What are your tricks & tips to keeping your makeup lasting all day long?

What are your tricks & tips to keeping your makeup lasting all day long? Share!


Primers, bases, and setting powder. The three… must-haves! It’s all about building on things – layers, whether it’s on the skin (primer, foundation, powder) or the lips (liner, lipstick, gloss)!

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What are your favorite primers, bases and setting powders, Temptalia? Can you make some recommendations for various skin types? Thanks!

Primer and using the right foundation. Set the foundation with powder & keep a pressed one for touchups if needed. Also, blot tissues.

Primer, of course! Smashbox Photofinish Light is great for oily skin. It lives up to the hype, ladies, I swear! Then foundation: Chanel Mat Lumiere, my latest love affair. Lastly, MAC Blot Powder to soak up the rest of those stubborn that try to seep through. My makeup lasts about 6-8 hours, I think that’s as good as it gets. For me, at least. I have such a hard time getting my lipstick to last, though! I just slap it on (bad idea, I know) and I’m reapplying an hour later. Do I need to fill in my lips with pencil first? Christine, do you know a good lip pencil (from MAC prefferably) that matches or comes close to Freckletone? Thanks!

Blotting papers, which I “make” from toilet seat liners, are essential! I also spritz on a mix of toner and water throughout the day, especially if I reapply powder. My makeup has a tendency to get cakey and slippery, so almost all my summer makeup tips involve controlling and preventing an oil slick. I can’t wait to read the rest of the tips, though.

I’ve been loving Urban Decay’s new setting spray in all-nighter for making my makeup last longer. Have you tried any of them?

I wear (at most) eye makeup, blush and bronzer. Because I have long days, I usually slap on soome UDPP and I’m all good. If I really need everything to stay, I’ll put some of MAC’s blot powder on before and after I apply the blush/bronzer and some shelaq after i’ve finished applying my eye makeup.

Well,whenever I want flawless eye makeup I use eyeshadow primer (UDDP or Art Deco) with Bisque eyeshadow on top. Sometimes I add Paint Pot in Painterly in between to even up the skin on my my lids.
I rarely use face primers though, I somehow feel as if my skin couldn’t breathe under something more than a foundation. :/

Hi there,

Do you ever use setting spray?

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for the combination skin of my face: “Smashbox photo finish foundation primer light”
A total WOW-product for me! My make-up lasts for so many hours with that and my T-zone is much less oily! Pricey, but the best one for me!
(For my eyes, I like MAC paint pots.)

Tinted moisturizer or colored(neutralizer) b4 applying foundation powder then setting it with HD powder seems to work well for me.

Definitely a primer, good foundation (I love Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk) and MAC Blot Powder. Don’t apply foundation on too thick as it will just slide off

My answer is the same as yours! In an ironic lucky way, I have dry skin so I never really have to use blotting powder during the day — even if it’s really hot. My makeup stays in place and I swear by paint pots for the eyes. I use NARS primer for my face =)

I only do setting powder (Laura Mercier translucent or Bare Essentials mineral veil). I do not use foundations or primers as they tend to clog my pores and I have pretty decent skin w/out them. But I am ok with powder only. If I do go out at night I usually do re-do my make-up fresh.

No matter how good a primer and setting powder are, I think you need to prep your skin really well in order for your makeup to stay on and look good all day. I always have to moisturize my skin first. A dime size amount of Cetaphil moisturizer for all skintype ( Super cheap, but somehow works better than any of the higher end products that I own. Then top it off with an even smaller amount of MONISTAT chaffing gel; I think it’s a great product to smooth over little bumps and pores on your face; concealer application is much more effortless, too. And ofcourse, UDPP for eyeshadow,and I alternate between La MER loose powder and MUFE HD powder ( is that what it’s called? lol)

Recently, I used UD de-slick mattifying gel and smashbox photo finish (original) as a base. Then I apply my foundation (MUFE Mat Velvet) or Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (the oil-free one) then set with Laura Mercier translucent powder. For eyes, I use UDPP. After I’m done with everything, I’ll set it with UD all nighter setting spray. It works great. Of course, I have my blotting sheet around.
I’m looking to try Smashbox photo finish light tho.

I start with clean and moisturized skin – I have really dry skin so if I don’t do this, foundation will flake. Prepped skin is essential so I’d say the first thing is a great skin routine. I LOVE L’Oreal Studio Secrets primer, it works really well on me. Then it’s concealer, foundation and a light dusting of powder. Still looking for a good eye primer though.

If you have oily eyelids and just wanna wear some eye pencil, I have a tip from preventing it from smudging (if you don’t have primer)
Use powder to set it! It will be a liittle bit less intense, but last way better 🙂
Atleast it works with Make Up Store’s eye pencil in Sparkling Beach

I’m pretty minimal – just making sure my skin is as smooth and even as possible, with a mask or an exfoliator once or twice a week as needed, then giving my moisturizer and eye serum plenty of time to absorb before I apply makeup (10 or 15 minutes). I’d like to eventually try Fix+, since I’m in love with MAC Mineral Blushes lately.

Also trying not to rub my face a lot – which is tricky sometimes 🙂

Benefit’s Dr.Feelgood, primer, and then setting powder after foundation. than its Becca pressed powder that i use to touch up my makeup during the day. I find that if i use blotting paper my skin tends to dry out and later produce more oil. I’m oily skin by the way

I moisturize rite after a shower..after it dries i apply a primer…let it dry apply my make up.and i mist fix+ or evian spray on my face throughout the day.

Setting foundation with a loose powder. Wearing creme or liquid blush under my powder blushes. Spraying everything with a setting spray (I love Jurlique Citrus Spray because it controls oil) so it all looks blended and natural.

For eyes, I like to use inexpensive eyeshadow most of the time so a primer is a must. I have dry lids so I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

This will take me from morning to night on a normal day. If dancing or any other sweat-inducing activity is involved, I throw in a face primer (Tarte Clean Slate), waterproof mascara and set my eye liner with a bit of black eye shadow.

Definitely layering stuff on. Moisturizer, Primer, then Foundation, and I can’t live without my Fix+! As far as eyes, I use UDPP as a base, and I also use an eyeliner sealer over my liner. My lips, lip liner does help and so does gloss, but I am too lazy to put on lipliner, and I don’t like the heavy feeling glosses give me over my lipstick no matter how sheer or thin they are. I just use MAC Lip Conditioner underneath so my lipstick applies nice and evenly.

For the eyes it’s all about UDPP for me. For my face it’s as simple as De Slick Makeup setting spray, before I apply foundation and to set it all after I do my setting powder (also important). It makes such a difference with my oily skin. I love it. I wish Sephora carried it, it’s really like the miracle product for my oil slick skin!

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