How do they get their makeup to stay so perfectly? If that thought has ever crossed your mind while watching an awards show, you're not alone. From Taylor Swift's flawless crimson pout to dozens of expertly executed smokey eyes, stars have the mysterious ability to give good face from the red carpet all the way to the after-party.
Sure, they have top makeup artists on call, but what if those same professionals spilled their secrets? We asked a few celebrity makeup pros to share their insider tips for applying makeup that won't budge, smudge, smear or disappear for an entire day. Spoiler alert: There's one trick in particular that they all agree works.
Set your skin
"For long events, I use oil-free primers and very little moisturizer on the skin," said David Maderich, whose celebrity clientele includes Kate Hudson and Gisele Bundchen. "Too much cream or lotion will cause foundation to slip and smear. I like to start out matte and let the skin gradually become dewy."
It all starts with skincare. After all, you wouldn't want to paint the Mona Lisa on a breezeblock wall. Beautiful artwork needs a proper canvas.
Ensure your client's skin is properly cleansed and moisturised before putting anything else on his or her skin. Dehydration makes makeup either go on unevenly or slide off when skin produces excess oil to overcompensate.
Hydrate, don't moisturize
"Prep your face with a hydrating mask, like REN Flash Rinse 1-Minute Facial," said Jamie Greenburg, who has worked with celebrities from Kaley Cuoco to Rashida Jones. "It'll balance out your skin and get it makeup-ready."
It's hard to imagine how everybody lived without primer just a few short years ago. Primer is the glue that holds a makeup look together. While isn't actual glue, it works just about as well to grip makeup all day. Try one of the following long-wear primers for lasting perfection:
Prevent the effects of humidity
"I like waxed-based foundation for an all-day look," said Wei Lang, whose client list includes Beyonce and Heidi Klum. "It's water-resistant and usually comes in a cream formula, such as KETT Fixx Creme and RCMA cream foundation."
Prime your lids
"An eye primer is particularly important to keep the eye shadow from creasing and getting into fine lines," said Amy Zdunowski-Roeder, who counts Kristen Wiig and Kate Mara among her clients.
Skip the shimmer
"Stick with matte eyeshadows for an all-day look," said Stella Kae, who has worked with stars like Alyssa Milano and Toni Braxton. "They'll last longer than shimmers."
Try this color-on-color trick
"To extend the life of your liquid or gel-based eyeliner, apply the same color eyeshadow right over the liner - it'll keep it in place a whole lot longer," advised Zdunowski-Roeder.
Keep the lower lid clean
"Keep it clean under the lower lid so powder or pencil doesn't have a chance to run," advised Gersman.
Get long-lasting lashes
"Waterproof mascara is your friend," said Zdunowski-Roeder. "It stays on much longer than regular mascara, doesn't smear and almost always has to be removed with an oil-based product."
Ready, Set, and Set Some More
Setting powders and setting sprays are some of the best products for keeping makeup in lockdown. A setting powder, such as Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder, is best concentrated on the oiliest areas of your client's face. For another solid option, try Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent. This cult favourite is well loved amongst makeup artists as well.
"I swear by setting sprays that will hold makeup in place for hours," said Maderich. "It also softens the makeup for an airbrushed effect."
A setting spray can be spritzed all over the face after you're done applying all cosmetics. A good spray locks everything in place and keeps colours and formulas from transferring or migrating. Skindinavia Bridal Makeup Finish is meant to last through sweat, tears, and lots of photos, so it's a perfect choice.
-In Vogue Desk
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