We all have been suckered into purchasing products with false advertisements. Whether it be long-lasting lip color or shine proof foundation, the truth is everyone’s skin is different. Somebody with oily skin is not guaranteed to have a shine-free face for 12 hours, and (between drinking and eating) your lipstick is not going to stay on into the night. So what is the answer to having a flawless look all day? Knowing which products to buy and how to use them.
Now, I confess . . . I do not wear primer all the time. It is awful for your skin and it clogs your pores. However, to help your makeup stay on all day it is a necessity. Make sure you give your primer some time to set on your face before applying concealer/foundation. Smashbox is my personal favorite, along with Bobbi Brown’s. If you don’t have the money to spend, you can grab a travel size Photo Finish (Smashbox) in line at Sephora, or Hard Candy has a decent primer which can be found at any Walmart.
I personally have oily skin, so I can’t wear MAC’s Prep+Prime without it making a pattern on my skin only 10 minutes after application (awesome, I know). If I put a light translucent powder on, I risk having pancake face or it migrates to another section. What’s the answer? The Beauty Blender. The one item every girl should own for perfect makeup application. I not only use it for blending my liquid foundation, but if my skin gets shiny a quick roll over the problem area makes it disappear easily. A brush is going to leave a pattern, and those oil absorbent sheets will make your foundation uneven. The sponge blends and covers making it easy to fix those shine spots.
This is the product that’s easiest to wear off. If you wear liquid and powder foundation, apply the blush after the liquid, then dust on the powder. The pigments will stick better onto the liquid. Powder on powder doesn’t stay. For those who only use powder: try a blush stick or mouse rather than loose minerals/matte compact.
Mascara primers are good to use before, but they aren’t always necessary. The best mascaras are usually the waterproof ones. They won’t hit the tops of your lids and leave black marks nor will it fall under your eyes leaving black mascara dust. Benefit’s Bad Gal Waterproof is definitely my go-to mascara for a smudge-free day.
MAC and NARS will always be my go-to lipsticks for beautiful colors that have such vivid pigments. This is the only thing that will truly make your lipstick last a decent amount of time:
-remove any peeling skin for smooth application
2. Burt’s Bees Chapstick
-softens your lips and the flower waxes actually help hold color in
3. Line and fill
-lip liner is best but your actual lipstick will work as well
-use a tissue to lighten up the color
-do a very small application
6. Dab and fill
-literally dot your lips with the color, press your lips together a few times (never rub) and then fill in.