5 SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKE YOUR FOUNDATION LAST ALL DAY

I’m in no way a make up professional, I just love to experiment with make up and share my thoughts with you on what products I love and how I use them. When it comes to foundation, it took me quite a while to figure out how to make it last all day without caking on layers. After using a few steps for the past year or so, my makeup now seems to last all day without moving or fading. So, follow these 5 simple steps to make your foundation stay all day:

Step 1
Cleanse your face
Both morning and night, it’s really important to cleanse your face, both to get rid of dirt and remove excess oils. I find this step vital and the most important in assuring my make up will apply evenly. For this, I use either Garnier’s Daily Energising Gel Scrub, or for something a little less harsh I use their Gel Wash, both from their Pure Active Fruit Energy range.
Step 2
Apply a base
This step can be any product(s) of your choice. You can either apply just a moisturiser, lotion or serum. Also, for more longer lasting coverage, apply a primer to give your foundation more to cling to. For moisturiser I use Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser. Or for primer, I switch between two which are MAC Prep + Prime Skin or Nivea Men Post Shave Balm (which I have a post about, here, if you would like to read on how this works). 
Step 3
Blend, blend, blend
Whether it’s with a sponge or brush, blending your foundation a lot is key to get a natural flawless look. Don’t leave foundation looking cakey and thinking it’ll last longer, building up extremely blended layer/s will give you the best results. My favourite option is Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation with any of my brushes, or a Beauty Blender
Step 4
Setting your base
If you have normal to dry skin, or you don’t like to use powder, you can skip this part out. However, for me I have combination/oily skin so I used to find it difficult to keep my make up from coming off once getting oily. A powder that I’ve been using for the past year is Rimmel’s Stay Matte Powder, and for the price this product works wonders. I use this to set the oily parts of my face (nose, chin, brow bone), but you can use it entirely how you wish to. Another product I use occasionally is the Ben Nye Banana Powder, which is very long lasting and great for bigger occasions than on a daily basis.
You do not have to do this next step, but its one that makes a difference in staying power for my foundation –
Step 5
Setting spray
Setting sprays are a multi purpose beauty product; as they can be used to refresh bare skin, help to dampen brushes or sponges, or ultimately to set your entire make up. I use a setting spray as the last step in my routine. Spritzing a setting spray helps to flawlessly set your make up, and also makes it stay that vital bit longer! I use MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix + in Coconut – the scent is totally dreamy.

Let me know what you think, and also your tips in the comments.


Thanks for reading,


Megan 

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  • Have you ever tried Estée Lauder Double Wear? I think it's an amazing foundation for combination/oily skin, so long-lasting!
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  • I need to try the MAC setting spray, as I find my make up never stays on all day

    Lauren x | http://www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

  • No I haven't, a friend of mine uses it and says it's incredible! Maybe I'll try it out for my next foundation 🙂 thanks!

  • It literally works wonders. They have different scents to, but the coconut one is my fave! X

  • This was such a lovely post to read! I desperately need to add a setting spray to my collection now, have you ever happened to try/compare he urban decay one to MAC – trying to figure out which one to get!

    Raashi
    http://raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

  • Yes I have tried both if it's the All Nighter Spray! I've tried it a few times for nights out and must say I much prefer the MAC Fix + !!

  • Great post, my foundation never seems to last so this is really helpful! I'll definitely need to buy some Mac Prep+Prime. Would love if you could check out my recent fashion post?:)

    The Fashion Road

  • Hiya, I also have one of thos M.A.C. Prep + Prime sprays but still for some reason is not working with me well, my face still always "melts away" maybe I need to change my day cream.
    xoxo
    K.

  • Maybe! Or I can recommend the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, which I've used before X