Who wants to spend the night staring in a bathroom mirror touching up red lipstick? Not you! Our expert reveals her top strategies for making makeup melt-proof so it lasts for the long haul.
For a perfect complexion all night, smooth on a skin primer such as L’Oréal Studio Secrets Anti-Dull Skin Primer and conceal blemishes or red spots with a cream concealer (try: TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer). Finish with a light dusting of translucent pressed powder.
Keep your brows in check
Mist hairspray lightly over a disposable mascara wand (available at most beauty supply stores), then gently comb it through your brows to keep hairs in place. “Perfectly groomed brows keep you looking fresh and polished all night,” says Meredith Baraf, a New York City-based celebrity makeup artist who has used this trick on Adriana Lima.
Waterproof your eyes
For long-lasting eye definition, Baraf recommends tracing a waterproof liner like Sephora Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner along the upper lash line. Next, quickly smudge the liner with a small angled eyeshadow brush dipped in a slightly shimmery powder shadow (try: Stila Eye Shadow in Black Cat). According to Baraf, “this will create a metallic, glistening lash line that won’t budge.”
Heat up your lash curler
“Heat your eyelash curler with a blow dryer for a few seconds before crimping lashes,” says Landy Dean, a makeup artist at the Marie Robinson Salon in NYC. “It will give you a stronger, longer-lasting curl.” Follow with two coats of waterproof mascara on both upper and lower lash lines.
Layer on the blush
It seems counterintuitive, but applying two different textures of a similarly-hued blush can make it last longer. “Use a cream or liquid version first to get a healthy sheen on your cheeks,” Baraf says. Then set the glow by dabbing a powder formula in the same color family right on top. “It prevents fading and sliding,” she says.
Prep your lips
“Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush or scrub to remove flakes,” Dean says. “The smoother they are, the better.” Apply a hydrating lip stain (try: Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstain), then top with a drop of clear or shimmering gloss. “The stain will last longer than regular lipstick,” Dean says. “And you can always reapply clear gloss without running off to the ladies’ room.”
What do you do to make your makeup last?