What do you recommend using to keep make-up lasting throughout the day? I wear Bobbi Brown foundation, spot concealer, and powder, but by the time an 11:00 morning meeting comes around, my blemishes are showing, and it doesn’t look like I have anything on my face. I also want to keep a somewhat “natural” look. I have oily skin and am very prone to breakouts. Thanks for your help!
Mid-day Makeup Melt is a real problem. But you actually have two separate issues here.
For keeping blemishes, under-eye circles and imperfections covered, you need to set your spot concealer. I apply Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage with her special brush and then, I lightly tap on translucent powder with your fingertip to set the concealer in place. This helps my acne stay covered.
If you need a drugstore brand, I have friends who swear by Boots No. 7 Primer($10). And if you’re willing to think outside the box, I keep reading about women who use Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel as a makeup primer, which makes sense since it’s meant to keep skin dry all day.
And lastly, if you really want to freeze your makeup in place, you should look into a makeup setting spray. A friend who does makeup professionally uses Urban Decay’s De-Slick for oily skin and All Nighter for regular skin. And while I didn’t like Mally Beauty’s Poreless Face Defender for daytime wear, I wore it to an outdoor event a few weeks ago, and I was shocked how matte and fresh it kept my makeup.