6. Take Time With Application
I know ladies – we’re busy – and in a rush. However, if you want your makeup to stay in place, you have to invest just a little bit more time and effort into the way you apply your “beat”. Simple tricks like stippling your foundation on or applying concealer and lipstick with a brush for more precision will truly make the difference. It also helps to set each step of the face as you go, as opposed to waiting until you’re all done. For example, try apply a loose dusting of powder after foundation and concealer, then again after blush and bronzer; it ensures that each layer is locked in place. Just don’t go overboard, and be sure to sweep away any excess.
Layering is a secret gem in the professional makeup artists’ bag of tricks! If longevity is what you want out of your beauty products, start using them together! If your fave lipstick color is wearing off too soon, try applying it over a lip that is lightly lined and filled in with a complimentary pencil. If you find that your powder blush seems to disappear after a few hours, use it over top a creme blush or liquid cheek stain. If eyebrows are your thing, consider reinforcing your brow pencil with a gel, or setting brow powder w/a wax. All in all, there is power in layers. You wouldn’t just get one coat of polish at the nail salon, would you?! Exactly.
For an active woman on the go, waterproof (or water-resistant) beauty items insure the look, and give you an added few hours of wear. I, for example, live by my black waterproof YSL eye liner pencil, because it never smudges or creases on my oily lids. These days, everything from liner, mascara, foundation, and even lip gloss (crazy, right!?) come in varieties that combat water. The only trade off is finding the right products to take them off – gently – when all is said and done! There are plenty of makeup remover wipes, oils, and creams that do just the trick for long-wearing cosmetics. Estee Lauder’s “Take it Away” towelettes are one of my go-tos.
The final step in a flawless and long-lasting face is setting everything into place. If powder is your thing, try applying with either a dense, fluffy brush or velour puff in a patting motion, which really packs the product into the skin. If you prefer a more dewy look but still want staying power, try a finishing spray like Urban Decay’s “All Nighter” or one of the five different sprays offered by Skindinavia [http://www.skindinavia.com/index.php].
Once you’ve left home to hit the streets, be sure to stay strapped with a few key items that’ll help your face look fresh throughout the day! Your lipstick is one of them, though you’ll rarely have to pull it out if you’ve lined your lips fully. Blotting papers and/or pressed powder are other great things to keep in the stash, just in case a bit of shine surfaces. And, should any imperfections peek-a-boo when you’re least expecting them, keep a small concealer stick/pen on standby. They won’t catch you slipping!
What tips, tricks, and tools do you use to keep your makeup in place 24/7??? We’d love to hear them…