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How To Make Your Makeup Last

Our fave. makeup artist extraordinaire Amelia Singson is back and sharing her tips to help make your makeup last all day! Over to you Amelia. 

PREP YOUR SKIN!

Preparation is key when it comes to makeup that survives anything and everything the day throws at you. Always make sure your skin is clean and well moisturised before even thinking about putting on that makeup.

TRY: MAC LIGHTFUL C MARINE BRIGHT FORMULA SOFTENING LOTION - $45.00

One favoured backstage at Fashion Week for getting dehydrated models faces back in tip top condition (all those fancy uber-cool after parties really do take their toll…). This hydrating water is the bees knees when it comes to getting rid of dry, flaky skin and adding the ultimate boost of moisture. Either press it into clean dry skin with your hands or soak a cotton pad in it and let sit for a minute and those extra flaky bits just dissolve!

PRIMER

The way I look at primer is as a sometimes step. An actual priming product isn’t always necessary on my own skin or some of my clients because I believe that maintaining a strict skincare regimen is the best primer. However, I know that sometimes we do need a little extra help in which case I’ve picked my three favourite primers that are my go-to’s for foundation that stands the test of time. 

TRY: HOURGLASS VEIL MINERAL PRIMER SPF15 - $54.00

Lightweight, water-resistant, added sun protection and oil-free to boot! I love this primer for all skin types because it hydrates just enough without making the skin oily, it smooths out pores and fine lines without that icky silicone feeling and sits beautifully, even on textured skin. It adds more longevity to your makeup without all the synthetic baddies because its oil, fragrance, paraben and gluten free! AND VEGAN!

TRY: M.A.C. PREP+PRIME SKIN REFINED ZONE - $35.00

My holy grail for faces prone to that lovely oil-slick, models shooting all day in the sun and all the babes who just love, love, love a matte finish. This little tube of wonders is a thin gel that hides pores and controls oil, with the added bonus of gentle micro-exfoliation! It can be used under or over makeup for those who need a little touch-up too. Amaze.

TRY: STILA ONE STEP CORRECT - $36.00

I love this primer for many reasons. It hydrates, it colour corrects three different ways, smooths out and cools the skin but my favourite thing about it… it looks really, really cool. The colourful swirl is not just a gimmick, each colour actually does something. Green helps reduce redness, lavender counteracts sallow tones and the peach brightens skin whilst reducing dark spots and pigmentation. Triple whammy.

POST FOUNDATION

Some of us don’t need to, or feel the need to wear concealer, which is totes fine. But in case you do or want to or want to be convinced...allow me to introduce my favourite concealer in the whole world!

TRY: M.A.C. PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER - $38.00

This glass bottle has gotten me through weddings with 2am starts (yes, I know); beach shoots with models on sweltering days, submerging themselves in the ocean, and even getting rained on and guess what? THEIR FACES ALWAYS STAY ON. I am obsessed with layering this waterproof, liquid concealer over whatever foundation/tinted moisturiser/BB/CC cream for its bulletproof ability to withstand all the elements but also for brightening under the eyes like nobody’s business (use a small fluffy brush to apply!) No need to use powder.

TRY: URBAN DECAY ALL-NIGHTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY - $49.00

The ultimate in finishing sprays. It's light as air, has a soft focus finish and uses cutting-edge technology to lower the skins temperate to ensure your foundation, blush, eyeshadow…everything stays in place! So cool! Haha.

Sixteen hour wear and few spritzes is all you need for it to lock in your look for the day/night. YAS.

Images: MAC, Mecca, Sephora; Words: Amelia Singson

Tell us, do you have any tips for helping your makeup last all day?

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