Wearing makeup is always fun and creative. Until it’s practically smeared off your face from either the hot weather or your own sweat. Do you ever put on your makeup thinking, “Wow, this looks so amazing!” but a few hours later it looks messed up already? I don’t know about you, but I prefer my makeup to stay put throughout the day.
Here’s a foolproof step-by-step makeup routine that will help your makeup last all day long.
After you’ve already cleansed and moisturized your face, it’s time to put on some primer. This is one of (if not the most) important step to making your makeup last all day. Be sure to use a primer that is a match for your skin. For example, if you have dry skin, maybe don’t use the super mattifying primer because it’ll dry out your skin even more. Using a primer will make your face act as a flat canvas, so everything you put on will go on smoothly and stay on longer.
When you’ve let your primer set in, it’s time to move on to the foundation. It doesn’t matter if it’s liquid, stick, cushion, BB cream, or even just a powder; the foundation is the base of your makeup. Blend your foundation well and take as much time as you need do this. You want the foundation to look as much as your skin as possible. It’s also important to pick the correct shade as your neck. You don’t want your face and neck to have two completely different shades, do you? Take your time with this step.
Now that your face looks nice and even, it’s time to draw in your brows. We do this step after foundation because sometimes we can get a little carried away with blending, and we might blend some foundation on top of the brows. Since you haven’t done anything to the brows yet, it’s okay if that happens because here is where we fix it up! Use whichever brow tool you are comfortable with—pencil, wax, powder, etc. Never just jump in and draw out big lines. Be very light handed when filling in your eyebrows. You want to make light strokes in the same direction your eyebrow hairs grow, so it imitates these hairs as much as possible. The shade you pick for your brows should relatively match your own hair color. It would be odd if you had brown hair and blonde eyebrow hairs, right?
Your eyebrows are a very important feature of the face. Having neat eyebrows versus messy and unkempt eyebrows can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your face. To keep these eyebrows you’ve just drawn in to last all day, you want to set them down with some eyebrow gel. This step will also let you control which direction you want your eyebrow hairs to stay in. The eyebrow gel can be tinted to whichever color your eyebrow is or simply clear.
If you are someone who wears eyeshadow, this step is important. Priming your eyelid will not only help make your eyeshadow last all day, but it will even sometimes help make your eyeshadow shades pop! A normal face primer will not work for this step. If you don’t want to go out of your way to buy primer only for your eyelids (I am the same way) then concealer works just fine. You put a little bit of the product on both eyelids, spread it evenly, and wait for it to try down.
After your eyelid primer has dried down, now you can add your eyeshadow. I’m not going to tell you exactly how to do this step because everybody does their eye shadow differently. This is where you can be creative. This step constantly changes for me daily. Some days I want super warm matte colors, other days I want glitter and glam, and there are times where I skip eyeshadow altogether. The type of eyeshadow and the way you create your eyeshadow is all up to you.
It’s important to do your eyeliner AFTER your eyeshadow. If you do your eyeliner before, the eyeshadow can sometimes cover up the eyeliner you put down. This is another step that is all up to the person doing it. If you want a large winged eyeliner, do it! If you want a super thin liner, do that! If you don’t even want to wear eyeliner at all, that’s fine too. If you do wear eyeliner and want it to last all day, I recommend choosing a waterproof one. Eyeliner is quite easy to sweat and smear off throughout the day, but waterproof eyeliner will stick to you like glue! If you do pick waterproof eyeliner, just know it’s a little more difficult to wipe off your face at the end of the day.
It’s time to curl your lashes and add on mascara. Adding mascara helps open up the eyes. Personally, I think this step is one of the most important for making the eyes look beautiful. To make your eyelashes look thick and long all day, I recommend waterproof mascara. Mascara easily comes off during a hot or busy day, and waterproof mascara will help remedy this. Waterproof mascara is even tear-proof, so even if you’re having a not-so-good day, at least you will still look beautiful! If you are someone who likes to wear false lashes, this is where you do it. But be sure to add a bit of mascara to the lashes beforehand so it helps blend with the fake lashes.
Adding concealer after you’ve done all your eye makeup is important for making your makeup look sharp. Sometimes we can get carried away doing our eye makeup, and the fallout from the eyeshadow or our mess-ups and smears can be easily fixed with some concealer. Just put a tiny bit of concealer on where you’ve messed up your makeup, and BAM it’s like it never happened! Putting concealer under your eyes can reduce the appearance of dark circles and brightens the face. This is also where you might put concealer on trouble areas like scarring or blemishes.
Now that we’ve concealed all of our mistakes and blemishes, it’s time to lock it all down. This is an important step for keeping your concealer exactly where you want it all day. Add any powder you prefer (loose, compact, translucent, tinted, etc.) to the areas where you’ve added concealer—under the eyes and on blemishes. This locks in your concealer to help it stay put all day.
If you are a person who likes to contour, you may chisel your face out now. This is another step where you can be pretty creative. Most people just like to contour in their cheeks for the appearance of higher cheekbones and a skinnier face. Some other people like to go above and beyond and even manage to contour their nose, neck, top of the head, and more!
Adding bronzer gives more warmth back into the face. All the concealer and foundation we’ve put on can make our faces look a little flat. Bronzer puts some dimension back into the face. You may put this anywhere you feel is needed.
To me, blush is one of the very first things that come off my face throughout the day. There is no easy way to help it stay put beside getting a decent blush. Because it tends to come off easily, don’t worry too much about packing a little bit more on. Personally, I think cream blushes last longer than powder blushes—try it out!
This is one of my all time favorite steps—it pulls the whole look together. Adding highlight can further accentuate the high points of your face like your nose, under your eyebrow, the tops of your cheekbones, and anywhere else you want to put this. To make my highlight last all day, I tend to layer them. Try using a soft highlighter first, then later add another one on top.
Now that your whole face is looking beautiful and perfect, you can now add any lip product you wish. This can be lipstick, lipgloss, chapstick, lip oil, anything! If you are using a type of lipstick (liquid, solid, matte, etc.) adding a lip liner will not only make your lips look more luscious, but it will help the lip product appear to last longer.
You may think that you’re done, but hold on! You’ve created such a masterpiece on your face, it would be a shame for it to smear away in a couple of hours. To help keep everything you’ve done in place, spray some setting spray all over. A couple pumps of spray should cover your whole face. This will lock everything in place and prolong the wear of the makeup. I personally believe it's a key part in making your makeup last all day long.
None of these steps are mandatory steps for your own makeup routine. Feel free to skip steps or even add steps to your own preference. Makeup is fun and creative and everybody has his or her own way of doing it!