Tips for Long Lasting Makeup
Any time you need to look your best for more than a few hours, the challenge becomes “how do I keep my makeup looking fresh and my skin looking its best for the entire event?”
Brides have struggled with the dilemma for ages. For celebrities – walking the red carpet is just a small part of a long event that ends in the wee hours of the morning – they too, worry about how to look their camera-ready best throughout the night. Even working women struggle to keep their look fresh and ‘melt-proof’ for the day without having to touch up or re-do their makeup at lunchtime.
Enter the long-awaited primer. Primers are the new ‘must have’ for anyone trying to melt-proof their look for more than a few hours. Primers not only extend the life of your makeup, they also help to:
- Fill in fine lines
- Create a smooth canvas for makeup to stick to
- Temporarily hide dark spots
- Prevent creases from forming on eye lids and around smiles lines
- Control the appearance of shine
- Minimize the size of pores
- Prevent makeup from melting or flaking
How Primers Work
There are a variety of primers for different skin types. They can be moisturizing or drying, tinted or transparent – and there are primers for different parts of the face. Selecting the right primer for your skin type is as important as selecting the right foundation.
The first thing to do is determine what your skin type and condition (read how to correctly determine your skin type and skin condition here). Is your skin oily, dry, or combination? Do you want a matte affect? Do you have blemishes or irritated patches to cover? Purple or mauve primers balance sallow skin tones. Pink primers help brighten dull complexions. Selecting a green colored primer hides redness from rosacea, acne or other irritations.
Much like preparing a new wall for paint, using a foundation primer under makeup hides imperfections and provides a canvas on which foundation is applied. The primer acts as a base or ‘prime coat’ allowing the foundation to adhere to the primer rather than soaking into the skin – in this way, less foundation is needed to create flawless coverage and the foundation will not come in contact with surface oil.
Eye makeup primers perform a similar function – they ensure that the eye shadow goes on smooth and does not melt or crease over time. Without eye shadow primer eye shadow collects in creases (especially in people with oily lids). These creases are the result of blinking and normal eye movements. Although there are slight variations in the colors of eye shadow primers, most come in shades that blend in with most skin tones. This is because the purpose of eye shadow primer is not to accent the eyelids with color, but to prepare the eyelids for long lasting eye shadow.
Tips for Applying Primer
- Clean and tone skin
- Apply moisturizer and blot dry – let it sit on the skin for five minutes (use an oil-free moisturizer for oily skin)
- Apply primer with a makeup sponge all over the face. If your skin is oily make sure to pay close attention to applying primer to the oily t-zone area.
- Allow primer to set for 3-5 minutes
- Apply eye shadow primer to lids and upper eye area – allow to set before applying eye shadow
- Apply foundation and other make up
Tips for Keeping Makeup Fresh all Day or Night
To increase the long lasting effects of your makeup select a waterproof primer, long-wearing foundation, crease proof eye shadow and long wearing lipstick.
A lot of people make the mistake of toning down shine with powder puff and face powder, which can result in a caked on affect that may settle in creases later on. Instead, use blotting papers if you are hot, or your face is beginning to shine. Blot the forehead, nose, upper chin and the area above the eyebrows with tissue or blotting papers to absorb oils without disturbing makeup.
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