Tips for Keeping Makeup in Place

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One of the worst reoccurring tragedies in a lady’s day is when she crosses her reflection only to notice that her bomb brow game, fab winged liner, and creaseless concealer didn’t last through the day. Unfortunately, this happens to far too many women, far too often. Fortunately, we’ve done our due diligence regarding the tricky makeup topic. In doing so we’ve come across a handful of pro-recommended tricks and tips for keeping makeup in place all day. Check ‘em out!

Start Fresh
We’re going bring this all the way back to high school chemistry and remind you of a detail that you’ve known for years: oil and water don’t mix! Whether you like it or not, your face sweats throughout the day, especially in the humid and hazy summer months. As all of this sweat evacuates your pores, it pulls the natural facial oils out with it. It is for this very reason that it is imperative that your face has been freshly washed and dried, prior to applying any cosmetic, if you want the makeup to last. Of course, after you’ve washed your face is it well worthwhile to use a toner and, at the very least, a lightweight oil-free moisturizer. Once you’ve let the moisturizer sink into the skin for a few minutes, your skin will be ready to go.

Prepare with Primer
A well-trained artist seldom begins a work of art without prepping and priming the surface first. Treat your face like the canvas, which you are about to paint a masterpiece upon. Prep your face with a high-quality oil-free primer that soothes and softens your skin.

Outlaw Oil-Ridden Products
There’s no reason to apply oil-ridden products when there are so many oil-free options on the market. Opt for oil-free foundation and concealer whenever possible. Also, keep in mind that it is better to apply foundation, concealer, and the like in light thin layers, building up coverage as needed, rather than applying one thick layer, as this will  prevent the overdone and caked-on makeup look. Further, many women easily loose sight the fact that all other cosmetics (e.g. blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara) are manufactured with and without oil. If you take a bit of extra time looking into product ingredients, you’ll find out whether a specific product is in fact formulated with oil. If you aren’t interested or don’t have the time to look into product details, the best way to be sure you’re using oil-free makeup is to use a waterproof formula.

Let it Set, Seal it In
The same way that a fresh manicure is sealed with a topcoat, your just-applied makeup should be sealed with a translucent finishing powder. This will blur any makeup that looks uneven, as well as remove excess oil.

Resist the Urge to Touch
Taking into account all each of the tips previously listed, this will likely be the most difficult tip to follow. As hard as it can be, it is so important to resist every urge you have to touch your face. If you have one of those itches that you just can’t ignore, bunch up a tissue in your fingers and gently tap it on the itchy area.

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