If you’ve asked yourself “wtf happened to my makeup?” in a bar’s bathroom at least once, then this is for you. Sweat, humidity, and bodily oils are just a few things your makeup will have to battle during a night out, but all is not lost!
We’ve got a few tips to keep your makeup party-proof, so you’ll still look fine af during those flash selfies!
6. Don’t hate, exfoliate!
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You can say bye-bye to your makeup in just a few hours without a well-polished base. The dead skin cells that sit on top of your face speed up how fast your face cakes up, which is never a good thing when you’re trying to look good at 2am.
You should be using a chemical exfoliator anyway for overall skin health, but just in case you aren’t, go with a gentle one like the COSRX Blackhead Power Liquid!
5. Moisturize and shine
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Every skin type can benefit from a good moisturizer, especially if you plan on putting on makeup. For dry skin, it will keep your base from caking and flaking, while for oily skin, it helps keep the t-zone shine at bay.
Go for a tried and tested moisturizer like the COSRX Oil-Free Ultra Moisturizing Lotion.
5. Prime your way to the top
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We don’t mean just skin — this step goes for eyes and lips, too!
Make sure to start off every eye look with a good eye primer or concealer. This doesn’t just ensure your eyeshadow won’t crease and fade — it makes it more pigmented too, which is great especially if you’re in low-light.
For your lips, use a trustworthy lip balm that will moisturize you ‘til the end of the night. If you’re using a matte lipstick, just remember to wipe it off before applying.
3. Dare for longwear
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Long nights of partying and sweating is exactly what longwear makeup was built for. Choose a foundation, concealer, brow pomade, eyeliner, and lipstick that you know won’t budge until you want it to.
2. Bake it ‘til you make it
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We all love a good ‘ol setting powder, so for long nights, it’s time to take it to the next level. If you’re not familiar with the concept of baking, it involves layering setting powder on places that either crease or are oily, and letting it “bake” for a few minutes before swiping the excess off.
You’ll know it’s ready to sweep off when you see your pores expel oil!
Pro tip: if you’re extra oily, add a light layer of setting powder before your foundation. This will absorb oil and keep everything from budging.
1. Don’t shy away from setting spray
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It’s already a given that you should finish off your whole routine with setting spray, but did you know you could also use it on your beauty sponge? Add a few spritzes on your sponge before you apply your foundation and it will help lock everything in.