Ask Belle: How to Get Makeup That Lasts
Oct 29, 2015
My makeup fades by the end of the day. Looks great in the morning, absentee by 4:00PM. My sister says I need to be using a primer. Is that really going to do the trick?
Best of luck, Ava
I hate to re-apply (I don’t even carry makeup with me during the day), so I am obsessed with keeping my makeup looking its best. But makeup that stays all day takes more than a single solution. To keep your best face forward from morning-to-night, you need to think in layers.
Primer is a great place to start. It preps the skin and gives makeup something to hold onto. Primer can also help smooth out unevenness and fine lines.
The kind of primer you need depends on your skin type. I’m combination, so I need an oil-free primer like NARS pro-prime. If you struggle with dull skin, try Laura Mercier’s Radiance primer, which imparts a candlelit glow. For a drugstore option, I like Boots No.7.
Translucent Powder. You should be applying a translucent setting powder over the top of your foundation and concealer to help hold it in place. I love the Micro HD powder from Makeup Forever. Though NYX makes a very similar dupe.
For light coverage, apply your setting powder with a big, fluffy brush. If you need more hold in a certain area, used a cosmetic wedge or sponge.
Makeup Setting Spray is a hot beauty trend. Years ago, I used a product called ‘Model in a Bottle,’ so it’s been around but is now reborn. Setting spray basically creates a film on your skin that seals in your makeup to prevent rubbing, evaporation, etc.. It can also even out your application.
I use Urban Decay All Nighter with oil-control, and it works pretty well. NYX also makes a spray in both matte and dewy finish. Both products give you longer-wear, but the spray takes a minute to dry.