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At the start of a workday, your makeup is always on point. Your eyeliner isn’t smudged, your concealer is concealing, and your lipstick doesn’t look cakey. It’s what happens after a few hours of meetings and presentations when things really start to get a little bit dicey. So, how exactly does one get through a long day with their makeup looking its best? Touchups, of course! With a couple of tweaks here and there, you can help to ensure that your makeup looks as amazing as it did when you applied it in the morning. Follow our guide on how to touch up your makeup—and get over that midday makeup slump.
When you should reapply: After you finish having lunch.
Lipstick is one makeup product that can really tie an outfit together. But everything from a nude lip to a dark purple lip may require a touchup or two during the span of a day. The best time to reapply your lipstick is after eating lunch, since at that point your color is probably isn’t as bright and bold as it was in the A.M. If your go-to hue is a deep red lip (or something similarly bold), it might make sense for you to check the color beforehand as well. And this may sound silly, but when drinking water or any other beverage, try to use a straw to help prevent any color from rubbing off. Need a lipstick recommendation? Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Ravishing Red to make a serious statement.
When you should reapply: Right before a big presentation or meeting.
Reapplying foundation all over your face is just plain time consuming (and it can be messy!), especially when you’re busy at work. Instead of applying it all over, focus on just your eyes. Apply a touch of cream-based peach-colored concealer under your eyes to help conceal dark circles. You can find peach concealer in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit. Follow up with the flesh-toned concealer shade of your choice from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing & Contour Kit.
When you should reapply: In the afternoon or right before you leave the office if you have after-work plans.
Let’s back up first: In the morning use a lash primer before applying mascara. The L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer is a lightweight primer that can help to add volume and length to each lash. Apply the primer, then mascara, like the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara. In the afternoon, swipe on another coat of mascara and you’ll be good to go. If you’re meeting your friends or significant other for drinks or dinner, wait until the end of the day to apply your mascara touchup.
When you should use it: Anytime your heart desires!
Skip the coffee! Spritzing on a facial mist is an easy way to perk yourself up when you hit that midday slump. When used correctly, facial mist shouldn’t affect your makeup. If you have dry skin, using a facial mist can be a great way to add a little hydration instead of applying moisturizer over your makeup, which could mess things up.
When you should use them: At the midday mark when you feel your face is the shiniest.
Oil-blotting sheets should be your go-to product when it comes to oily skin. These sheets are easy to fit into your purse, so you can carry them with you anywhere. When you start to feel like your skin is a little bit too oily, all you have to do is pull out a sheet and blot. Concentrate on your T-zone area, since that tends to get oilier than the rest of the face.