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Unread 02-05-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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How to stop makeup fading?

I have pretty severe scarring, redness and some acne on my face. I look okay when I have the makeup on -despite still seeing the bumps from the acne- but after a little while the makeup tends to really fade and my scarring shows up.

Is there any way to make the makeup last longer on my face as sometimes I receive photos back only to see my scarring there just faded and I'd like not to have to worry about it.

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Unread 02-05-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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It's about face care

Make sure to wash and moisturize your face (there are moisturizers that don't make your face oily if you have oily skin ) every day and exfoliate at least once a week (I like St. Ive's Apricot Scrub )

Before you put on makeup, moisturize and give it time to sink in (moisturize then do your hair/wig? .) Then use a facial primer - this gives the makeup something to stick to and makes it last longer. If you're using liquid foundation/concealer, make sure to cover it with a translucent/skin tone powder - This also sets the makeup and keeps it from going anywhere.

If you DO have oily skin I'd invest in some blotting paper - using these throughout the day will keep your makeup from smearing or coming off.

I hope this helped
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Unread 02-05-2013, 02:41 PM   #3
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I have very dry skin actually, which tends to make the makeup look quite bad, too. ^^;

I usually put on my acne medication first, then primer and then go over with foundation and finish with a finishing powder. I just have a habit of touching my face a lot without realising which I think is the reason the makeup starts to come off. I also try to use a concealer stick but it doesn't seem to do much.

I don't moisturize before I put on makeup so I'll buy some moisturizer and do that, thank you.
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Unread 02-05-2013, 04:38 PM   #4
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Make sure your moisturizer and foundation are compatible. Like if you have a water based moisturizer, an oil based foundation will just be repelled and slide off your face. There are also setting sprays you can buy to help them last. I've never used them since my Sephora is kind of far but a lot of people say great things about Skindinavia and Urban Decay (which are the same thing---Urban Decay setting sprays by Skindinavia.)
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Unread 02-05-2013, 04:40 PM   #5
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also look into costume foundations as they will last longer
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Unread 02-05-2013, 05:15 PM   #6
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I use No 7 calico foundation for my skin. Not sure if that is oil or water based foundation. I saw my local boots was having a match foundation to your skin where it scanned it and then you got the right foundation that way.
I'm a total newbie when it comes to makeup as I prefer not to wear it other than for cosplaying.

I'll look into the setting sprays, thank you.
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Unread 02-05-2013, 05:44 PM   #7
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Another option is a setting spray:


Doesn't necessarily have to be that brand (look at reviews for a few and find one you like) but these are suppose to lengthen the life of your makeup.
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Unread 02-05-2013, 08:17 PM   #8
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Thank you so much. I'll have a look around.
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Unread 02-05-2013, 10:06 PM   #9
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I second the setting spray.

As someone who not only wears makeup daily, but also as the head of makeup of a theater group... I can give a few more pointers!

Setting your makeup with loose powder is very important. I also have lots of acne scarring. The liquid foundation I put on my face covers all my acne, but if I don't "set" it, it will fill into my scars, fade, and just look bad in general. Almay makes a nice loose setting powder that is not too expensive. It comes in a large jar. Apply with a blush brush (e.l.f makes one that is only $1, available at Walmart, Target, or drugstores).

The other thing I do is I wear primer. Primer seems to help a lot, however, most do tend to break me out. I am still searching for a brand that will keep my makeup perfect but not cause me to have more acne. The best one I've found so far is by Mary Kay and it comes in a pink tube. My face reacts the least amount to this primer. I am quite happy with it. It works well.'

OR... Covergirl's brand new 3 in 1 foundation (available nationwide at Walmart, drugstores, etc) that just came out is amazing. It has a primer built in and makes my skin look flawless. I still have to "set" it with powder but it's totally worth it.

If I think of anything else, I'll post here. Finding makeup that works for you is a lot of trial-and-error. Can't stress enough that you don't need expensive makeup for it to work.

Good luck!

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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:11 PM   #10
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Yeah, primer, setting spray, and as the post above, I recommend the new Covergirl's 3 in 1 foundation. It lasts for hours without sliding.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 09:29 AM   #11
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I second everything that's already been said - primer, moisturiser, powder etc. However, have you considered that you might need to try a different foundation? No 7 by Boots might not have the best coverage that you're looking for.
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