How long do you need (and how long do you want) your makeup to last?

For my real life? Eight hours is more than sufficient since I’m inside most of the time, so when I leave, it only needs to look fresh for a few hours. I like makeup to wear for a solid 10 hours, though, because I think this allows for really good/strong wear for 8 hours and then a gradual breakdown to the 10-hour but it hasn’t all gone downhill yet!

— Christine
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Just long enough to get me through my work day… I start getting ready at 5:30 a.m. and I need my make up to last until at least 4:30 p.m., though I don’t mind if foundation wears off in spots. I mostly just want my concealer to look relatively fresh and creaseless (still working on this) and my eye make up to be in mostly the same spot as where I applied it in the morning.

I need it to look good through my workday and when I get home I still want it to look decent so that I don’t think I have been out there looking crazy. I would say a good 10 hours.

I have pretty long days. I generally apply my makeup some time around 6:30 to 7 am and want it to look decent until at least 7 in the evening (I don’t mind reapplying lipstick, which I do several times a day, depending on whether I get time at lunch or not) and a touch up with some powder is fine if I’m going to be going somewhere after school or in the early evening. But generally, I need my makeup to last without a lot of faffing around for at least 12 hours.

When I was working, I needed it to last 12 hours and it never did. It was only after I stopped working that I found the time to learn how to make it last. Now eight hours generally is enough. My lifestyle is like yours, indoors a lot and out on,y for a few hours.

I need my everyday makeup to last 10+ hours, and it does, except for lipstick, which I don’t mind having to reapply several times during the day. I also carry a pressed powder compact so I can touch up my T-zone if it gets shiny. Evening going-out makeup should last at least 6 hours and I don’t like having to reapply lipstick more than once, so I go for longer-lasting shades for those looks.

Minimum 10 hours. I apply my makeup around 6:30 am and leave work at 4:30. 12-16 hour wear is more up my alley in case I’m running errands after work.

My average day from makeup application to return home with no intention to leave again is about 10 hours. If I’m doing anything after work, it’s more like 12-14 hours. I’d like my makeup to last at least 12 hours or if it’s not going to do that, degrade gracefully so I don’t look like a complete mess.

It should last a work day including the commute so figure 8 hours work, 1 hour drive time, 1 hour lunch so minimum 10 hours but ideally it should last longer so you can run some errands after you get home. This is for eye and face products. Reapplying lipstick during the day isnt a big deal.

Through the work day, so ~10 hours including commute time; I don’t mind retouching for business/weekday evening events. For special occasions, e.g., nights out, I’m find to trade off longevity for looks.

I need a good 12 hours between putting it on in the morning and getting home on an average day. It’s taken a LOT of trial and error to find something that remotely works, usually, or at least some of the time, to look decent in that period (with blotting and touch-ups). If I’m going out after work (not errands out, but, like, dinner or an event out) I redo my foundation completely before I leave the office. I have a whole system.

Foundation/face: I’d like my foundation to last for a typical work day (8-10 hours), but I don’t mind it wearing off as long as it wears off evenly. I blot during the day with a tissue if needed instead of powder because I don’t want to contaminate a brush or sponge. I don’t worry much about cheek products; sometimes I see evidence of my bronzer/blush/highlighter when I get home, sometimes I don’t.

Eyes: This is most important to me and I’ve got it down pat thanks to primers and setting and layering – it still looks flawless when I get home from work. Waterproof mascara also helps.

Lips: I can get up to 4 hours wear depending on brand and formula, but I don’t mind re-applying it during the day; in fact I prefer it because I’m trying to use up a few tubes.

Ideally? Until I remove it at night before bed! Especially my base and eye products, as those are not so easy to touch-up while I’m out and about. Lipstick or gloss is another story. I’m happy if I can get a full 3-4 hours out of it before I need to touch that up.

I don’t mind re-applying lipstick, but otherwise I need it to last all day! On a side note, today I discovered that Urban Decay’s 100 degrees melts off of my lips when it’s actually 100 degrees. We’re not used to this in Minnesota!

Based on my non-working life I don’t really need it to last for more than a few hours as compared to back when I was working 12 hour shifts a day. If it gets me into town and home again then I am satisfied. I do want it to look good for that time and sometimes you don’t even get that if the weather is bad or the products just stink.

10-12 hours, since that’s how long I’ll be at work. Foundation sometimes doesn’t, but all of my eye makeup never budges.

I would like my makeup to last a good, solid 10 hours to get me through the working day. I don’t mind reapplying lipstick, but I really dislike it when my foundation breaks down after 5-6 hours or so.

I’ve had marketplace jobs when I needed it to last minimum 12 hours, lest the paramedics be called. Imy home based now and don’t need or want that kind of staying power so 8 hours is fine. Special events are different and also depends on length of event.
It’s ironic that I now know tricks and products to use to help with staying power, could’ve used that some years ago. ?

I would love for it to last 8-10 hours, but that’s not too likely. Eye makeup is very hit or miss, depending on how many allergens or irritants I encounter that day. I may have excessive tearing or my lids may start to get crease grease. The undereye is the hardest part for me. Almost everything I use emphasizes the lines I have, which are mostly from allergies. The once in a while that I find something that doesn’t (Shape Tape), it tends not to last all day. I often find I have to touch up liner, blush, highlight, and, of course, lip color.

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