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Long-Lasting Makeup: Step-by-Step Pro Tips


You don’t need to buy expensive, long-lasting makeup to make it stay put. Beauty expert Christine Cho shares some pro tips and tricks on how to get your everyday makeup to stay all day long!

Eye primer


  1. Prep the eye area with an eye base to help even out your tone (it covers veins, redness, etc). Just like foundation does for the face, eyelid primer or creams create an even canvas for colours.
    Christine's product suggestion: Stay Don't Stray concealer and eyelid primer by Benefit Cosmetics.
  2. Use a creamy eye makeup colour as the first layer to help any powder eye shadow last longer and appear more vibrant.
  3. Apply eye shadow in thin layers instead of one heavy rushed layer (much like nail polish is properly applied to last and look even). Control your brush strokes by pushing powders in small strokes, rather than just sweeping.
  4. Wet eye shadows with water to make the pigments more vibrant and last longer.
  5. Use waterproof eyeliners and mascara if you have issues with smudging.
    Christine's product suggestion: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Precision Glide Eyeliner.
  6. If you need something stronger to keep your eye makeup in place, add a layer of sealer on top of your eyeliner with a brush — this turns your regular products into waterproof versions. With waterproof sealers, you could even go swimming with your eye makeup on!
    Christine's product suggestion: Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal Waterproof Liquid Converter.

*Extra tip: Don't forget to conceal under the eye area, especially when wearing a dramatic eye with dark colours. This will give you a clean, crisp, no-mess look — and keep you from looking like a raccoon by the end of the day!

Face primers


  1. Always start with a primer all over the face before applying any foundation or concealer. This helps to even out texture and gets your foundation to adhere better and last longer.
    Christine's product suggestion: MAC Prep + Prime Skin.
  2. Apply foundation and concealers with brushes rather than fingers. Brushes are specifically designed to leave more product on the face than on the tool. Often with fingers or sponges, a lot of product gets smeared around or soaked up, rather than left on face.
  3. Press a setting powder onto wet areas to make creams/liquids stay put. The trick is to use your brush to gently "roll" the powder onto your face and then softly disperse the powder. Remember to tap off the excess first!
    Christine's product suggestion: NARS Soft Velvet Loose Powder.
  4. Use a final setting mist all over the face when you're done applying all makeup to help keep everything in place day and night!

Lip primers


  1. First, apply a lip primer to create a smooth surface and help get more staying power out of your lipstick.
  2. Layer on your lip colour. Start with a rough application of lipstick, line all over the lips with an easy gliding lip liner, then use a precision angled brush to apply a second layer more carefully.
  3. Gently apply a thin dusting of blotting powder — normally used for setting face makeup — over your lips. You can use a flat brush, finger, or larger brush over a tissue so the powder sprinkles through tissue without touching the brush directly.

*Extra tip: If you want to minimize re-application, make sure to use matte lipstick rather than a glossy one.


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