Do you apply your makeup in the morning, only to find it has vanished by lunchtime? All that work and for what? A bare face.

We brought in the expert to solve this mystery and lo and behold, it turns out that finding ways to make your makeup stick around from morning to night is actually an art. Yes, there are some top secret application tricks of the trade, and we’ve found ’em.

So, go bare no more. Take control of your look by following these pro tips from makeup artist and beauty expert Carmen Rachel. After this 3-step lesson, your makeup face will last until you decide it’s time to take it off.


3 ways to make your makeup lastAlways remember: If your skin stays adequately hydrated, it will not try to absorb your makeup. You’ve got oily skin? Hydration is equally important. You just alter your hydration regimen to suit your skin type. A gel based moisturizer is best suited to an oily skin type, while a creamier texture works best on dry skin.

Carmen’s top picks for moisture:

For Dry skin: Ole Henriksen Truth Revealed Super creme SPF 15

For oily skin: Biotherm Aquasource gel


3 ways to make your makeup lastYou may have heard about these before – and yes, the hype is real. These little primer wonders really DO work! Acting as a barrier between your skincare and makeup, your primer will do its job by making sure everything stays put. Keep in mind, though, that not all primers are created equal. Eye primers and face primers are very different products, and you should pair them for best results.

Carmen’s top picks for primers:

Face primer for dry skin: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Elixr

Face primer for oily skin: MAKE UP FOR EVER Microperfecting primer in Neutral 

Universal eye primer: MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye prime

Eye Primer with anti-aging benefits: Urban Decay anti-aging Primer Potion

PRO TIP: Less is more! A pea size amount of Face primer, and half a pea size of eye primer is all you need for your entire face and both your eyes.


3 ways to make your makeup lastTo keep your lips transfer-free and beautiful all day, try a cream lip stain for full, 10-hour colour. Or, layer a waterproofing liner beneath your favourite shade of lipstick to help it wear longer and decrease feathering.

Carmen’s top picks for lip longevity:

Lip Stain: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua rouge

PRO TIP: For hydration and staying power, apply a thin layer of the Aqua Rouge gloss before the colour. Your lips will stay hydrated, voluminous, and beautiful all day long!

Universal Lip Pencil, suited for every lip colour and skin tone: MAKE UP FOREVER lip line perfector

PRO TIP: If you prefer your lip liner with colour, the Aqua Lip pencils also come in a variety of beautiful shades. 

Featured Image Credit: Photo by Tiffany S.

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