We all want our make-up to last longer. There is nothing worse than catching your reflection half way through the day to notice your mascara has smudged or that your lipstick has rubbed off. Luckily, there are a few easy tips and tricks every woman can master to ensure she does not have to constantly delve into her make-up bag to reapply her face throughout the day.
Use a good quality exfoliator to ensure your skin is smooth. As skin regenerates constantly, it needs a helping hand to reveal the radiant layer that lies beneath the build up of redundant cells. Exfoliating keeps the skin responding and functioning at peak level. It breathes better. A regular and gentle polish will encourage the natural glow all year round and also means your foundation will apply evenly. Try Elemis Papaya Peel Enzyme. This rinse-off exfoliating cream,£32, helps to exfoliate and purify tired, lack lustre skin. It is non-abrasive, so your skin is left looking radiant. It is perfect for sensitive complexions and even more mature skin. Buy it from http://www.elemis.com
Using a primer before putting on a foundation to ensure its lasts longer. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow, £38.50. It’s state-of-the-art fluorescent core light diffuser absorbs UV particles from the sun and re-emits their energy as visible light, flooding the skin with powerful luminosity. It is a must to banish tired, dull, and dehydrated skin in a flash. Simply use underneath your foundation, or on its own for a relaxed, effortlessly dewy look. You can even place it on top of makeup throughout the day to give your skin an instant pick-me-up. Buy it from Charlotte Tilbury at www.charlottetilbury.com/?
Give your mascara a helping hand by using a eyelash curler first. Using a good quality curler will allow your mascara to apply evenly but also help it to define and curl each lash effortlessly. This will ensure your eyes look wide awake. Try Tweezerman Super Curler Eyelash Curler, £10. This features an extra wide opening to fit every single lash and the innovative “no-pinch” design won’t ever leave a crease. All you have to do to get a flawless lasting look is to insert your lashes through the opening and center them. Make sure you rest the upper bar of curler on eyelid to prevent pinching. Squeeze the curler, gently but firmly, hold for a few seconds – and voila. Buy it from Essentials London
Invest in good quality make-up brushes to ensure make-up is applied smoothly. A good make-up brush will also help you hide any imperfections and sculpt the face. Try Real Techniques Bold Metals Spotlight Essentials, £40. The set comes with a 300 tapered blush brush, which has a specially-designed tip to highlight and sculpt the cheeks. I also really liked the 102 triangle concealer brush which comes in the pack. You can use the flat edge to highlights the tops of the cheekbones, while the the angled edges help contour around eyes, nose and chin. It is a great one to use to mask imperfections. The 203 tapered shadow brush is also great for blending your eyeshadow into the crease and eyelids to create a seamless finish. The bristles used in the three brushes are super soft and don’t scratch the skin – so they are perfect for even those with sensitive skin. The white bristles also show exactly how much makeup is on the brush before application. All this ensures your make-up applies well and evenly and helps you look your best. All three brushes all comes in a white brush roll which is the perfect place to store the brushes. Buy it from Boots
Use a lip balm to soften dry or cracked lips before applying any lipstick. This will make sure your lipstick applies evenly and last longer. Try Elemental Herbology’s Nutritive Lip Complex Plumping and Moisturising Lip Balm,£12. This has been clinically proven to help enhance lip shape and increase lip volume, Mango butter helps to seal moisture into the lip and to improve barrier function against wind and cold. Also calendula oil helps to soothe dry and aggrevated skin by reducing inflammation. All this helps to ensure your lips are plump and smooth – which is the perfect base for any lipstick. Buy it from SpaceNK
Chose a matte moisturise to help your make-up stay put. When you’re applying make-up the last thing you want to use is anything oily or a cream that takes a long time to sink in because it will mean your make-up will simply slide off. That is why it is important to go for something that sinks in fast and leaves a nice smooth matte base so that your foundation will stay put. Try Thalgo Perfect Matte Fluid, £25. This is great for women with shine and visible pores. This fluid offers dual anti shine correction. It really does leave the skin looking flawless, matte and ready to take a full face of make-up. Buy it from salonskincare.co.uk