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The last thing you want on Halloween is to have your full face of makeup that you spend an hour-plus working on melt, smear, smudge, run or fade off — that’s why you need the best long-wear makeup around. To keep your makeup in place — be it cat-themed, glitter-inspired or anything else — try these long-lasting makeup products, ahead. 

Halloween Must-Have #1: Primer

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Makeup Primer 

If you want your makeup to last, first and foremost you need to use a good primer. Makeup primer is like a foundation for the rest of your face — foundation, blush, bronzer and Halloween makeup included. We like the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Oil-Free Makeup Primer because it provides your complexion with a makeup-gripping base for extended wear, while also helping to refine the look of pores. 


Halloween Must-Have #2: Eyeshadow Primer 

Lancôme Prime It Boost It Eyeshadow Primer

Whether you’re creating a dramatic cat-eye or going full-on with illusion Halloween makeup, you don’t want your eyeshadow creasing or smudging. Use an eyeshadow primer to lay down a base for your eye looks and keep them looking fresh all night long. We like the Lancôme Prime It Boost It Eyeshadow Primer because it helps to enhance the pigment of your eye makeup while extending the wear for up to 14 hours.


Halloween Must-Have #3: Setting Powder

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder

An oily complexion can cause makeup to slide around or smear off after only a few hours. By setting your face with setting powder, you can help cut down on oil and keep your complexion looking smooth. We like Dermablend Loose Setting Powder — which comes in original translucent, cool beige and warm saffron — because it has a 16-hour hold and is transfer resistant (a must for heavy Halloween makeup).


Halloween Must-Have #4: Long-Wear Lipstick

NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream 

You don’t want to worry about reapplying your statement lippie all night long, which is why a long-wear lipstick is non-negotiable. We love the NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream because they’re available in 38 shades (including a few spooky options for Halloween) and don’t budge from your lips, no matter how much candy you consume. 


Halloween Must-Have #5: Waterproof Mascara

Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara 

No eye makeup look is complete without voluminous lashes. Put the finishing touch on your Halloween look using Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara. It’s waterproof formula keeps it from migrating on your face, so your cute cat makeup doesn’t turn into a racoon by the end of the night.


Halloween Must-Have #6: Waterproof Liner

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner 

Liquid eyeliner is essential for endless Halloween makeup looks — cats, mermaids, clowns, scarecrows, you name it. The requirements for your liquid eyeliner are simple: waterproof, highly pigmented and long-wearing. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner checks all of the boxes and even includes a wing stencil for application help. Psst, if you’re in need of costume inspo, pick up this Flash Cat kit that also comes with a cool witch stencil


Halloween Must-Have #7: Setting Spray 

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray  

When you’ve done every last step of your Halloween look, before you can head out the door it’s important to lock in your makeup with a setting spray. The Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray is formulated to extend makeup for up to 16 hours of wear without melting, fading or cracking. Just give your face a spritz (or three) and you’re done!


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