6 Tips to Make Your Makeup Last Longer, From a Makeup Pro

Summer has arrived, and while we welcome the warmer tempertaures what we don’t look forward to is trying to keep our makeup from slipping and sliding throughout the day.

To get the inside scoop on how to make makeup last longer, no matter the season, we chatted to makeup artist Lara Ford.

Lara’s work has appeared in many well-known publications and she has painted the faces of high-profile models Rosanna Davison, Roz Purcell, Erin O’Connor, Amber Le Bon along with many more.

Makeup lasts longer Image via @urbandecaycosmetics on Instagram
Image via @urbandecaycosmetics on Instagram

Read on for 6 tips, from skin prep to lips, to ensure your makeup lasts longer – and here’s hoping this warm weather will last too…

1. Exfoliate

One of the best ways to prolong the wear of your makeup is to start with the base.

Exfoliating the skin every fortnight makes a huge difference and will really pay off.

A clean base will help products apply better. Plus overall this will benefit to your skin. Win-win!

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner (€31, boots.ie)

2. Skincare

A suitable moisturiser for your skin can also really help foundation, concealer and other cream products adhere better. Make sure to go for a moisturiser that absorbs well.

Don’t forget a bit of eye cream can really help too while also creating a fresh appearance.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (€43, Brown Thomas)

3. Primers

I cannot leave the house without having primers in my kit. They are a definite must have for both the face and eyes.

The benefits are huge! Your overall makeup will stay on from morning till night, a little bit of product goes a long way and it helps intensify the colour of eyeshadows.

Urban Decay Complexion Primer, (€29, Debenhams)

Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion, (€22, Debenhams)

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, (€31, Debenhams)

4. Base

I would always advise to go for a foundation that has the coverage you want.

If a full coverage is what your going for then one light layer should do the trick instead of going for a medium coverage foundation and adding multiple layers.

This will also let your skin to breathe and won’t appear cakey. Then leave the concealer to do its job on smaller areas of the face.

Nars Pure Radiant Tinter Moisturiser (€39, Brown Thomas) – Very light coverage

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (€43, Brown Thomas)Medium to full coverage

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (€45, Brown Thomas) – Full coverage

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, (€30, Brown Thomas)

5. Defined Eyes

I would always opt for a waterproof formula if I want eye makeup that lasts. This type of product really lasts the wear and shouldn’t require multiple layers either.

I usually go for a brown mascara and eyeliner when a client has fair lashes and black for darker lashes.

MAC False Lashes waterproof mascara, (€25.50, Arnotts)

MAC Chromaline Cream Liner, (£17, maccosmeetics.co.uk)

6. Lips

In my experience some long wear lipsticks can be a bit drying especially if you’re prone to dry lips like me.

I like to colour the lips in fully with a lipliner creating a base and defining the edge giving a clean look, then applying a matching lipstick on top. And voila! Longer wearing lippy.


MAC Lip Duo, (€37.50, Brown Thomas)

Lara Ford MakeupLara Ford is a professional ITEC qualified makeup artist of fifteen years who specialises in Bridal and Editorial makeup.

You can follow Lara on Facebook (@larafordmakeup) and Instagram (@larafordmakeup), or visit www.larafordmakeup.com for more information.