If there’s one contestant on The Bachelor with flawless makeup every week, it’s Ashley I. (Have you seen a woman with longer lashes?) When she got eliminated by Bachelor Chris in the most recent episode, her makeup didn’t budge—even through a face full of tears. Seriously, the girl knows a thing or two about makeup (she has her own beauty blog to prove it).
While you’re probably not tearing up on a daily basis (or fighting for the affection of a guy on network TV), making your makeup last even on a normal day can be a major challenge. Top makeup artists share their tried-and-true tips to ensure your face looks flawless in any situation.
Choose Skincare Strategically
When products don’t blend correctly, your foundation will slide right off, so it’s important to use a moisturizer with the same base as your foundation, says James Vincent, the director of artistry for Ardency Inn. “If I’m using a water-based foundation, I recommend a water-based moisturizer,” he says, with the same going for oil and silicone-based formulas. “Water doesn’t mix with oil, and water breaks down silicone.”
Primer Prep Is Key
A layer of primer creates a base for foundation to go on evenly, and it also fills in wrinkles and prevents the separation of makeup over the course of the day. “It creates a hold on your makeup by keeping moisture in place and allowing it to evaporate more slowly,” says Vincent. After moisturizer and before foundation, apply a silicone-free primer (ones with silicone tend to make skin look shiny), such as Ardency Inn Ultra Lightweight Skin Perfecting Primer ($34, ardencyinnstore.com).
Prevent Bleeding Lipstick
“Many times the lipstick bleeds because the moisture from the lipstick is spreading to a drier area of the skin,” says Vincent. That’s why he recommends using a heavier moisturizer around the lip area—he even uses under-eye cream—to prevent bleeding. Mashasin Philips, a pro artist for INGLOT Cosmetics, adds that a double layer of color—lip liner and then lipstick—will prevent both bleeding and fading.
Layer Eye Makeup
Start with a pencil or powder, then layer a creamy, denser eyeliner or shadow on top to set the color, like Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadow ($7, ulta.com), which comes in a wide variety of shades and has a cream-gel formula that doesn’t crease.
When it comes to mascara, your best bet is to start with a serum. “Using a lash serum combines lash-enhancing and conditioning benefits,” says Phillips. The more hydrated the lashes, the less likely they are to droop, he explains. Then layer a thickening mascara formula with a lengthening one, making sure that one of them is waterproof to fully lift your lashes and keep the look in place all day.
Set with Spray
“Setting sprays create a transparent satin film that ensure even coverage and protect the makeup to last throughout the day,” says Phillips. They also bring moisture to your face, allowing the skin to breathe. We like Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($30, sephora.com).
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