There are tricks and techniques to keep your make-up fresh for longer and help you stay looking great right through to the last dance – and beyond.
31 AUGUST 2010
Although the summer is fast running out, there's still plenty of opportunity for a late break, and when good weather combines with good company, you don't want to have to worry about the staying power of your make-up. These simple tips will help you look good into the small hours and allow you to focus on the things that really matter.
Matte foundations control shine and have better staying-power than satin finishes. But you want to avoid a solid mask effect, so choose products that combine transparency with matticity, and apply more sparingly to drier areas such as cheeks.
Translucent powder can be used to fix make-up and keep it looking good longer. The trick is to apply sparingly and use a good dusting brush to remove excess powder and achieve a light and transparent effect.
Lip colour will last longer if the whole of the lip area is filled in with lip liner in the required shade. If desired, it can be blurred slightly with a cotton bud. This creates a colour base on which the chosen lip colour should be applied by brush; press the lips together to set the colour.
Waterproof mascara lasts longer and copes better with the effects of hot and humid atmospheres, smoke, tears etc. But don't forget you'll need to use the appropriate cleanser later.
Take care with eye-liner products: kohl and pencils that use wax and grease are liable to smudge or wear off as the night goes on. For a long-lasting effect and precise outline, it's better to use eye shadow applied with a wet brush, or a traditional liquid eye-liner.