There is no secret to keeping your makeup as fresh as when you first applied it.
The truth is, if you want your makeup to look good all day, you either need to periodically check your face and do touch ups, or you need to start fresh and reapply. There are certainly things that you can do to help it last longer on your face, but your skin is a living breathing thing, that moves, gets touched, gets sweaty, gets oily, and so on. Even simple things like using your phone and eating are guaranteeing you a touch-up. Try to avoid touching your face as much as possible throughout the day, it keeps it cleaner and prevents your makeup from getting messed up for longer.
So many magazines, articles and ads try to tell you otherwise, and list off simple tips to staying flawless all day. But I find that it’s mostly irrelevant tips, or bs. I’m sharing with you the reality of makeup, which is that makeup is temporary. There is NO way to make it “stay.” The only solution is touch-ups/reapplying.
“How do you keep your makeup looking so flawless and last throughout the day?” So many girls ask me this question, and I figured I would share my secret for a flawless face . . . TOUCH-UPS!
Now, that I have shared this information with you, don’t freak out! It’s really very easy to do touch ups and reapply. It may seem like a hassle, but it’s just a necessary part of you making the choice to wear makeup. Even “long-wearing formulas” are still temporary.
If you wear a full face of makeup, the parts that you will most likely need to touch up most frequently are, your lips, and your foundation. Keeping a powder compact with a mirror and a lip color with you at all times, is not to difficult and can be kept in your purse.
Another way that I keep my makeup looking fresh, for example after a long day if I want to look fresh for a dinner date, I use a makeup wipe to clean off all of my foundation/powder on my face, leaving my eye makeup on. It is easy to just reapply lotion, foundation, concealer and setting powder and blush in only a few minutes to give my face a fresh look. Eye makeup tends to last longer on me, so I don’t have to touch up on it.
I like to use Comodynes Convenient Cosmetics Make-up Remover Sensitive & Dry Skin wipes from Trader Joe’s. They remove makeup well, and stay really moist.
I recommend keeping a few items with you in your purse or a tiny makeup bag. Whatever you think wears off the quickest, and will help you to look fresh is what you should put in it.
Here are some basic suggestions:
To-Go touch-up kit:
Pressed powder compact with a mirror in a translucent shade, or matching your skintone.
Small travel sized powder brush
Eyeliner (I recommend using a waterproof version so it doesn’t bleed or wear off, but if you love eyeliner, it’s a good idea to keep an extra pencil with you to touch-up with)
Blotting tissues (to remove oil and shine if you have oily skin)
Lip color (something that is easy to apply and natural looking for everyday) (Or that fun color you applied before leaving the house, throw that in your kit/purse)
Small container of concealer, or spare concealer (just in case those dark circles or zits start showing through your previously applied concealer)
I always keep some sort of mineral powder compact for touch ups because it gives great coverage to cover blemishes, to blend streaks, and blends well with the foundation I already have on. I use “Sandy Lane” by FRESH or Almost Poweder Makeup by Clinique in “04 Neutral”
Even during photoshoots, makeup artists are constantly doing touch ups to keep makeup and hair looking fresh, and they usually stay on set all day “just in case.” Unfortunately, we can’t all have our own personal makeup artist with us all day, so be your own personal makeup artist, touch up when you make a trip to the rest room, or whenever you have a minute and a mirror.