6 Tips For Keeping Your Makeup In Place All Day Long

Even if you wear makeup daily, you're probably not interested in having to reapply it numerous times throughout the day. But reapplication can be impossible to avoid when it's only noon and your foundation has already worn off, your eyeliner is running, and your lipstick is a ghost of 7 AM past. Click through for six tips and products that'll keep your look in tip-top shape well past sundown.

Prime Your Skin

Primer is one of those makeup products that seems a lot more intimidating than it actually is. It might sound like you’re prepping your face for a fresh coat of paint, but really all you’re doing is helping to ensure your makeup stays intact throughout the day. After your moisturizer has dried, apply your primer of choice (I like the one from Laura Mercier) throughout your face. Use a bit of extra over red or oily areas.  

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, $38, Sephora

Layer Your Foundation

When you want to stay warm in the winter you layer your clothes, right? Well, when you want your makeup to stay put in the summer you should layer your foundation. Using a makeup sponge and a lightweight foundation (like the HD Invisible Cover Foundation from Makeup For Ever), build your foundation using multiple layers, rather than just gooping it all on at once. Between each layer, use translucent powder to lock the foundation into place. 

HD Invisible Cover Foundation from Makeup For Ever, $34, Sephora

Powder Ain't Just For Old Ladies

If you think setting powder is just for AARP readers, think again. I already mentioned using powder to layer your foundation, but you should also use it over every single body part. Okay, not every body part. That could get weird. But definitely the places you use makeup. Grab an eyeshadow brush and translucent powder to lock eyeliner into place, and use a bit over blush and bronzer. You can even dust a bit over your lipstick to keep your color of choice on longer. While some powders leave your face looking chalky, the Microfinish Powder from Makeup For Ever is light enough that it can even be used over cream blushes and liquid highlighters without sacrificing their dewy factor. Trust me — this baby’ll change your makeup game forever. 

Microfinish Powder from Makeup For Ever, $36, Sephora

Prep Your Eyes

Before you put on eyeshadow, put a teeny-tiny bit of eyeshadow primer (like Urban Decay’s award-winning formula) on your lids. This will keep your eyeshadow from smudging and creasing throughout the day. After the primer has dried, pat on a neutral eyeshadow as a base. 

Urban Decay Primer Potion, $22, Sephora

Layer On Your Eyeliner, Too

Nothing ruins a classic cat-eye faster than eyeliner running down your cheeks. Even the best liquid liner is no match for the summer sun. Layering is your best bet. Pulling this off with your eye makeup is a bit trickier — and more time intensive — than layering foundation, but it’s a great skill to master. Begin by using a waterproof eye pencil to mark where you want to put your liquid liner. Set the pencil with powder. From there, you can draw on your liquid liner and set that with powder. But wait! You’re not done yet! To really ensure that your liner won’t budge, finish it off with gel liner and powder. If you’ve never used gel liner before, you’ll be impressed with its staying powder. Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is the best I’ve tried, but Maybelline makes a a more affordable version, as well. 

Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $27, Sephora

Maybelline Gel Liner, $10, Maybelline

Spray Down Your Face

Real talk: the first time I tried out makeup setting spray I was a bit freaked out. It felt counterintuitive to spend all that time doing my makeup, and then spray a mist all over my face. But once I saw the results, I become a convert. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray does, well, just what the product name implies. You spritz it over your face, let it dry, and your makeup is locked in for the night. It might sound gimmicky, but it really works wonders. It’s perfect for those nights when you have absolutely no idea how long you’ll be out and about. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Long- Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $32, Sephora