Whether you need flawless makeup for a special event, or simply want something long-lasting for a night out, choosing a routine which is right for your skin is often the best way to make this happen.
Rather than spending an unruly amount of money on expensive products which have a 50/50 chance of working, take it back to the basics and start with your skincare and primer.
Clean your skin of the impurities by using a mild cleanser before applying your makeup. Don’t use anything harsh such as an exfoliator which could only irritate your skin, and leave it looking red and itchy.
Puretopia Rinse Away Purifying Fresh Face Cleansing Gel, $9.99
To minimise your pores, tone the main places of your skin which are prone to breakouts. This includes the t-zone (nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin), by applying a splash of toner to a cotton pad, and pressing over the top of your skin.
If your skin is far too sensitive or acne prone for this, keep it calm by using a product which contains aloe or tea tree oil, since it will calm every thing down.
Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner, $13.95
Lock in the moisturise by using a fast-setting moisturiser before applying your makeup. Don’t use anything which is too thick and creamy, since it will cause your makeup to move around!
La Roche-Posay Toleriane, $27.99
If your skin is super-oily, use a primer on your t-zone to keep your makeup staying in place all day long. The trick is to let the primer set for 5-10 minutes before then applying your base.
Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron, $34.99
After you’ve applied your foundation, allow it to set (this could take up to 5 minutes), then use a setting powder over the areas of your skin which are oil-prone. Anything nude or white in colour is perfect to lightly dust over the skin, since it will absorb any oil over the next few hours.
bareMinerals Mineral Veil, $40
Does anyone else suffer from oily eyelids? Prime your eyes using a lightweight cream which will lock-in your eyeshadow, and won’t cause creases on your eyelid. Wait for it to absorb completely before applying eyeshadow.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $25
If powdered eyeshadow just doesn’t work for your eyes, choose a cream formula instead. Not only are they fast drying, but cream formulas are also designed to stay on longer without creasing. Set with a light powder before each layer of eyeshadow.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick, $12.95
Just before applying your mascara, mist a lightweight setting spray all over your face and neck. If there is any extra product on your face, lightly dab with a tissue or cotton pad to absorb the spray.
Makeup Forever Mist & Fix, $29
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