If you lead a busy lifestyle, between work, shopping, errands, parties, friends and your love life -- you want to look your best, at all times. While you may wear out long before bedtime, it's nice to have makeup that lasts throughout the day and night (or for as long as you need it to). Whether you are a single mom, an aerobics instructor or you enjoy the nightlife -- it helps to have makeup that lasts, without needing to be reapplied throughout the day.

Read our guide for simple beauty tips that keeps your makeup, exactly where you want it -- on your face, for as long as you want.

Key: Makeup that Lasts

The true secret to long-lasting make up is comprised of four basic components:

                     Oil Control

                     Moisturizer

                     Primer &

                     Powder

Below, we will discuss these three aspects of longer-lasting makeup in greater detail.

Oil Control

Controlling the oil on your face is a major part to keeping your makeup on your face.

Picking the right skin products can make all the difference. It's important to know which products work for your skin type and develop an understanding of which products are best for you. If you have dry skin, choose products with a hydrating formula. For instance, many products offer time-release technology that releases moisture to the face, all day. If you have oily skin, it's important to find skin products with a water or oil-free base, in order to minimize oiliness on the skin. There are a variety of skin care products that are created for those with oily/combination skin. If you don't know what works, try different options until you find one that you like (and that likes your skin).

Many people don't realize that they can make their makeup disappear, just by touching their hands to their face. If you keep your hands washed and try to avoid touching your face, you might be surprised to discover that your makeup stays on longer. Our hands accumulate oil, dirt and bacteria, which can also cause pimple formation and rashes, as well.

Moisturizer

For makeup that lasts, you should always use a moisturizer (that works well with your skin type) before applying your makeup. Moisturizer nourishes the skin and protects it from the daily elements (sun, wind, cold, toxins and pollutants). Moisturizer keeps the skin plump and comfortable, making it easier to apply makeup to a moisturized face for makeup that truly, lasts.

How to Apply: Start applying moisture in the center, working upward and outward to create lift. Finish applying the moisturizer and allow it to soak into your face for about three minutes before applying your makeup.

Primer

Primer is an essential component to making sure your makeup stays put. Makeup primer is used to prepare the skin for makeup, to pamper the skin and to create a protective base that extends the life of your makeup, making it last much, longer. Most primers are oil-free and fragrance-free, so they're ideal for anyone with oily or combination skin.

How to Apply: Primer should be applied after applying your moisturizer, but before your foundation is applied. It's very important to allow it to sit for a few minutes, in order to have longer-lasting makeup. Apply primer anywhere where your makeup rubs off easily including the chin, lips, eyes, and face. 

Powder

Face powder can be a great beauty tool, in keeping your makeup in place. Powder improves the skin's appearance, evens out the skin and adds a matte finish to your makeup, as well. It can be used to control oil, conceal minor discoloration and/or blemishes, tone down shine and create a flawlessly beautiful look. Powder minimizes shine and boosts the life of your makeup.

Tip: Powder and/or a little foundation can be used to make your lipstick last. Whichever option you use should be the same shade you are using on your face. A little foundation to the lips creates a base for your lipstick, emphasizes the color and enhances its staying power. After applying a dab of foundation/powder to the lips -- outline the lips in a lipstick liner that matches your lipstick shade. You can also color your lips with the lip pencil prior to putting on your lipstick -- for extra staying power. This part of the process ensures that your lip color won't bleed and creates a base for your lipstick, which makes it last longer.

 

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