How To Make Your Makeup Last All Day

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One common question I still get from friends (and readers) is how to make makeup last all day. And if you are cursed with oily skin, you know exactly what I mean. You start out fresh only to look like a sweaty pig few hours later. You see my tips are nothing carved in stone; in fact some of you maybe doing it already. But in case you're still looking to solve your beauty dilemma, I hope this helps you.

Always start with a clean face. CTM or Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize. Then POSS.

1. Prime. Use an oil-free and non-comedogenic primer. The more multi-tasking a product is, the less product you pile on your face. bareMinerals Primetime is a primer and pore minimizer in one. MDSolarSciences Mineral Screen tinted gel SPF 30+ is a sunscreen, primer, and pore minimizer in one. 

2. Oil-free foundation. Choose a foundation that is lightweight, oil-free, and preferably with matte finish. Again, the more multi-tasking a product is, the the less crap you pile on your face. Ergo, your skin breathes better. tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hr full coverage foundation has SPF 15. Hourglass Immaculate liquid foundation dries to a matte powdery finish.

3. Set. Set liquid foundation or concealer with powder. Again, choose something that is light and non-comedogenic. Lightly dust powder over your face. One or two rounds should be enough or you end up looking cakey. My recent go-to is Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder.

4. Spritz. Once you're done with your face (blush and bronze if you must), spritz makeup setting spray about 6 inches away from your face.  In my experience, a toner works just as good as a makeup setting spray like Skindinavia. I prefer to use rosewater to give me a very mild dewy finish.

Apply mascara and lippy. #fin

Do you have any tricks to share?



  1. I have pretty oily skin, so these are all important steps for me. Recently I've discovered the Skindinavia setting sprays, which are rather wonderful

  2. I'm somewhat new to makeup but should you spritz before doing your eyes and lips at all?

    1. yes you can Alicia. I like to alternate, before and after eye makeup. Just make sure that you spritz away and/or avoid wetting the mascara or it'll smear. thanks for stopping by!

  3. I agree with the toner - I've been using witch hazel and its been helping a ton!

    1. i like witch hazel, it controls oil! thanks for stopping by Brittney

  4. Wow, I've never even heard of primer of setting spray. I guess I've been doing it wrong all these years! Wouldn't the spray make your face look wet?

  5. Those are all great tips you shared with us
    I am from the Beauty Blogazons


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