Get Your Makeup to Last All Night Long

You know what’s cool—dancing the night away at your favorite club. You know what’s not cool? The disappearing act your makeup can play by the end of the night. And let’s not even talk about having to untag yourself from the picture evidence the next day on Facebook.

Can’t a girl dip it low and have her makeup last? Actually, yes, here’s how:

Start with primer. Makeup lasts longer when it has something to hold onto. A foundation primer worn over your moisturizer helps not only to smooth over fine lines and pores, but it also helps your face makeup stay put for hours. Ditto for eye primer—they help your eye makeup last and prevents creasing. Try Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Poreless Primer, $35 mallybeauty.com and MAC Paint Pot, $17.50 maccosmetics.com.

Work in layers. Celebrity makeup artists often apply cream blush on the cheeks followed by a powder blush in a similar color to give their clients a beautiful flush that withstands heavy lighting and long hours. For lip color you can work in a similar fashion—apply a primer or balm to prep the lips, fill them in with a lip pencil and top it off with lipstick and gloss in the same color family.

Set it then forget it. Makeup finishing sprays are designed to go the extra mile to keep your look intact. One to try: Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Spray, $7-$27 stagemakeuponline.com.

Danielle Gray is a New York City freelance writer, Image Consultant, Makeup Artist, and editor-in-chief of The Style and Beauty Doctor. This Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad has a penchant for pretty. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly package.

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