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Waterproofing Your Makeup

Jessica Palmer

Having a longwearing...even waterproof look is often times desirable...sometimes necessary, and always a bonus!

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It boils down to two things: the products you use, and the techniques you employ.

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As far as products go...this may seem like a no brainer, buuuuut: choose products labeled "long-wearing" or "waterproof" this will give you a leg-up on achieving a long-wearing look and products marked as such REALLY do have ingredients in them that help them wear longer (such as oil absorbing ingredients, etc).  

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Some fav's of mine for eyes: use MAC's paint pot in painterly as a base for your shadow...it REALLY stays put and as you can see from these pics, it REALLY helps your shadow stay put!! Also their Fluidline in Blacktrack really goes the distance for lining your eyes!

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One of my favorite long-wearing foundations (I mention it ALL the time!) is Dior's Forever foundation...it really will last through a long day...dancing, moving, hugging, and (as demonstrated by our model) even a dunk in some water won't make it run down your face! As far as lips go, the trick is to opt for more matte formulas, they tend to be drier but longer wearing. Also, completely color in your whole lip with a corresponding shade of liner to act as a base for the lipstick! Apply your matte shade on top, blot, then repeat!

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When it comes to technique, layering is key. Layer upon layer of perfectly blended makeup, that is what is going to give you a flawless long-wearing look. It is important to layer translucent powder on top of foundation, to layer cream blush underneath powdered blush, and to layer liner underneath lipstick. Every layer adheres to the one under it, creating a long-lasting color-packed punch! One thing I really love doing is even layering a cream blush, then a powdered blush, THEN even a bright pop of a different blush right on the apples of your cheeks! I know it sounds like a lot, but remember we are talking about multiple LAYERS, not necessarily a ton of thick makeup! Blending is key!

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Use fingers to warm up concealer and foundation, use fluffy brushes to blend away seams and set with powder, and of course use waterproof mascara! I love L'Oreal's Voluminous mascara in black!

Watch below to see the specific techniques I employ for a long-wearing picture-perfect complexion!

 

So Cheers to Picture Perfect Faces, to Long-Wearing Lipsticks, and to Not Being Afraid to jump in the pool (or hot-tub!) every once in a while!...