With the start of wedding season this is a very common question I have been asked these last few weeks. It is not just brides who need their makeup to last all day, but if you are a guest at a wedding or going to a party, or even just want your makeup to last every day the below tips will help make this happen.
Firstly you must prep the skin – cleanse, tone and moisturise. You wouldn’t apply paint to a surface that has not been specifically prepped and the same is for makeup. You then want to choose a primer that suits your skin type, Laura Mercier has a great selection, if you find your skin gets oily quickly you will need a shine-free primer and if your skin is dry you will want one specifically for this, otherwise you will find the makeup will go flaky.
Next is foundation, I will do a blog post specifically on finding the perfect foundation for you, but one of the key points here is to always use a brush. This way you get an even layer, if you apply too much it will not last! You want to set the foundation with a powder, my favourite is MAC’s tranparent powder. Apply with a large, soft brush by gently patting all over. I also recommend taking the powder with you, in case you start to have shine later on in the day. Especially in the summer if it is hot or on a night out if you are hitting the dance floor.
For your eyes I recommend using waterproof liner and mascara if you know that they often smudge on you. Also make sure you powder enough around the eye area to stop the makeup from smudging. It is also very important to have a good base on the eyelids if you are applying shadow. I don’t tend to use a specific eye primer, but apply foundation and powder all over, this will stop the eye-shadow from creasing. Another must for the eye area are your brows. I apply my eyebrows first thing in the morning, I literally never leave the house without them on. I use Beautiful Brows and they are sweat-proof, waterproof and smudge-proof – I go to the gym with them done and they continue to look perfect.
Lips are the one thing you may have to touch up throughout the day, always try and make sure your lips are well moisturised before applying lipstick, but even so I would recommend taking a tinted lipgloss with you.
About The Author
Freelance make-up artist Becca wields her bronzing brushes on fashion photoshoots, behind the scenes at London and Paris Fashion Weeks, and for London and Surrey’s most stylish brides.