Makeup is something that can take a lot of investment of time from us. Now considering the amount of effort and time that we put in to create the perfect look, wouldn’t you want it to last for a longer period as well?
Just think about it – you have successfully created the perfect wing liner, used the lipstick for a voluminous pout and carefully contoured and highlighted to enhance your features in the best way possible. But, by the end of the day, any trace of all your hard work has just disappeared.
This will probably make you wonder what exactly it is that you are doing wrong and why isn’t your make up lasting the whole day? Well, read on to find out the reasons.
You are getting ready way too fast while skipping the primer
We understand that you might be having a tight schedule with deadlines to meet, which is why you cannot spend hours perfecting your makeup and honestly, we get it. But, instead of applying too many products all at once, try to space out your time and stick to using minimal products.
Let us take an example to help you explain this better. You may be aware of how skin prep is important before you apply any sort of makeup to your face. Usually, the last and the most important step of skin prep is to moisturize your face.
Now, you have to let your moisturizer sit for about 10 minutes before you proceed with any other product. If you instantly apply foundation right after your moisturizer, your makeup is going to slide right off. The idea here is to give time to your products to sink into your skin which, in turn, will improve longevity.
Also, before you apply the foundation, make sure that you use a primer. Using a primer is one of the most effective ways to make your makeup stay as it is all day long. Even if you look at beauty videos on YouTube, you will see how every beauty guru always applies a primer before concealer or foundation. Also, make sure that you are using a primer that is suited to your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, get a primer for oily skin. We urge you to not skip this step as it is the very base of long-lasting makeup.
You keep touching your face and don’t blot it
After you’re done with your makeup, keep your hands off your face at all times. Just like our hair, our face needs to be left alone in order to prevent it from becoming greasy or oily.
The warmth from our hands can break down the makeup particles while also spreading germs and bacteria that can cause our skin to break out. Make a point to avoid leaning on your hands whenever you are at your work station.
With the help of blotting, you can eliminate any excess oil formulation that may accelerate the breaking down of your makeup. This tip becomes even more necessary if you have oily skin as, by the evening, you will already have a lot of oil on your face.
Instead of reapplying the makeup on top of this layer of oil and grease, just use a blotting product to do away with the excess shine. There are many products available for this purpose that can instantly mattify the oil.
You are using the wrong foundation formula
A foundation couldn’t have been more aptly named since it does serve as the very foundation of our makeup. This is exactly the reason why you need to be careful when you are selecting a foundation formula for yourself.
In addition to the skin tone, you also have to buy a foundation according to your skin type. If you have dry skin, opt for foundation formulas that are more cream-based and that contain ingredients that can moisturize and hydrate your skin. In case of oily skin, look for oil-free formulas of foundation that are water-based for a lightweight and anti-shine effect.
If you end up using the wrong foundation formula, it is only natural for your makeup to not last long. Using an oil-based foundation if you already have oily skin will leave you with a greasy face due to which every makeup item used will slowly wither away by the evening.
You are not using products to “set“ your makeup
Whether you use a setting spray or a setting powder, the entire concept of “setting your makeup“ is crucial in order to make your makeup last for a longer period.
There is a common misconception that setting products are marketing gimmicks that don’t really do much for your face. This notion tends to hold true. After you have finished your makeup routine, indulge in a few spritzes of the setting spray to lock the product in. The best part about setting spray is that they are available into finishes – matte and dewy. You can go with a finish that you feel would be more suitable to your style.
You are using way too much powder
If you see too much shine on your face, the main reason behind this is the excessive production of sebum and oil.
Using a powder to eliminate excess shine is completely fine. The problem arises when you overdo it. First, swap your powder brush with a beauty sponge. Use this sponge to gently pat the product into your skin so that your foundation and concealer don’t get lifted. Remember to first blot and then touchup using powder.
So, these are a few mistakes that you might be making as a result of which your makeup isn’t lasting long enough. As you may have realized, the above-mentioned tips can be quite handy while being extremely simple to follow. Try to avoid committing these mistakes and you will instantly see the difference the next time to apply makeup.