Have you ever spent hours working tediously on your makeup, feeling fabulous, only to look in the mirror two hours later and see all your hard work has caked, melted, or just rubbed off? Well I have. Infact most of my teens and early twenties were spent with this frustration. It wasn’t until I did some further research, and tested a ton of products and techniques that I finally felt confident in the wearability of my base makeup. If you struggle to keep foundation and concealer on your face, and looking good for longer than 4-6 hours a day then keep on reading.
Before you put makeup on for any occasion or style the first thing you need to do is wash, exfoliate, and moisturize your skin. It is important to get rid of any dead skin cells, and give your skin some hydration before you add makeup. Also, allow your skin the opportunity to absorb any moisturizer you put on it before applying makeup. This will ensure the products won’t interact in a negative way, and that your skin has been allowed to absorb all the moisture possible, which will help create a smoother canvas.
The next step is to prime the face. I begin by adding the Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer to help reduce the bags under my eyes as well as add a bit of moisture.
Next I take the Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer and add a small amount to where I have fine lines and enlarged pores.
Everything up to this point has been to create a smooth base. These next steps are what will make the biggest difference in the wear time of your base makeup.
And now we apply an eye primer (pause for weird looks). It sounds weird to use an eye primer on the face, but just trust me, it works! I highly recommend the Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. This stuff doesn’t move and is matte so it won’t mess with the finish or color of anything you put over it. I begin by taking a small blending brush (I use this one from BH Cosmetics) and gently swirl it into the Paint Pot being careful to only grab a small amount. I then brush the product into my skin using small circular motions around the sides of my nose, the bridge of my nose, and my chin. These are the areas where my makeup tends to cake and transfer the most, so I want to add extra protection here to keep my makeup put all day. If you have another areas of the face the makeup tends to breakup on or transfer from, place the eye primer there. I am careful to only add the thinest layer of this product as adding too much will emphasize texture and cake up. If you find this happens to you when using this technique, try using less on your next application.
After adding the eye primer to all my problem areas I then use some setting spray. Traditionally setting sprays are used to set makeup after application is complete, however by adding a layer now it will help to create a barrier between oils that can break up makeup and the rest the base when gets applied. The spray I recommend for any oily, combination, or normal skin types is the Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Setting Spray. The Mac Fix Plus is also a great option for dry skin types.
Make sure the setting spray has completely dried, and then add any color correctors you feel you need. For reference I alway color correct my under eyes.
Next we being foundation application. I start by placing foundation (Estee Lauder Double wear, you already know) on the back of my hand and with one finger I dot the product all over one side of my face. I then take a damp Beauty Blender and blend the foundation using stippling and stamping motions until I get an even and smooth finish. The key to foundation application and long lasting wear time is to add a thin, even layer. The more makeup you put on, the more likely it is to become cakey.
Next I take concealer and place it under my eyes, and on any acne or dark spots that are still peaking through. I also blend this out with my Beauty Blender as well.
Very quickly after the concealer is blended out, I will take my damp beauty blender once again and dip it into a loose translucent setting powder. My most favorite right now is the Mabelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder. Picking up a decent amount I will begin to stipple and blend it into the skin under my eyes, around my nose and cheeks, and on my forehead and chin. I usually dip into the powder once for each eye, again for the nose, once for the forehead, and again for the chin.
Then I spray another layer of setting spray and gently with my Beauty Blender press the moisture of the spray into the skin. This will give the skin a more natural quality to it after applying all of your setting powder.
After finishing the rest of my makeup (brows, eyes, contour, bronzer, blush, and highlight I spray a final layer of setting spray on and quickly fan it dry.
And this is the final result!! My makeup doesn’t budge or move for 10-12 hours using these techniques.
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