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How to Make Foundation Last All Day

Face Makeup

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Foundation can instantly create the appearance of flawless-looking skin—and who doesn’t want that? But if you forgo long-wear foundation, your face makeup can start to fade, get blotchy, and sweat off throughout the day, and then your makeup look goes from flawless to hot mess. Which brings us to the age-old question—can you really make your foundation last all day? As it turns out, with the right long-lasting foundation, and a few other must-have products, you can. Below, we’re sharing how to do just that, and filling you in on our best long-lasting foundation.


First things first, if you want your foundation to last and last, you’ll need a long-lasting foundation formula. Seems obvious in retrospect, we know. Grab a reliable, long-wear foundation like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight. With its sweat, water, and transfer-resistant formula, your makeup will last all day!

Long-lasting foundation tip #2: Apply the right way

Beyond your foundation formula, how you apply your face makeup matters, too. You can apply this liquid foundation in a few different ways: using your fingers, stippling with a flat top makeup brush, or buffing with a makeup blender. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender for a mess-free, easy way to effortlessly blend out foundation for a seamless look.

To help your foundation last, make sure you aren’t applying too much product. A thin, even layer should do. Our Fresh Wear foundation has a buildable formula, so you can apply just a little product at a time until you reach your desired level of coverage.


Let’s back up a little. Before you get to applying your foundation, make sure to reach for a makeup primer. A makeup primer will prep your face for foundation by smoothing your skin, blurring imperfections, and increasing the lifeline of your foundation. Take your pick from one of our makeup primers below.

For a matte finish…use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Lock Makeup Primer. This primer keeps oil at bay with a long-lasting matte finish.

For a radiant finish…use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow Lock Makeup Primer. This primer perfects, illuminates, and hydrates your skin to give it a healthy, radiant glow that lasts and lasts.


Post-foundation application, reach for a translucent setting powder to help set your foundation in place. This is an especially useful tip for those with oily skin. Sweep the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder across your skin. The translucent loose setting powder blurs lines and pores while controlling shine all day for a smooth, matte finish.


Not only can you use a setting powder to seal in your foundation, but you can also use a setting spray! A setting spray will keep your foundation from fading throughout the day for a "just applied" makeup look all day long. Take your pick from our two setting sprays below.

For a natural finish…use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. This lightweight mist will keep your makeup looking fresh hours after application without any melting, fading, or touch-ups necessary. Say hello to all-day staying power!

For a dewy finish…use the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi-Shake and Glow Dew Mist. This mist can be used to prime, set, and refresh your makeup to give your skin a natural, healthy glow in just one spritz. Formulated with coconut water and vitamin C, your skin will get a healthy boost of hydration all day long.

Ready to make your foundation last all day long? Find your perfect long-wear foundation shade in our article, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation Swatches, and use it as the base for your next makeup look.