With summer just around the corner here in England it’s time to take extra precautions to ensure that your makeup lasts all day. In 5 simple steps you can lock your in your face makeup and ensure that you still look great at the end of the night!
Cleanse, Exfoliate & Moisturise
In order for your makeup to last and apply to its best ability, it’s essential to start with a clean base. If you have especially oily skin, this step is essential as the oils in your skin will break down your face makeup throughout the day. I personally cleanse with L’Oreal Paris Fine Flowers gel face wash, exfoliate with the Clinique Pep Start 2 in 1 Exfoliating cleanser and then use the Clinique Pep Start HydroBlur Moisturiser.
Prime Your Skin
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve had a rocky relationship with primers but I’ve finally found a primer that actually does what it’s meant to, make my makeup last longer! The purpose of a primer is to ‘prime’ your skin for foundation, improve the texture of your skin and fill your pores for a more even application. My primer of choice at the moment is the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Skin Illuminating primer When first using this primer I was a little scared as it comes out purple and highly glittery but it’s worked wonders for my makeup!
Consider Your Skin Type
Most products don’t cater towards all skin types, so it’s important that the products you’re putting on your face cater for yours. If you have oily skin then highly illuminating foundations probably won’t be for you, and if you have extremely dry skin mattifying foundations will highlight the dry patches on your face. Discovering what products work for you is a trial and error process, but do some research online before you purchase to see what other people with your skin type say about the product!
Use a Setting Powder
The most important step for me personally is a setting powder; if I don’t use a setting powder my makeup will transfer and start to slide around my T zone after a few hours. Rather than swiping setting powder and moving the foundation underneath I like to use a large powder brush, pick up some of the translucent setting powder on the brush and press it into my skin – not swipe! I’ve found the best long lasting mattifying setting powder is the Rimmel Stay Matte powder.
Lock It All In
The last step of ensuring your makeup stays in place all day is a setting spray. Not only will a setting spray increase the longevity of your makeup but it will also help the setting powder melt into your skin and give you a less cakey, more natural look. A setting spray I’ve been loving lately is the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray.