Tips That Help Your Makeup Last Longer

Happy Friday! Today I have a guest post for you from Gwen Lewis, who is a writer and has been in the makeup and fashion industry for years. She is offering some tips that are especially beneficial for those with oily skin, but that will help anyone's makeup last longer throughout the day. I hope you enjoy the post and have a wonderful weekend!

Tips That Help Your Makeup Last Longer
by Gwen Lewis

Makeup brings together an outfit. From matching jewelry to the latest style, all of it goes to waste when paired with a makeup look that looks caked-on. A dead giveaway is the telltale shine that comes from an oily skin type paired with the wrong makeup items.

If you have oily skin, you will need to take some extra steps to get makeup that lasts all day without becoming shiny or slick. It’s necessary to prep your skin in order to apply your makeup properly and make it last throughout the day.

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Using makeup primer is a great beauty tip for anyone who puts together a look with brushes, concealer, blushes, and shadow, but it’s of the utmost importance for ladies with oilier complexions. The primer does two things. It helps makeup adhere to your skin better, when slippage and smudging is often a problem for those with oily skin. Priming your look with a product like Neutrogena’s Shine Control Primer helps your makeup placement to stay put throughout the day, but not only that, it helps to control shine at the start. For oily skin, your foundation and concealers may begin to look slick as the day wears on, especially if you prefer heavier coverage. Primer will help eliminate that effect and keep your makeup looking fresh!

Makeup powder follows the same idea as a primer, although you apply the two cosmetics in opposite order. Where primer primes your face for your cosmetics, loose powder serves as the last step for your skin, before applying eye shadow, blush or lipstick. Dust a matte setting powder (also known as pressed powder) over your primed foundation and concealer to “set” the cosmetics and help control any potential shine that would build over the day.

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Blotting Papers
Finally, any girl with normal to oily skin would be remiss if she forgot her blotting papers! Blotting papers are a purse essential, and easy to take with you and use on the go. One paper can be used to remove excess oil or sweat from the face that could have otherwise caused smudging or shininess. Products like Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets have been specially designed to be used without removing your makeup along with any unwanted oil.

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In addition to these three key items, there are other lifestyle tips to follow as well when you have oily skin. Eat a balanced diet and stay away from oily foods -- instead reach for fruits and veggies that contain antioxidants which can help neutralize free radicals affecting your skin. Similarly, choose makeup products and lotions that are specially formulated to be oil-free. Use a light daily moisturizer underneath your makeup that is shine-free as well.

You didn’t choose your oily skin, but it doesn’t always have to be a pain. Control your shine and put your best face forward with these tips!

Gwen Lewis is a writer who lives in California. She has been in the makeup and fashion industry for years and loves writing on the topic to give tips from experience. In her free time she loves to stay active and has just taken on learning how to surf.

Don't forget to check out Gwen's other posts: Enhance Your Beauty With Yoga, The Complete Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Beauty Products, Beauty Threats: Why Sharing Makeup is More Dangerous Than You Think!, Beauty and Nutrition Tips for Spring, and Pampering on Purpose: Why treating yourself is healthy, not frivolous!

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