1. You keep touching your face
We know that touching our hair makes it greasy, so why do we sit at our desk and lean on our hands? The warmth of your hands, combined with the constant touching, breaks down your makeup. Not only that but it also spreads germs and can worsen acne, so rule number one…keep those hands where we can see them people.
2. You’re not blotting
Excess oil is usually the main reason for your makeup breaking down. If your skin is more on the oily side, you will know all too well the pain of looking in the mirror at 3pm, to see a beacon of shining light has taken over your face. Rather than re-applying makeup on top of grease, you need to blot to take away that excess oil, and we have found two products that we love for mattifying shine:
Benefit The POREfessional License to Blot, £15.50
This guy looks like a teeny Pritt Stick, but it’s actually an instant oil-blotting stick. Swipe this over any areas of shine for an instant matte finish. Pre-warning though, you might end up buying two, one for your desk and one for your handbag.
Beautyblender Blotterazzi, £16
If you use blotting sheets and end up with tiny pieces of greasy, screwed up paper in your bag, you might want to switch to this. We love the original Beautyblender for applying our foundation, but this new tool is actually a blotting cushion. It looks like a squashed Beautyblender, but the egg shape makes it easy to get into every contour of the face and soak up any excess oil and sweat (nice).
3. You’re using too many products
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If you’re applying moisturiser and foundation within 5 minutes in the morning, your makeup is going to slip right off. If you do apply moisturiser in the morning you need to give it time to sink in, before you apply your makeup. Personally, I skip moisturiser altogether in the morning because my oily skin doesn’t need it.
4. You’re using the wrong kind of foundation
As a beauty team, we are always trying different foundations. If a foundation breaks down on my skin by mid-afternoon I know it’s not the right one for me. If you have oily skin, look out for water based or oil-free formulas like Clinique Stay-Matte, £23, or Revlon ColorStay, £12.99.
5. You’re not using a primer
I use a primer every single day because I know it will help my foundation last longer. If you don’t use one and have problems with your makeup lasting, I highly recommend investing. My current fave is the Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate, £46. If that’s a out of your budget (it has actual gold in it!) I also love the Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer, £26.
6. You’re not using a setting spray
Setting sprays might seem a bit gimmicky but like primers, I swear they actually work. It’s not necessarily a step I would do every day, but if I know my makeup is going to be put to the test I always finish my makeup routine with a few sprays. We love the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Setting Spray, £4.99 which comes in two finishes, matte and dewy.
7. You’re not using a powder
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There’s no two ways about it, if you want your foundation to last, you have to set it with a powder. Any liquid makeup has to be set, or it will just wear off. If you’re not a powder fan, try the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, £40. These powders will set your makeup but leave a much more flattering soft focus on the skin.
8. You’re touching up with a powder brush
When you face is shiny it’s because there is a build up of excess sebum and oil, but all a powder brush will do is further move your makeup. Instead, touch up with a beauty sponge, like the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, £5.99. This is a genius tip we learnt from Jeffree Star (who knows a thing or two about looking flawless). The patting motion won’t lift your foundation like a brush and if you touch up with a powder foundation like the bareMinerals Bare Pro, £27 you also get the benefit of extra coverage. Just remember to blot before touching up.
May your makeup last longer than your previous relationship.
With thanks to King of the Booth.
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