How to| Layer Makeup & Make It Last All Day

by West Parsons on November 15, 2014 · 2 comments

in beauty, makeup




For the makeup novice, application can be a shot in the dark. Ensuring that it lasts throughout the day is another feat. There is nothing worse than laboring intensively for a no-makeup-look to risk it all sliding off a couple hours later and really looking like you aren’t wearing any makeup.

Most know I am a Frugal McDugal, except when it comes to skincare and makeup. For the most part,  the price your pay for makeup items makes a difference — long lasting, high quality products are going to be pricey. And there are those brands that defy the laws of price and work just as well as the expensive versions, like  Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream.

Personally, makeup application has been a journey. Having acne prone skin, getting dolled up required foundation and the sorts, otherwise I risk looking like a pizza face. So I learned (and am still learning). Started with Mary Kay and graduated to MAC (partially). Through trial and error I’ve developed a routine for application of a basic face (think no-makeup makeup) with a bold lip.


Be sure dead, dry skin is sloughed off to make for a smooth canvas. Exfoliating ingredients can be found in many products, but the concentration and how often it is done is what makes it effective.

Exfoliating lips your is also a must and Satin Lips is an easy two-step product.

Do this from the inside and out. Drinking water plumps and improves the appearance of the dermis —  cells just below the visible skin. Using the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type improves the external — your epidermis.  Knowing your skin type (dry, oily, combination) is imperative in choosing the right moisturizer.

Allow 2-3 minutes for the topical moisturizer to be absorbed before proceeding to the next step.

To ensure your foundation remains on your face throughout the day (not wipe off during blotting) and applies smoothly, a primer is necessary. If you have oily skin, application to the t-zone is best.

I keep a few in rotation, such s Neutrogena Shine Control,  L’Oreal Perfecting Base, or chaffing gel.

(Apply foundation after heavy eyeshadow to prevent color transfer to other areas of the face due to pigment fall)
Like moisturizer, a good foundation is geared towards your skin type. Also consider the use of a BB cream or tinted moisturizer (like MAC Studio Tint or BB Dream Fresh) as they often contain SPF protection and offer lighter coverage for a more natural look.

Applied to areas of your skin which are lighter or darker than your actual skin tone (acne scars, under eye, etc). This product should be the same color as your foundation.

To set the liquid which you’ve applied, a powder is necessary. A light dusting helps to blend the foundation and concealer to completely even out your skin tone. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish is a great option.

A dab of blusher on your cheeks and bronzer down the bridge of your nose, temple, bone of your cheek, and jaw line will give your face dimension.

Eyes & Lips
Eyeliner will make your eyes stand out, but opting for a couple coats of mascara alone works too.

Lip balms are a great base for dry lips. Lining also adds dimension to your gloss or lipstick of choice.

Setting Spray
To make sure all of your hard work doesn’t go to waste, a setting spray helps to keep everything in place. I’m currently using Motives 10 Years Younger Setting Spray.

For those of us who are visual learners 

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Marie Young November 16, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I need the translucent powder to prevent creasing. this was a really informative post. thank you!

West Parsons November 26, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Forgot about the translucent powder! I’m still looking for one that doesn’t make me look like a ghost. Which are you using?