Love List

12 October 2016

If you have clicked onto this blog post it's because, like myself, you struggle with making your makeup last longer than a few hours.

Having oily skin means that by the time I've even left the house, my foundation/concealer/whatever else is on my face is already sliding off. I have struggled SO BADLY with coming home from work and seeing the state that my face is in after wearing make up all day. It's usually completely disappeared from my nose, towards my cheeks, my forehead and it all just looks patchy and, well, pretty nasty!

Now, through a lot of trial an error, I have finally managed to get my makeup routine to a place where I know it will last at least throughout a night out, maybe even a whole day at work! So, if you are one of these people that struggle with long lasting makeup, carry on reading!

First things first, I cannot stress the importance of making sure that you wash your makeup off every night before going to bed! I used to be one of those people that wouldn't be too bothered if I fell asleep with my make up on, and this is one of the worst things to do for your skin! That baby needs to breath! Imagine all the nasty stuff that's settling into your pores over night, and how gross you'll feel when you wake up in the morning!
I know it can be a pain if lets say you've been out with your friends for a few drinks, and maybe it's been a late one, and all you want to do is crawl into bed! But in this case, just try and have some make up wipes spare to get everything off your face before you fall asleep! Or maybe nicely ask your boyfriend/girlfriend if you're too drunk to do it yourself, because lord knows we've all been there....

Nivea Men's Post Shave Balm (pick this up here) / L'oreal's Lumi Magique Primer (pick this up here)

Now, after you've done your normal morning routine of washing your face, cleansing, toning etc. The most important step to getting that longer lasting make up, is primer.

My current go to's, are the Nivea Men's Post Shave Balm (yes you read that correctly) or L'Oreal's Lumi Magique primer. 
It's important to use anything with glycerine in, as this is what will help your makeup pretty much stick to your face throughout the day, and also, anything that is pore minimising will help you achieve that flawless looking finish!
I have definitely noticed that without using primer, my makeup only lasts maybe a couple of hours at the most, and it definitely looks a lot messier!

L'Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation (pick this up here)

Next, is foundation. Now, I'm still on the lookout for the ride or die, go to, holy grail foundation (so if you have any recommendations, please leave some in the comments below!).

The one I'm currently using is the one pictured above, L'Oreal Infallible 24 hour matte foundation.
Now, any foundation that states that is is an all day wearing one, should usually be your go to when it comes to wanting a better coverage and longer lasting foundation, but that doesn't necessarily mean that all of them will actually last this long.

As for the one pictured above that I am using, this is great for oily skin, as it has a matte finish, which means my face doesn't get all shiny until very late into the night and/or day (depending on what occasion I'm wearing this for). If you have dry skin I would not recommend this, as matte foundations can stick to the dry patches on your skin, I'd instead go for something that is actually targeted more towards normal-dry skin.

Foundation is definitely a trial and error area when it comes to finding the perfect one for yourself, so on this step, I'd recommend simply reading up on reviews of different brands, watching youtube videos, asking the staff in stores like boots/superdrug etc. and then simply trying them out for yourself. However, I will advise to go for one that is targeted towards being 24 hour plus wearing, as these tend to be the best when it comes to getting your makeup to last longer.

LA Girl PRO Conceal HD concealer (pick this up here) / Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (pick this up here)

This step is also a biggie. Concealer! Now, this is great for applying in the 'T Zone' and under the eye area. Not only will it brighten up your face, but it will also help add a bit more product to those areas where your makeup is more likely to fade from during the day/night!

When looking for a concealer to purchase, I'd say to try and buy one that is more of a fuller coverage, and easily blend-able if you're after one for longer lasting makeup. 

The ones I use are either LA Girl's PRO Conceal HD concealer, or Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer.
Both of these are so so affordable, and they both work so well! I will say that I tend to pick up the LA Girl one more often, as it does have a better finish and longer wear, but their both extremely good, and rival high end concealers too!

RCMA No Colour Powder (pick this up here)

This last step is the one I definitely want to stress to you guys the most! Setting powder!

Now of course, there are so so many setting powders on the market, and so so many setting sprays too! You can try any of these and they will probably make a huge difference to how long your makeup lasts. They are just that extra bit of protection to help your make up stay in place, and you can also pick up travel size settings sprays to use while you're out if it's going to be an especially long day!

I must say however, that I am a HUGE HUGE fan of RCMA's setting powder. If you have watched any youtube videos of any beauty guru's you may have seen this mentioned. It's amazing! And such a good price considering how much of this stuff you get and how long it lasts! I simply apply this under my eye area over my already applied and blended concealer and over my jaw line area, and maybe over my nose and forehead too if it's going to be an especially long day/night. Then, I simply let it sit there for around 5-10 minutes while I do my eyebrows and eyeliner, and then I sweep it off with a brush.

This stuff has definitely helped my makeup last SO much longer, and is now my holy grail when it comes to setting powders!

That's it for this post! What are your top tips for longer lasting makeup? Did I miss anything out? Let me know in the comments below! 

And, as always, stay peachy guys x

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