9 Tips To Make Makeup Stay

How many nights have you left the house looking flawless only to return looking like a horror-movie extra? While a few shots too many may spell disaster for your balance and, um, dignity, it doesn't have to be apocalyptic for your makeup, too. Celebrity makeup artist Kela Wong has proven her master skills on the likes of Alicia Keys, Salma Hayek and Sandra Bullock -- and now she shares her pro tips and tricks with you.



Prime time

Foundation, as it turns out, isn't the foundation of a long-lasting makeup routine. For makeup that will stay on as long as you stay out, Wong says to start by moisturizing your entire face and neck. She uses Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Moisturizer.

Applying primer is a step most of us skip, but it's integral to the longevity of your makeup. Wong recommends Skin Prep FX Primer by Cover FX. "The primer ensures even coverage, and helps foundation glide on," she explains. "At the same time, it gives makeup incredible staying power, whereas without a primer, makeup tends to be absorbed and look blotchy halfway through the day."

The perfect canvas

Now that you're primed and ready to go, it's time for foundation. Pick one with long-lasting capabilities -- Wong suggests Cover FX. Apply a thin layer with a brush or your middle finger, she says. As for coverage, "It is always better to use less of a product that offers higher coverage than to use more of a product that's less in coverage."

Set the foundation firmly in place with a powder. Wong recommends Mineral Veil by Bare Escentuals for this. And for your cheeks? Try cream powder blushes by Sally Hansen.

Eye drama

Nighttime makeup is all about the eyes -- but high-drama eyes easily can turn into high time for a touchup. As with the rest of your face, use a primer to help keep your eye color in place. "Color will be true to the palette and will not fade or crease up," says Wong. She stands by M•A•C Eye Primer.

Once you've got the primer in place, you can ramp up the color. Wong recommends Bare Escentuals eyeshadows. "[They are] made from minerals and are long lasting but gentle enough for sensitive skin types," she explains.

Top your eye makeup look off with mascara. Wong advises two coats of Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Lash Extending Mascara in Black.

Finishing touches

For your lips, try Cargo lip glosses. "[They] are lightweight and long wearing without that sticky goo feeling," says Wong.

And as for the rest of your skin, she suggests Sally Hansen's Body Glow spray to finish your completely radiant look.

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Comments on "Long-wearing makeup"

glamarama21 March 31, 2009 | 9:46 PM

Try using Cover Blend by Neostratta- my friend has a port wine stain on her cheek and it is totally covered with this foundation! It's hard to even believe it is under there once she has the make-up on AND it lasts ALL day!

Reina Robinson March 31, 2009 | 1:46 PM

This was so helpful!!!! i always try got get the look of the stars... and Nikki Reed from Twilight and Chain Letters make up is always flawless!!! she said alot of these in her interview...

glamarama21 March 29, 2009 | 10:01 PM

Love, love, love make up tips! I actually use the ID Mineral Veil! I regularly go in to Ulta to buy it and they are actually having their Spring Beauty Event right now! It's the coolest thing... you just sign up and go in for a free appointment to learn skin and make up tips. Every day is different- I went for Napoleon Perdis- he is a well known make up artist to the stars. Even better, a skin therapist did something called a face mapping on me first. They analyze you skin in differnt sections of the face to recommend a specific regimine for you and show you the professional Dermalogica products to get you the results you are looking for. I really needed this! I have this crazy pimple I can't seem to say good-bye to :( They also gave me a $20 gift card to the salon for coming in... I think I will get the facial the skin therapist told me about- I guess they have one for people with these unwanted friends on their face like me. I have also bought their Smashbox primer to keep my make up on all day- works like a charm! They even have a water based one for people with sensitive skin like me! Rock on, Ulta!

blessing christabel January 08, 2009 | 11:06 AM

pls i want my face to look more more neat anytime i put make up,but it still doesnt, the marks keep on showing,pls advice me on what to do ok.

Kelly Williams December 24, 2008 | 1:04 PM

I wish I could afford makeup to hide the scars and marks on my face. I would love to wear makeup to make look beautiful. But dreams/wishes never come true....

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