Making sure both wings are even and your concealer is set takes dedication. Nothing is more frustrating than looking in the mirror after what you thought was a “perfect makeup day” to find you have cakey foundation hours later. To look amazing all day, read through our tips below.
Primers are key.
Primer creates the perfect canvas for your foundation to adhere to throughout the day. From pore-minimizing to illuminizing, there’s a primer that was made with your skin type in mind. For oily or combination skin, use a mattifying primer like Make It Matte which helps to absorb oil and minimize pores for a smooth, flawless finish. If you have dry skin, Hydrate & Balance Correcting Primer will give you deep hydration with a mattified finish. To achieve that insta-ready luminous glow, No Filter Blurring Photography Primer is a multitasking product that you can use to prime, mix in with foundation or blend onto the high points of your face.
Choose a longwear foundation.
Longwear formulas are essential to your makeup lasting all day, meaning high-performance foundations that adhere to your skin ” and stay there. Silicone-based formulas like Kat Von D’s Lock It Tattoo Foundation promises 24-hour wear while Bare It All promises 12-hours of wear. “This foundation really surprised me,” said Kaitie at From MyVanity.com in a review of Bare It All. “From the name I was expecting a sheer, natural-looking finish but this foundation is very thick in consistency and gives you full coverage.” If you’re looking for a flat matte finish with very full coverage, you might like the Kat Von D formula. If you like a more semi-matte, skin-like finish with buildable coverage to your foundation, you should try Bare It All. “I like the foundation,” YouTuber Dania Lanese said “It gives you a semi-matte finish.” The key to application is to apply these formulas with a damp blending sponge. Like the Beauty Blender, Contour Blending Sponge was made to apply foundation flawlessly. Tap the foundation onto your skin and use the blending sponge to “press and roll” the product onto the face vs. swiping.
Opt for the right concealer.
Little known concealer trick? Your concealer should match the consistency of your foundation (i.e. liquid, cream) to minimize creasing and separating. Longwear foundations often have a thicker texture so a creamy concealer, like Disappearing Act, works best. Similarly, Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer provides tattoo-like coverage for a premium price. Disappearing Act works double time to conceal imperfections while also providing nourishing skincare to repair the areas needing coverage. For warmer weather, Disappearing Ink is your go-to. Being a concealer pen with thinner consistency, its coverage layers seamlessly over tinted moisturizers and sheer foundations.
Set it and forget it.
Once you’ve finished your entire look, it’s time to set it. Setting powders discourage foundation and concealers from creasing or caking especially when both are longwearing. Translucent powders simply set your cream products without adding any coverage. When you use a powder foundation, like 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation, to set your look you get the bonus of more coverage and skincare benefits. Use a big, fluffy Powder Foundation Brush to dip into the 4-in-1 powder, swirl and tap off the excess before lightly tapping the brush onto the areas of your face that you want to set. Hit yourself with a few sprays of Miracle Mist to get rid of the look powders can sometimes leave behind and you’re out the door!