Hi guys! Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start because mine is so busy! As you guys know, I was in Canada for the Toronto Film Festival and will be on my way to NYC for fashion week shortly. My weekend was filled with so many late nights, glam makeup, and dressy outfits, and it will only continue through fashion month. So as I was getting ready, I realized I haven’t shared a post on how to get your makeup to last all night. In my years working as a fashion influencer, I have attended many events where long-lasting makeup was needed. I also had the pleasure of working with several makeup artists who have taught me a thing or two. I’ll be everything about all-nighter makeup with you guys today.
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Always prep the skin
There are three steps I follow for prepping my skin the right way, and they are: exfoliate, moisturize, and prime. Skin is so important before applying makeup because you want the smoothest possible texture to work with. I don’t recommend exfoliating the night before a big day but you should be exfoliating at least two times per week.
The first step before makeup is moisturizing with an oil-free facial cream. You should pick a moisturizer according to your skin type. I can get greasy around this time so I prefer a gel-cream texture like La Mer The Moisturizing Cool Gel Gream.
After moisturizing comes primer for the face and eyes. Primers are great for smoothing out your skin, adding a dewy layer if needed, and locking in makeup all night. Some primers combat skin concerns like acne, uneven texture, and fine lines. I like to use Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask as a primer because it’s a true multi-tasker that keeps my skin fresh and creaseless. I swear by this primer for eyeshadow. One trick I picked up from a makeup artist is priming your eyebrows to ensure they’re budge-free too. Who would have thought this?!
Apply cream or liquid products in thin, light layers
Once your skin is prepped, you’re ready for real makeup! Like my moisturizer, I like to use an oil-free foundation known to be long lasting so I don’t have to deal with slipping or sliding. Then after foundation, it’s important to layer any other liquid or cream products you might using, such as concealer (love this one), highlighter, blush, or bronzer. Work everything in light, thin layers so that it adheres to the skin. If you have a heavy hand, using a sponge like the Beauty Blender helps tremendously and it aids in making your makeup look natural.
Then layer with powder
I am a believer in setting your makeup, so after all your cream and liquid products are on, it’s time to go over them with their powder counterpart. This sounds heavy, but it won’t look nor feel like it if you have been using a light hand. This process will lock the products in place and prevent them from shifting. I swear by this powder for all over the face and setting my concealer. I also love this highlighter and this bronzer which I have spoken about numerous times now.
Blot your lips
If you plan on wearing a strong lip color, make sure you exfoliate them beforehand and apply a lip balm. There are many options for no-frills lip color, including liquid lipstick, gloss, or a traditional lipstick. If you’re going for a bold color and traditional product, line the outer edge of your lips and fill in thoroughly. Then, apply the lipstick, blot with a tissue, powder over the tissue, and reapply. You can repeat as needed. In my opinion, your safest bet for a long-lasting lip color is to go with a liquid lipstick.
Eye makeup tricks
Layering your eye makeup with the right products is also crucial to having it last all night. Eyeliners can be super tricky but this Marc Jacobs one is so good. If you have a problem with eyeliner budging, be sure to go over it with with black or dark eyeshadow. I always like to finish my eye makeup off with mascara. I have been obsessed with Nars newest Climax Mascara, but a waterproof one would be better on oily lids or lashes. Lancome makes the best waterproof mascaras.
Set with a spray
Once my face is finished, I end the process with a setting spray using about 4-5 spritz, and that seals everything up for several hours at a time. Once it dries, I’ll do any additional touch ups.
That’s all for my go-to tips and tricks for getting my makeup to last all night. If you have others, please share them below!