Nighttime Beauty: How To Make Your Make Up Last All Night

How to make your makeup stay put

I’d like to say that I’m one of those easy going, naturally beautiful girls who takes less than 10 minutes to get ready before a party and then happily struts across the city, fresh-faced and carefree… but sadly, that’s not the case. I’m the other kind of girl: the one that agonizes about what to wear, changes her shoes three times and then spends half an hour an hour putting on makeup. Which is why I can’t help but feel slightly disheartened whenever I notice that my makeup is either completely gone by the end of the night or that my once sexy smokey eye is now making me look like an enraged raccoon.

With this in mind, I decided to turn to my friend MJ Valentine for some advice. Besides being an awesome lifestyle and beauty blogger MJ is also a freelance makeup artist with years of experience under her belt so I knew that she would be more than up to the challenge.

Read on to find out about her 5 simple tips for making your make up last all night!


1. ‘Prep and Prime’ your skin

First off, make sure your skin is in the right condition for applying your makeup. Wash your face and use a gentle exfoliant to buff away any dry skin (this will also leave your skin feeling soft and clean).

You should also invest in a primer. A good primer creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup so the product won’t be absorbed. It also helps with the application of foundation because it creates a smooth and even surface. For long wear, I prefer gel-based primers over cream-based ones – they are usually made with silicone so they have great mattifying properties, and they go on the skin feeling dry and smooth. Silicone primers are especially good for sensitive skin.

I love Inglot’s Under Makeup Base, Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer.

If you have oily eye lids then something like Urban Decay’s primer potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance would be perfect. Alternatively, you could apply a touch of concealer and then powder all over your eye lids before putting on your eye shadow.

2. Wear a matte finish foundation

A matte finish foundation is your best bet for ultra long wear. There are a million different foundations on the market, so take the time to find the right one for your skin type.

Just remember – if your foundation is oil free, all your other products should be too – mixing an oil-based moisturizer or concealer with an oil-free foundation will have the same effect as pouring olive oil into a bubbling pot of pasta. Oil and water don’t mix well, so if you want your makeup to last, get the right product combination first!

For matte foundations, I love MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation and Kat Von D’s Lock It Tattoo Foundation (but you can only buy this via eBay, unless you live in the US!)

3. Use a Lip Liner

Lip liners are made from a stiff wax, which is why they’re great for holding your lipstick on. The trick is to color your whole lip in and not just draw a line around the edge. That way, when your lipgloss or lipstick is stuck to a champagne glass instead of your face, you still have some color there until you can do a touch up later on.

To be honest, lip liners are pretty much one and the same. I have purchased both high end and drugstore lip liners and not found much difference in product. In my opinion, the best value-for-money products are: Face Of Australia’s Lip Definers (for red to dark pink) or Rimmel’s Exaggerate Lip Liners (nude to natural pink). Inglot’s Matte Collection Lip Pencils are gorgeous too.

4. Apply your make up using brushes – not your hands

Using your hands to apply your foundation creates two problems. The first is that you are very unlikely to get a smooth, even coverage. Secondly, using your fingers to apply you makeup means you are also transferring the oil and germs on your hands directly into your freshly opened and exfoliated pores. Hello, breakouts!

Use a big duo-fibre or ‘stippling’ brush to buff your foundation right into the skin for a flawless, even coverage. These brushes are also great for blurring harsh lines of bronzer or blush. Check out Sigma, Crownbrush or Real techniques for amazing quality at a reasonable cost!

5. Use a fixing product

If you have a problem with oil or shine, investing in a decent finishing powder will change your life. Note: finishing powders are NOT setting powders – they are intensely mattifying, which is great for long wear if you have oily or combination skin, but they’re not suitable for dry skin. I personally use Inglot’s Mattifying Loose Powder.

A fixing spray should be the last thing you use for long wear. They ‘seal’ your makeup, creating a protective barrier against external factors like temperature or pollutants. I love NYX’s Makeup Setting Spray and Makeup Forever’s Mist and Fix.


I hope you found these tips as useful as I did !  For more make up tricks and tutorial make sure to visit MJ’s gorgeous blog. You can also connect with her via Twitter , Facebook or Instagram!


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