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How do you prolong the wear time of your makeup?

Primers, layering, and setting are key. A good primer can minimize oil that will break down makeup or just provider a smoother, better base for products to adhere to. Cream products often last longer for me, particularly when set with powder. I like to set everything with loose powder and a fixing spray.

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A prepped and primed face is numero uno! I use either Hourglass Mineral Vuleil Primer or Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel (not kidding), both work extremely well! Then I do foundation, concealers and cheek products. And always set my foundation with powder afterwards. If it’s hot out, or I happen to remember during winter, I spritz on some Elf Makeup Mist & Set.
Always easy to remember that final step when it’s warmer! Because it really feels good, LoL!

I really like the Monistat Chaffing Relief Powder Gel as well and use it every day before my foundation best primer I have ever used for the price you can’t beat it.

A fixing spray and a longer lasting lip product. For a more formal occasion, will add a primer and finishing powder. (My t-zone and under-eye area with powder daily.

Am interested in your techniques, Christine. Looking forward to trying them out!

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Skincare is my first need for a canvas. After all the goods are in and SPF on I let dry for a good 20 mins. Then I only dot primer over areas where it is most necessary. I tap it out. Let dry for a few minutes. Prime eyes and unde the eyes plus in the lower crease. This really helps with mascara and fallout. don’t know why. Nothing creases in there from it too so that helps. Do face. Set with translucent setting powder by pressing and rolling with brush. I may pounce a clean BB sponge over to push in more. Finishing powder on top in places most needed. I use fingers to press in a brighter thin layer. Warmth of hands help meld to face. Last I spray MAC fix+ for all layers or any extra powder to melt together and look natural. Using products that wear for a long time in general is useful. I’m afraid of a setting spray like UD all nighter. I hear good things. Alcohol frightens me to spray on face. I am curious what the difference would be.

Any suggestions?

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Definitely agree with what you said about skincare, Joy! I didn’t think to include that detail in my own comment, but must lay down a good canvas FIRST.
As for alcohol, I know it’s in a few products I use, but if All Nighter has it as one of the first ingredients, I’d leave it alone. Been tempted to buy it myself, but as yet haven’t read its ingredient list.

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Thanks Nancy! πŸ˜€ Yes. Alcohol is one of the first four ingredients. The faces and waving hands of those dousing themselves on YouTube looks terrifyingly uncomfortable. It scares me. Lol! If so many can use it than can it be that bad? I feel the tempting too. If you do try it, please share your experience? I’ve thought to casually stroke through and grab one than spray real quick to find out, but then I realize I could inhale poison and burn my skin so many more fun ways. πŸ˜‚

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Oh noooo!!!! That much alcohol could: 1.) Activate my asthma (not fun!) or 2.) Give my face a shrink-wrapped look! I think for me it’s a “nope”!

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I totally lean on primers, powders, and sprays, but honestly I think the single most important thing is to find skincare (primarily a moisturizer) that is a great match for my skin. I have combination skin that is quite sensitive and dries out easily, so this is easier said than done. That being said, when I land on a moisturizer that fits me perfectly I no longer find I need to worry so much about the other stuff.
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Same here, except I save the setting spray for special occasions, maybe because I feel like I’m spraying hairspray on my face, even though it isn’t. If I do use one, I like the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray, gives a glowy finish

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Using a primer and a setting powder and/or spray usually works for me pretty well. If I’m going for a fuller coverage look I like to use a buildable foundation as opposed to one that is automatically full coverage, as that tends to last longer on me. I have pretty year-round mild allergies that just mean I reach for a tissue often, so I also carry around a concealer (Nars or UD) that matches my skintone and a powder in my bag (usually the Bourjois Healthy Balance as it adds a bit of coverage) for around-the-nose touch ups.

I also pay attention to which skincare items make my makeup last longer/shorter and so for full day makeup look I’ll stick to the right moisturizers/spfs, and as I am drier skinned, I have a few different facial sprays for if my makeup seems too dry/creases/gets dull.

I was a firm believer in primers, powders etc until recently. I found that a light “spritzing” of Fix++ and then at the end Urban Decay All Nighter/ELF Setting spray have really, really helped. And I also like the way they feel. I used to think these were “fancy water” but I am sold. I also have been watching people SWEAR that the glycerin in Nivea Aftershave Balm is amazing. I might pick up some of this on the way to work! Report pending.

I just bought the Nivea aftershave lol. So far so good. It’s like a light lotion. I never cared for the silicone primers, anyway. You could also just buy 100% pure glycerin USP and mix a drop of it with a handful of water and pat onto the face.

The Nivea balm did nothing for me…besides make my face smell like a man. Too much hype, I think. Gave it to my hubby…

Second. Gave to hubby. But at least it wasn’t expensive and it was a fun experiment. Not sure I can bring myself to use chafing gel…

Oh yes! I live in Singapore (high humidity and heat) and the UD all nighter spray has been a total game changer. I can go without blotting and touching up for the whole day now

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Ditto for me. It’s all about the layering.

Face: In lieu of primer these days, I go with a It cosmetics CC mixed with some Tilbury Magic Cream as a base. I stipple on a foundation of choice. Born this Way is iron clad and perfect for winter. Summer it would be TF traceless perfecting. Lay down a light dusting of powder only in shine prone areas to set foundation with La Mer (HG loose powder for me). I spritz at the end of my makeup with Jane Iredale D20

(aside: it entirely blows me away in a Eureka type way that IT cosmetics CC in Light is such a perfect shade for my skin..shockingly accurate for a super broad based colour system given I have such issues with tones being too yellow, too peach, etc.. for my skin with so many foundations.) I bloody LOVE it.

Eyes: with a MAC paint pot (time consuming to apply though for my aging eyes) or a TF cream shadow as a base and my eye makeup is good to go. Marc Jacobs liner.

Brows: setting gel – the ABH clear one.

Lips: If I’m going for long haul, I invariably go for a casual lip and do not wear lipstick and gravitate to coloured lip balm because regardless of lipstick formula, my lips tend to dry out by hour 6 and direly need nourishment.

I’ll shut up now. The end.

I use primer, powder, and a good setting spray. That along with having naturally dry skin seem to do the trick in making my makeup last all day long. My current favorite combination is Cover FX Illuminating Primer, Lancome Tient Idole 24 HR Foundation, Lancome Dual Finish Powder, and Urban Decay All NIghter Setting Spray.

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Primers, setting powder, fixing spray, mascara waterproof topcoat. But, more than that, choosing products that stick to my skin in the first place, especially for undereye concealer, where my overactive sweat, oil, and tear glands make most products slide right off. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye really sticks. So does Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer, but it emphasizes skin texture more than the IT product does.

For eyeshadow, it’s primer, of course. I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance and that stuff is awesome. I could leave my e/s on for two days and it wouldn’t crease or fade lol. Lips, I scrub them with a mixture of olive oil and white sugar to have a smooth surface for my lipstick so the color won’t settle into cracks. I apply lipstick with a lip brush…blot….apply more….apply a bit of gloss…blot again then dust lightly with powder and lightly press lips together. Works every time. Now, for blush…not much I can do for blush. I just make sure I buy the good ones. πŸ™‚ I always make sure my foundation is sheer (I hate heavy foundation) so I don’t worry about it if that doesn’t stay on all day. As long as I have some color on my face so I don’t look like a dish rag, I’m happy. πŸ™‚

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Primers and setting spray are key for me to have my makeup last and I use both everytime I wear makeup. Also letting makeup/primers sit for a minute before applying another product/layer like mascara, foundation, contour, etc.

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