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Today I will share my secrets on how I keep my makeup pretty much intact throughout the day. But before I spill the deets, let me quickly show you how my typical morning goes (by the way, I work 6 days a week):
Wake up at 7:02 am. Yeah, those extra two minutes are precious!
Between 7:05- 7:30am. I feed my furry baby, drink my coffee, check emails and social media.
Okay, sometimes I stretch it to 7:45am if I need to answer several emails.
At 7:50am, by hook or by crook, I should be finished with my morning skincare. (I bathe at night to save me time in the morning).
By 8:00am, I should be at least half-way done with makeup.
Sometimes, I get so caught up with freakin’ cat eyes I extend to 8:10am.
If I need to take photos for FOTDs, I give myself another 5 minutes.
Regardless, I should be out of the house by 8:30am.
Then back home in the evening and resume my domestic diva duties.
If you read my mind, I’m just telling you that I wear makeup average of 10-12 hours a day.
Another revelation. I hardly retouch my makeup at work except to re-apply lipstick after lunch. For someone who lived most of her adult life struggling with oily skin, you bet makeup meltdown is a downer. But thanks to face and eye primers, my life is never the same again (OA I know, haha!).
So what are my secrets then? I have done several posts on how to make your makeup last but basically, you only need to do 5 things:
1. Clean canvass. Makeup applies better when you have a clean face. CTM. Cleanse, tone, moisturize. Use products that are intended for your skin type. Salicylic acid and witch hazel are good in controlling oil and shine.
2. Prime face and eyes. Dimethicone-based face primer does a good job of blurring visible pores. It’s not for everyone but I had good experience with it. To make eyeshadow last, use eye primer sparingly, a pea size amount is usually enough for both lids. For additional staying power, layer with eyeshadow base.
3. Wear long-wearing foundation meant for your skin type. Opt for oil-free formulation if you have oily skin.
4. Set makeup with finely milled face powder. Dust lightly over face with kabuki or fluffy face brush.
5. Finish with makeup setting spray.
Have you heard of Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex($25.99, 1.7 fl oz/ 50ml)? It’s a primer, moisturizer and anti-aging product in one! Dermatologically-tested and non-comedogenic, the cashmere-soft formula gives skin a satin finish. It blurs open pores and does a good job of hydrating my skin. I’m all about multi-tasking because it saves me time and money.
WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, glycerin, POLYETHYLENE, niacinamide, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, dimethicone, STEARYL DIMETHICONE, propylene glycol, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, panthenol, PALMITOYL PENTAPEPTIDE-4, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) FLOWER/LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ALANINE, ARGININE, BETAINE, GLYCINE, LYSINE, PROLINE, SERINE, THREONINE, GLUTAMIC ACID, SODIUM PCA, SORBITOL, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, SUCROSE POLYCOTTONSEEDATE, allantoin, petrolatum, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 DIMETHICONE, CETYL RICINOLEATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PEG-100 STEARATE, PEG- 10 DIMETHICONE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, FRAGRANCE, RED 40, BLUE 1.VITAMIN B3 †PRO-VITAMIN B5, AMINO-PEPTIDE VITAMIN E, GREEN TEA
Another must-try is Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo ($15.99). The eye cream is lightweight and gets absorbed onto the skin pretty quickly. I don’t have pronounced crows feet yet so I can’t vouch for its anti-wrinkle property. The lash serum is my favorite. It’s not a mascara or growth serum but one thing is noticeable, my lashes look a bit more spread- out and thicker after one week of regular use (day and night). Just a reminder though, you have to let it dry for a few minutes before applying mascara or you end up with clumpy lashes. So my suggestion is to apply this serum to your lashes right after skincare, then do your face makeup, apply eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, lipstick, and finally a coat or two of your favorite mascara.
MICRO SCULPTING EYE CREAM INGREDIENTS:
WATER, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, glycerin, niacinamide, dimethicone, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, POLYETHYLENE, panthenol, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, tocopheryl acetate, ACRYLAMIDE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE COPOLYMER, titanium dioxide, TRIETHANOLAMINE,dimethiconol, PALMITOYL PENTAPEPTIDE-4, PEUCEDANUM GRAVEOLENS (DILL) EXTRACT, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, DMDM HYDANTOIN, allantoin, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, LAURETH-7, LAURETH-4, SODIUM PEG-7 OLIVE OIL CARBOXYLATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PEG-100 STEARATE, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE, MICA.
LASH SERUM INGREDIENTS:
WATER, ALCOHOL DENAT., TRIETHANOLAMINE, CARBOMER, TRISODIUM EDTA, IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA, POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, METHYLPARABEN, GLYCERIN.
What about you, any makeup secrets you wanna share with me?
FTC Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Olay through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Serum Duo and Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex, all opinions are my own.