View Full Version : Making makeup last?

07-03-2004, 06:38 PM
How do you get makeup to last for a large part of the day, without needing frequent touchups? Even in cool weather I can't get my makeup to last more than a couple hours, at most. Before I start, I always wash my face with a facial soap, then use an astringent. Next comes the base stuff (concealer, foundation, etc), then everything else (eyeliner, lipstick, etc).

My guess is I'm either a) missing a step or b) not using good enough cosmetics ( I usually use drugstore-quality stuff...$25+ for just one thing is too costly when I'll use something three times before its supposed to be thrown away).

07-04-2004, 12:50 AM
Use a moisterizer before you begin, but make sure it's oil-free if your skin's oily. Once that's done use a concealer in areas that need extra coverage. Also apply concealer to lips and eyelids where you'll put your eyeshadow, this will make it glide on easier and keep it on longer. Then I'd apply foundation (I'd reccommend Estee Lauder's Double Wear it's 32.50, a bit pricey but it last around a year and you only need a little) and follow with powder.

My mom's a make-up artist and she knows how to get make-up to stay. I rarely need touch-ups throughout the day, but I'd check just to be sure. Once that's done, apply eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, etc. like normal. That should work.

Hope I helped. XD

07-04-2004, 09:33 PM
use a primer BEFORE the makeup
and use a makeup setting spray after application.

then your face won't be going ANYWHERE...

07-04-2004, 11:01 PM
You might want to look into some theatrical makeup if you have that much trouble. I know that most over the counter makeup has a lower amount of pigment in it, and wears off a bit easier. Theatrical makeup is made to stay on under hot lights and last through lengthy performances by actors, singers and dancers. And talk about concetrated! A cake of Ben Nye makeup can last for AGES!!! Try http://www.bennye.com for a catalog, or even see if through google/yahoo you can find online dealer for the line. Another good one is Joe Blasco or Mehan.

07-05-2004, 02:36 PM
Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I'll try out some of the things you all suggested, hopefully I'll have better results. I probably should clarify one thing in my original post - I'm not opposed to more expensive makeup because I don't think it'll last, but because I wear the stuff about 6 times a year, and I'd feel guilty for being indulgent when you're supposed to throw makeup out after X months because of bacteria and the like (and the idea of smearing bacteria all over my face makes me feel...quite icky, to say the least).

Another question though, the makeup primer and setting spray sounds very promising, but I've never heard of either product before. Where can I find some, and what brands should I look out for?

07-05-2004, 10:13 PM
may seem a bit off from your question

but benefit makes a waterproof.. basically sealant and your makeup stays... really well

i htink it's less than 20 or around there

07-06-2004, 05:58 PM
Something to keep your foundation looking fresh all day is to use blotting papers. Clean N Clear sells them. You just pat it all over your face, and it sucks up the oil. You can then reapply powder without it going on cakey because of the oil.
I'm just resigned to reapplying lip makeup all day. lol.

07-06-2004, 09:16 PM
I think there are probably a few things you need to examine:

- Are the products you are using right for your skin type?
If you have oily skin, using a moisturiser with more moisturising properties will disappear faster. Same with eye cream or whatever else you have on your face. If you don't get your skincare right, anything you put on top of it will just fade with it.

- Have you used the right base products?
As above, have you got the right foundation for your skin type? I don't believe primer is an absolutely necessary step, but I do feel it provides more 'grab' to make foundation stay. If you choose to use a primer, make sure you have the right one for your skin type also. If you have oily skin, a mattifier (like Chanel T-mat) would be a good alternative to primer.

Eye bases are something I do believe in. Paula Dorf and MMU make good ones. Cream to powder eyeshadows that 'set' are also good to use as base: MAC Paints, Avon Triple Benefit Eyeshadow, Maybelline Cool Effects. Apply powder eyeshadow on top of this to make it really last. Alternatively, you can use a mattifier (I use H20+ T-zone mattifier) on the eyelid and that works just as well.

- Are you layering?
In general, powder products last better than cream ones. If you had to go one or the other, go with powder. But, if you layer the cream product under the powder one, it will last extra long.

With lips, apply lipliner to the entire lip (not just the rim, fill your whole lip in). Apply lipstick with a brush over that, blot and reapply.
- Are you setting your makeup?
Unless you're using a powder foundation, all foundations should be set with loose powder. The way to get makeup to last the longest would be to use a powder puff to apply powder and not a brush. Lightly coat the puff with powder (rub it a bit to even it out) and apply to the face with a press on and roll off motion (do not swipe and rub). Then go over your face with a large powder brush to remove excess powder. As for setting spray - it depends on what type you are using, there are specially made sprays (like MAC Fix) for this purpose, but if you're using Evian or Rosewater (or just water) your makeup will fade faster.

Set all cream products with powder BEFORE putting on powder products on top, otherwise the colour will grab in places. Don't put cream products on after you've put on loose powder.

- Are you putting enough on?
It may simply be the case that you're not putting quite enough makeup on. Sometimes, makeup looks a bit heavy at first but fades a bit as your natural oils break through. Try putting on a little more and see if that helps.

07-07-2004, 11:49 PM
As for setting spray - it depends on what type you are using, there are specially made sprays (like MAC Fix) for this purpose, but if you're using Evian or Rosewater (or just water) your makeup will fade faster.

Just to disclaim.. MAC Fix+ isn't meant to "fix" makeup at all. It's a lightweight spray moisturizer - even the product manual describes it as such. It has no ingredients in it to "set" your makeup.

07-08-2004, 10:49 PM
^.^ Oh wow. Thanks for all the helpful ideas, I'm definately going to have to experiment and find out what works well for my skin, but it sounds like I shouldn't have as much of a problem as I did before *hopes*

07-08-2004, 11:38 PM
Hmm, I think archangeli is right about MAC Fix+. I had thought it would be a more accessible one to get ... in any case, you could try Kryolan Dermacolor Fixing Spray or Ben Nye Final Seal Spray - but unless you're doing some serious makeup, these are pretty heavy-duty products. I highly suspect they share more than a little in common with hairspray. Be careful not to get any in your eyes.