There is nothing worse than spending extra time to get ready for a holiday party or night out on the town and then realizing it wore off almost immediately. From my years of working as a makeup artist, I have a handful of tips and tricks that will increase the longevity of your look and make your makeup last all night.

make your makeup last all nightChoose Quality Products
I know this seems obvious, but it really does make a difference. Unfortunately, quality doesn’t necessarily mean expensive; in fact, there are some really high quality and effective drugstore products out there. Select products that have quality ingredients in them that you know work well with your skin.

Prep Work
In order to make your makeup last all night when it comes to complexion, I suggest a two-part prep process for all skin types. First, apply a primer all over your skin. (You can use a designated primer or a moisturizer that works really well with your skin type and products.) Second, dust a translucent setting powder over areas where you tend to get oily and apply your makeup on top of this layer. If you are oily, you can use these steps daily in order to control shine.

Blot + Powder Lip Method
Lipstick is usually one of the first products to fade away due to talk, eating, drinking or – ahem – kissing. You can save yourself from worrying and hassle by using a long-wear liquid lipstick like our Lip Velvet, but if you prefer a lipstick here’s what you do:

  1. Apply lipstick to lips as you would normally
    Press lips together in a blotting motion with a tissue in-between your lips.
    Repeat 1 and 2 until you have desired coverage; this will create a longwear stain.
  2. Apply a little translucent setting powder to your lips if you’re going for a matte look. (I don’t recommend a glossy finish or lip gloss for an all-nighter look as they are difficult to keep in place due to natural oils.)

Setting Spray
Your final step is to create a barrier on your skin to prevent your makeup from transferring and fading. The best way to do this is with a dusting of setting powder, a spritz of a setting spray, or both.


I hope you all have the time of your life ringing in the new year! With these tips in your back pocket, you can make your makeup last all night and start the new year off right!

– Sarah Biggers, Founder and CEO

December 07, 2017

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