Six Easy Tips for Long-Lasting Makeup

We’re nearing July and that means the possibility of your makeup smearing and sliding where it shouldn’t. Wait, who am I kidding, YES, your makeup will smear and slide in the searing heat.

Your body’s natural response to the changing temperature and humidity of summer is to produce sweat and sebum, leading to less than flattering results—shiny, oily skin. Ultimately, all that extra moisture and oil causes makeup to smear and slide—exactly what you don’t want. I don’t know about you but I’d rather not have to check on my makeup repeatedly like a naughty child, making sure it stays put throughout the day.

To reduce the risk of your makeup misbehaving, follow these six easy tips for long-lasting makeup.

Exfoliate: Start off right by exfoliating. Naturally, dead skin cells stack up on the skin’s surface creating dull layers of skin and texture. This texture creates an uneven canvas for makeup application. Exfoliate twice or three times weekly for normal to combination skin. For sensitive skin, exfoliate once weekly. It’s important not to over-exfoliate as this can cause inflammation, irritation and discoloration.

Moisturize: Keep your skin hydrated with an oil-free moisturizer. Dry skin forces your body to produce more oil to offset the lack of moisture. In addition to moisturizing your face daily, consider using a hydrating mask once or twice weekly.

Prime: Before applying your makeup, use face and eyelid primers. Primers offer multiple benefits, including even skin tone, smooth skin surface and longer lasting makeup. We mention face and eyelid primers; however, for extra security, consider adding lash and lip primer if your favorite shade of mascara or lip color isn’t waterproof or long-lasting.

Translucent powder: After application of your complexion products, lock in your look with a translucent setting powder. The lightweight powder absorbs oil and reduces shine throughout the day.

Setting spray: Lastly, after all your hard work, use a setting spray to seal your makeup for all day wear.

Blot away: Should you need to get rid of shine throughout the day, use blotting sheets or a makeup blending sponge to absorb the undesired oil.