All the good intentions in the world can’t hold your make up in place. Have you ever started off a day carefully applying your makeup only to find it smearing by lunchtime? That can be a frustrating experience and make you wonder how celebrities manage to wear their make up all day without their eyeliner smudging or their mascara running.

Long-lasting make up is a cosmetic trick that can be easily learned and applied. No one wants to look like a sad clown an hour after applying products to their face. There is nothing more confidence killing than the fear that your eyeliner has turned your eyes into a contestant in a raccoon look-alike contest. So what can be done to create a make-up application that makes you feel fearless, not fearful?

One tip is to keep the oils and moisturizers to a minimum. Excessive oils can make foundation slip and that will be catastrophic. Any makeup layered over the foundation will not have a grip, which means smudges, smears, and the need to reapply at awkward intervals throughout the day. If your skin needs moisturizing, pretreat your face with a hydrating product. There is a difference between moisturizing and hydrating. Moisturizing is basically only skin deep. Hydrating goes deeper in order to rejuvenate cells. The deeper hydration prevents slipping and smearing of subsequent cosmetics.

Once you’ve got your face all dolled up and looking glamorous, you can use a setting spray. A good setting spray will keep your make up in place and prevent it from looking like a half-melted plastic mask. If you live in a hot and humid environment, a setting spray would be especially beneficial.

Eyeliner can be notoriously ornery. Smearing and smudging seem to be eyeliner’s favorite trick. One strategy for overcoming this innate flaw in the product is to try a color on the color method of application. If your favorite cobalt blue eyeliner has proven to smudge after a short time, then try applying a little cobalt blue eye shadow over it. Another strategy is to go for a clean lid look. Cream color eyeliner has the benefit of perking up your eyes but not being obvious if it smears. Unlike its flashy counterparts, white or cream color eyeliner will be demure but flattering.

Another great cosmetic product is waterproof makeup. The waterproof won’t only protect against tears and sweat. It will also help prevent smearing and smudging caused by the natural oils produced by your body. There are a plethora of products available.

Buy products that have the description “long-wear” on the label. Like waterproof products, these are designed to have more commitment than your last boyfriend. Long-wear products are great if you live in a humid place. Anticipating some very long days? Stay looking great with long-wear makeup.

There is no need to fear a long day, humidity, or natural oils. Your makeup can stay on all day and then some. Long-lasting makeup is possible with the right products and application methods.

Long Wearing Make-Up