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Ah, sweat. This isn't exactly your best friend when it comes to a freshly applied face of makeup. You can look perfectly made up and ready for a social media photoshoot, only for your makeup to start melting away pretty quickly if you've been sweating. Ugh, not fair! So, what can you do? We’ve got eight handy makeup tips to help keep your look in place during the day.
Helping ensure your makeup lasts throughout the day starts with the proper skin care routine. And moisturizing should be a non-negotiable step in the morning, even if you have oily skin. The key is to pick the right product. In the summer months, you may find that a lightweight moisturizer is all that you need to help keep your skin hydrated. Look for one that is oil-free, non-greasy, and has a matte finish, such as the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration. Smooth it over your face and neck after cleansing—another skin care step you shouldn’t skip! (Here are three long-lasting makeup looks are perfect for summer weather.
When it comes to makeup application, it’s all about that base. If you want to help keep your makeup in place, it’s a good idea to start by applying primer. Primer can help create a smooth base for your foundation and concealer application as well as allow your makeup to wear more evenly. The good news is, there’s a primer out there to help tackle quite a variety of complexion concerns, so you should easily be able to find one that suits your skin’s needs. Give one of L’Oréal Paris’ primers below a try to help keep your made-up face looking fresh as you go about your day. Apply your primer of choice all over your face, then move on to the rest of your makeup routine.
If your skin has uneven texture…try the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base. This silky formula glides onto skin, leaving it feeling velvety-smooth to the touch. The result is a unified matte finish that looks flawless. The primer helps to smooth lines, hide pores, and banish the look of imperfections.
If you have a rosy-looking complexion…use the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Color Correcting Primers Anti-Redness Primer. This anti-redness primer has a green tint to help neutralize the appearance of redness. (Yay, color theory!) Wear it alone or under makeup.
If you’d like renewed radiance…pick up the L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Radiance Booster. This lightweight, brightening primer formula is infused with nourishing oils to offer long-lasting hydration and help you achieve a radiant finish, without looking greasy. Another luminous option is the L’Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer, which can help illuminate the look of your complexion. Wear the primer under (or mixed with) foundation for a soft light illusion, or create a sculpted effect by highlighting specific spots on your face. (Read our guide to using primer.)
Your face makeup isn’t the only thing that can stick around longer with the help of a primer. Add these specialized primers to your makeup bag to create looks that won’t budge as easily.
1. Lip primer: If you’re used to struggling with lip looks that smudge and fade what feels like almost immediately, a lip primer could be just what the doctor ordered. Don’t just coat your lips with your favorite lipstick or stain. First, apply a thin layer of a lip primer to your pout. You can even use a little dab of foundation or concealer in place of lip primer in a pinch.
2. Eye shadow primer: Oily lids have ruined many a makeup look by leading to shadows that crease—or worse—disappear. The simple solution? Blend an eye shadow primer over your lids and follow with a powder shadow. Easy!
3. Lash primer: Before breaking out your favorite L’Oréal Paris mascara, sweep the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer from base to tips. This can help create an even base and boost the effects of your L’Oréal Paris mascara.
Not every product out there is intended to stay put through the wear and tear of a hot, humid day. So, when looking for a foundation that will last, keep your eyes peeled for products that offer long-wear coverage, such as the following two from L’Oréal Paris. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, which offers a demi-matte finish and flawless coverage. If you prefer to use a foundation with a bit more luminosity, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Foundation, instead.
After applying, top your foundation with the coordinating powder: either the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Powder. Adding a quick brush of powder can help set your face makeup.
Making the switch to waterproof eyeliner and mascara can help prevent your makeup from running and smudging as you go about your day. Create your H2O-proof flick with the L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Waterproof Precision Liquid Eyeliner, then follow with a coat of waterproof mascara, such as the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, on your lashes. (Removing waterproof makeup can be tricky. We’ve got you covered with tips for removing your waterproof products at the end of the day.)
Say yes to creamy ice cream but no to creamy makeup formulas. If you’re deciding between a cream or powder blush, powders are a safer bet for the season. The same rule applies to your bronzers and illuminators. Emollient creams, which often have a shiny or illuminating finish, may slip and slide more easily around your face as well as give you an oily-looking sheen. Try a few of our favorite powder products from L’Oréal Paris below.
L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush: Available in six shades, use your blush shade of choice to contour and illuminate cheekbones to create a more radiant, youthful-looking complexion.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush: Available in twelve face-flattering hues, you’ll be able to find one that will work for you whether your complexion has neutral, warm, or cool undertones.
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator: Available in three different color combos, these illuminating powders feature four shades that can be swirled together or used separately to open the appearance of eyes, create symmetry, and define your face.
When professional makeup artists want their clients’ makeup to really last, what do they do? They bake their makeup—no oven or kitchen utensils necessary. Makeup baking requires layering setting powder over your foundation and concealer for an end result that looks flawless and can withstand just about anything. Follow our step-by-step instructions for baking your makeup below.
Step 1: Conceal and correct your under-eye area. With a liquid concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Concealer, draw an upside-down triangle shape underneath each of your eyes. The triangles should extend just past the outer corners of your eyes and all the way down to the center of your cheeks. Using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender, blend your concealer out to keep dark circles and other imperfections covered.
Step 2: Apply foundation to your face. Follow concealer with your favorite liquid foundation. Apply an even layer then use a brush or blender to work it into your skin.
Step 3: Go over everything with powder. Dip a fluffy makeup brush into a loose setting powder, loading it up with product. Dab a thick layer of the powder onto your forehead, chin, and under-eye area.
Step 4: Let your cosmetics “cook.” Here’s where the baking technique comes into play. Let the powder sit for about five minutes, no matter how crazy you think it looks. Work on the rest of your beauty regimen while you wait, adding mascara, eye shadow, and eyeliner.
Step 5: Dust away the powder. Once your time is up, use your fluffiest makeup brush to sweep away the excess powder. That’s it! You’ve successfully baked, and the result might be even better than fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies—we’re talking about makeup that’s locked in place.
When you’re finished with decorating and perfecting your face, it’s time for a final misting. A weightless setting spray can help give your just-applied makeup look serious staying power. Take the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray, and shake well. With the bottle eight to ten inches from your face, close your eyes and spritz four to six times. Spray in an “X” and “T” motion to ensure you’re completely covered. (Get the complete lowdown on facial mists and setting sprays here.)