Making your make up last

Feature writer Karris gives us her top tips for making your make up last all day.

As a busy mum, I often find that the make up I so painstakingly applied that morning (or slapped on in five minutes, with my baby climbing up my leg trying to grab my mascara wand; it varies) can look patchy and faded by the end of the day. Running around after children, dealing with messy lunches and inquisitive little fingers poking and prodding our faces can certainly take its toll, however there are some steps you can take to improve the longevity and appearance of your makeup throughout the day.

1. Exfoliate and moisturise.

Using a gentle facial exfoliant and a good moisturiser will give you a great canvas on which to apply your make up. Dry, flaky skin can make even the most perfectly applied foundation look patchy, so make sure that your skin is soft and smooth before you begin.
Faith in nature facial exfoliant – £5.50

2. Use a primer

Primer creates an ideal base for your make up, smoothing fine lines and creating an even surface for your make up to adhere to which should help keep it in place. It’s also a great way to boost your complexion and keep your skin looking radiant.
Makeup International SuperMatte AntiShine primer – £13.75

3. Set your foundation with a powder

A loose powder applied gently and sparingly with a fluffy brush will help set your liquid foundation and stop it from fading through out the day.
ELF Studio HD powder £6.00

4. Use a make up setting spray

For extra staying powder, if you are going on a night out or have a particularly busy day planned, you can use a make up setting spray to help seal your make up in place and keep it from budging.
Urban Decay All nighter setting spray £19

At time of printing, to the best of my knowledge, all companies mentioned do not test any finished product or ingredients on animals.

+Karris McCulloch

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