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6 Tricks to Make Your Makeup Last All Day

Say goodbye to mid-day touchups, and hello to fresh looking makeup all day– without splurging on long-wear products. From ‘baking’, to putting blush on your lips, here are 6 simple tricks to lock in your look from work to date night.

1. Primer
Apply a primer to your face after moisturizing, and before foundation. Primer keeps your makeup from being absorbed into your skin, and will hold everything in place all day. You can also use an eyelid primer to help lock in your eyeshadow. 

2. Add Water
If you use a beauty blender or sponge to blend your foundation, you’ll want to dampen the sponge before. This’ll keep your foundation on your face, instead of being absorbed by the sponge. If you blend with a foundation brush, give your face a light spritz of water before blending, to achieve the same goal. When you apply your concealer, blend out and up (rather than down) using a damp sponge to prevent creasing. 

3. Baking
You’ll want to set your foundation and concealer with a translucent setting powder. This is a process called “baking”.  Take your powder (baby powder works too, if you don’t have any) and just pat -don’t rub- it over the oily parts of your face: forehead, chin, nose. You’ll also want to set your under eye, but apply the powder using your damp sponge instead, to prevent creasing. Let everything sit for about 5 minutes, while the heat of your skin absorbs the powder and locks everything in. Using a medium-sized brush, go ahead and dust everything off. From here, you can add the rest of your face makeup as normal. 

4. Eyeliner & Lashes
Opt for a liquid eye-liner for longer wear. For extra smudge insurance, set your liner using a small brush and a matching, powdered eyeshadow.
Eyelashes: To hold a curl to your eyelashes all day, take your blow dryer to your lash curler for about 5 seconds. Wait another 5 seconds or so, until the curler is warm and not hot. Then go ahead and curl your lashes, following up with some waterproof mascara.

5. Lips
After applying your lipstick, set it with a couple coats of a similar shade of blush to keep your color from bleeding. 

6. Setting Spray
This is like hairspray for your face. Once you’ve finished your entire makeup look, spray the setting spray about 6 inches away from your face. To avoid leaving any spots, fan your face immediately afterward.



Laura is the host of What’s Up Moms Style & Beauty series and the mom to two girls (6 & 4), two step-sons, and dog mom to one BooBoo. After her dream of being a midwife fell through (she fainted in a friend's delivery room), she enrolled in makeup school and learned some pretty awesome tricks along the way.