There is nothing worse than looking in the mirror at the end of the day (or the end of a sweaty Beyoncé dance floor session) to find the makeup you spent an hour (or hours) applying has slid off your face. I've tried and tested countless products and have a few tips and tricks along with my favourite products to ensure your makeup will stand the test of time...
Skin preparation aka moisturising and priming is key before applying your foundation, as it stops your skin from eating up all your makeup and creates the ideal surface. Personally I like to prep my skin with a little lightweight moisturiser, I've currently been reaching for Origins GinZing Moisturiser, or Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Once applied I like to let it skink in, otherwise my makeup has the tendency to slide around my face. More often than not I find moisturising alone is enough, but sometimes I like to add a primer. Primers can luminise, minize pores, mattify, add longevity, create a smoother surface and is a must have in any makeup bag. Some of my favourites include; Clarins Flash Beauty Balm and Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector.
It's time to push your sheer bases to one side and opt for something with a fuller coverage. I highly recommend L'oreal Infallible 24H Foundation not only does it offer a quality long lasting finish it only costs £9.99! When it comes to applying my foundation I like to take my time and build my base by applying light layers and I then blend, blend, blend, blend (or bounce, bounce, bounce) like there is no tomorrow to secure it into my skin. I like to use a damp beauty blender to apply my foundation as it gives a flawless, smooth and even finish. For concealer, I can't get enough of Urban Decay's Naked Concealer and I like to apply it with either a damp beauty blender or my fingers. But remember to pat, do not drag!
Applying a light dusting of loose powder is one way to ensure your makeup will last. It stops your base from transferring and helps set it in place. You can pass the powder if you have dry skin, but if you have combo/oily skin this is essential. Powder can change the colour of your foundation, settle into fine lines and can often be a little drying, so I like to opt for a translucent loose powder. Loose powders are a sheerer, fall into fine lines and there is no fear of it changing colour. I like to apply a light dusting to the centre of my face avoiding the outer edges, as I don't want to disrupt my highlighter, or any natural radiance. My favourite loose powders are MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and Makeup For Ever HD Powder.
Facial setting sprays help prevent that dreaded makeup meltdown and are pretty revolutionary. A little like hairspray for the face (dare I say I used to spray my face with hairspray back in the day!), setting sprays are facial mists that can be sprayed before, during and after makeup application. My all time favourite setting spray is the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. It's lightweight and really does lock down my base. Another firm favourite is MAC Prep + Prime Fix+, which works like magic at taking that powdery "I've applied too much makeup" look away.