Long Lasting Makeup That'll Survive The Holidays

by Miki Hayes

Black Friday hours have been slowly encroaching on Thanksgiving hours over the past few years. And with stores like Walmart and Best Buy opening at 6PM this year, eating turkey and buying $1 DVDs are no longer two separate events. At this rate, people will have to start just having Thanksgiving dinner in the grocery aisles of Target. But since the last Thursday and Friday of November have essentially combined into one long day of eating and shopping, there is no longer time to change outfits or makeup between mashed potatoes and discount flat-screen TVs. And since there isn't much time for changing or touching up makeup, it's easier to just tweak your routine to include products that don't require further maintenance anyway.

On average, a full face of makeup with only one or two of these precautions might last around six hours before it starts to fade or melt. But by stacking these safety-measures, by the time the shopping hour rolls around, you'll still be good-to-go. In fact, if you so choose to brave Walmart, other shoppers will probably be so distracted by how good your makeup looks at that hour of the day, that you won't even have to enter a brawl to scoop up that $30 tablet. Here's how to get the most wear out of your makeup.

Use Primers

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional, $31,; NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $25,

Use skin type-targeted primers so dry skin stays hydrated and oily skin stays matte, all while helping your foundation last longer throughout the day.

Use an eyeshadow primer to make shadows and liner stay longer on the lids.

Try Long-Wearing Products

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H, $45.50,; Maybelline Color Tattoo, $7,; Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof Mascara, $9,

Sure, the products with claims like "24-hour wear!" don't usually last as long as they say they will, BUT they do still tend to last longer than products without these claims. Try to include as many of these products as you can.

Waterproof products such as mascaras, eyeliners, and yes, even powder blushes and bronzers will last longer than their water-soluble counterparts.

Layer Products

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, $30,; Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, $26,

For lips: For minimal touch-ups, layer a stain or lipliner under your lipstick. That way, if your lipstick starts to wear away, there will still be some non-budging color underneath. Oh, and skip the gloss. That ish won't last.

For cheeks: Layer a cream highlighter/blush/bronzer under their respective powder counterparts. The color won't wear away as quickly.

For eyes: So your eyeliner won't budge, layer a gel or liquid liner under powder eyeshadow.

Set Everything

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder, $30,; Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $30,

Even if you normally skip the powder, make sure to use it today.

And after you've finished everything, set your makeup in place with a setting spray. If you really want to lock it down though, apply your setting spray between each step of your makeup application.

Now go snag all the deals.

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