Living in a hot and humid climate, I know a thing or two about long-lasting makeup. Namely, it's not easy looking fresh on a hot summer day. Over the years, I've accumulated some tips on how to prevent makeup meltdown during a long day, and there are some products that I rely on to make both my and my clients' makeup last.
First of all, primer is very important. If you're looking for an all-in-one type situation, I find that the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre is great for being both a moisturizer and a primer. I also really like Hourglass' Veil Mineral Primer (1), as it helps makeup stay put and doesn't break me out.
A setting spray is of the utmost importance. I always use Urban Decay's All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (2), and it has yet to fail me. A lot of people like to use Model in a Bottle, but the fragrance from that is really strong and just isn't my favorite. I swear by Urban Decay, though! Spray it once before you apply foundation, and then spray it again after your application. Your makeup won't budge.
Also important is a good, long-lasting foundation. Long-lasting foundations can be pretty heavy on the skin, so be sure to use a light hand with those kinds of foundations. Using heavy foundations on a daily basis can wreak havoc on your skin, so use them only for when you need it. One long-lasting foundation that feels light on the skin is Urban Decay's Naked Skin (3) foundation. It's a new favorite of mine, and it doesn't feel like you're wearing makeup.
After foundation (and concealer if you need it), it's important to apply powder to areas that tend to get oily. A favorite powder of mine to use is Palladio's Rice Powder (4), which is not only cost-effective, but it sets makeup beautifully. Apply the powder with a light hand, and press it onto the skin (don't swipe).
Of course, there's always the option of not wearing any makeup, but really, what fun is that?
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