Makeup FAQs: How to Make Your Special Event Makeup Last!

Written by Stylist Allison

Photo: Jennifer Wilson Photography

1. HOW DO I PREVENT MY MAKEUP FROM LOOKING CAKEY?


The first thing you want to do is take a look at your skin. Are you putting on enough moisturizer? I always recommend applying moisturizer prior to foundation to properly hydrate and smooth the skin, creating the perfect canvas. If you are using moisturizer and still feel like you are getting a cakey look, then it's possible that you are applying too much. Remember, less is more with makeup! You may also want to look at the products you are using to make sure they line up with your skin type.


2. BUT WHAT IF I HAVE OILY SKIN? I DON'T WANT TO USE A MOISTURIZER IF I HAVE OILY SKIN.


You still want to moisturize. I would recommend beginning to incorporate a moisturizer into your nightly skincare routine. Once your skin has adjusted, add a light daytime moisturizer to your morning routine before applying makeup. A lot of times, our skin produces excess oil because it’s actually dehydrated and our bodies are trying to quench our skin's thirst. When you provide that hydration with a moisturizer, it will trigger your skin to slow down the oil production. Consult with an esthetician/dermatologist to see what type of moisturizer would work best with your skin.


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3. SHOULD I WEAR FALSE LASHES?


Absolutely! Eyes are the focal point of the face, and by adding lashes, you frame the eyes which makes them look bigger. Adding lashes enhances your beauty while adding a bit of glam.


4. HOW CAN I MAKE MY LIPSTICK LAST ALL NIGHT?


If you are wanting a smudge proof, long lasting lipstick, I always recommend using a matte liquid lip. These type of lip products can be drying, so exfoliate and make sure to keep lips hydrated with chapstick prior to your event. If a liquid lip is just too drying, you can always use a lip liner beneath a regular cream lipstick. This creates a barrier between the lip color and your wet tissue while also give the lipstick something to adhere to. This will increase the wear of your lip color, however, if you do plan on eating or drinking you will more than likely still need to reapply.


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5. WHAT SHOULD I APPLY FIRST, MY EYE MAKEUP OR FACE MAKEUP?


This is really a personal preference, but I always do eyes first. A lot of times you can get fall out from your eyeshadow. By applying the shadow first, you are able to clean up any of that fallen shadow without messing up your base, guaranteeing a flawless look. This is also super helpful when it comes to winged liner!


6. HOW DO I PREVENT MY MAKEUP FROM CREASING?


Primer and setting powder! Whether it be your eyes or any other area of your face, if you notice creasing, try priming the area first. If it's your eyeshadow that is creasing, try dusting a light setting powder on top of the powder prior to your shadow—this will help the shadows blend easier as well. If it's creasing under the eyes, around the mouth, or on your forehead, apply primer and then your foundation/concealer. Once foundation and concealer have been applied, go ahead and lightly apply setting powder to your face.


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