Whether you prefer a natural or glamorous look, one thing you're going to look for either way is a long-lasting formula. The secret to long-lasting makeup isn't just in the formula but in the application process. The right routine will keep your makeup from becoming a melty mess by lunchtime. After applying that budge-proof makeup and after a long day at work or school, the last thing you want to struggle with if removing that long-lasting makeup. As convenient as they may be, we all know that sleeping in makeup is an absolute no-no (read more here), but how can we ensure we've taken off the last traces of the long-lasting formula as well?
- Skin Prep: Make sure to properly prep your skin. Skin prep holds your makeup tight. Remember, we all get greasier as the day goes by, so find products that aren't too heavy or rich. Look for a lightweight moisturizer and eye cream.
- Prime Time: Love this tip, do not skimp or skip. Primer or BB cream will allow your makeup to last all day long and will ensure your makeup doesn't fade or crease.
- Set It: Another step you cannot forget. Make sure to set it all in place with a translucent powder. This step is super important because if you choose to skip it, you will end up with a streaky finish.
- Mascara: Layer waterproof mascara on top of your regular formula to make your mascara last longer and make it easier to remove at the end of the day. You read everywhere to put on two coats of mascara and a lot of time to apply translucent powder in between to thicken the lashes. What they don't tell you is to use two different formulas. Waterproof formula is great at holding a curl and keeping your mascara from smearing throughout the day but because it's so difficult to remove, applying a normal mascara first and finish with a coat of waterproof mascara.
- Lips: Long-lasting lip color is all about layering. Make sure to moisturize your lips before the makeup application process so when you're ready to focus on your lips, you can blot the rest of the grease off while still keeping your lips soft and kissable. Use a waterproof lip liner to keep the lipstick in place and not bleed outside your lip line.
Now, Remove It! You did it, you're makeup lasted all day. You just got home and ready to get in bed but you have to remove it all. How do you do so gently, without causing wrinkles? Long wearing makeup removal is like cleaning a floor, you have to sweep before you mop. Start with a makeup wipe all over your face to get the first layer off.
- Skin: Opt for a cleansing milk or face oil. Apply a dime sized amount onto your hands, then apply onto your skin using circular motions to cleanse. Follow with a bit of lukewarm water to allow the oil to turn into a milky emulsification. Rinse clean.
- Lips: That lasting lip color you created? Take away the stain using an oil based cleansing oil. This will strip away the color without removing the moisture your lips need.
- Eyes: The most important area, remember to be gentle. Using a round, flat cotton pad, drenched in some (oil-based) eye makeup remover, swipe away. Let it sit on your eyes for a few seconds so the formula can adhere to your makeup. Then gently rub in a circular motion to free the makeup from your eyes.