstick. Then apply your lip colour with a brush, building it in fine layers and finish with another coat of pencil to set it.
7.MAKE SETTING SPRAY A MUST
Makeup setting sprays are specifically designed to prevent makeup meltdown so you hardly have to touch it up day to night. Like a hairspray for the face, a mist of this should be your last step before leaving the house.
8. STOP THE TOUCHING
We're all guilty of touching our faces without realizing spreading those germs, viruses and allergens around and while we're at it we're ruining our makeup. You can spend the earth on high performance products but if you're habitually picking your spots and rubbing your eyes you might as well not bother.
9. BLOT, DON'T REAPPLY
While it's tempting to top-up your makeup throughout the day, go easy as too much powder can look cakey and leave a heavy finish. Build-up can also increase your pore size and surface dehydration in the long run, so focus on the prevention rather than the cure of your makeup's disappearing act.
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