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How Long Does Makeup Last On Your Face?

by Gabbi

If you’re wondering how to make your makeup last all day, you’re in the right place!

How long does makeup typically last on your face? With proper application, high-quality makeup will last for 12 to 16 hours. This varies depending on the specific products you’re using and the techniques you use to apply each product.

If you want to learn how to make any type of makeup last longer, keep reading!

How Long Does Lipstick Last?

Usually, lipsticks don’t hold much bacteria. Therefore, they can last between 12 and 18 months. Lipstick and gloss have vitamins, essential oils, and parabens to keep germs away.

However, they begin to break down after 12 months. A decent lipstick will stay on your lips for 6 to 8 hours.

However, if you want to extend the wear of lipstick, utilize sugar scrub to exfoliate your lips. Also, apply a lip primer to prep your lips. Finally, set the lip color with translucent powder.

For a few tips on making lipstick last longer, check out this video by SmashinBeauty.

How Long Does Mascara Last?

Just like any other makeup product, mascaras do expire. The average lifespan of mascaras is about 3 to 5 months. Purchase a new mascara after a few months of usage.

A good mascara stays on for 6 to 8 hours. However, depending on your needs (long-lasting, lengthening, or volumizing), you can find a good formula that can last 8 hours or more.

We would strongly advise against wearing mascara for a long period. It’s bad for your eyes and damages the lashes. Use custard oil on your lashes. It will make your lashes thicker.

I highly recommend this video by Carli Bybel. She thought of such a clever (and simple!) way to keep mascara from smudging, which by default also helps it last longer. Win-win!

How Long Does Eyeshadow Last?

Makeup products like primer, foundation, eyeshadow, and blush can last for 2 years. Typically, lipstick is good for 1 year after you’ve opened it. Eye makeup like eyeliner and mascara should be replaced every 3 months. If applied properly, the eyeshadow will stay on your eyelids for 8 hours.

However, you can make eyeshadow last longer by prepping the eyelids with a primer. A good eye primer will make a smooth foundation without any creases. Follow the next application tips.

Tip 1: Primer

You apply a primer under your foundation for a long-lasting effect. Eyeshadow requires priming as well. You may think that eye primers don’t work but they do! 

They help the eyeshadow stick to something without creasing. A good eye primer doesn’t mean a costly eye primer. You can find budget-friendly eye-primers.

Tip 2: Concealer

If eye primer doesn’t work for you or you still think it’s not worth it, utilize your regular concealer. It will make a smooth base. It’s also lighter than your eyelids.

Meaning, it will make your eyeshadow pop. Using concealer instead of eye primer will also “force” other eye makeup to stay in place until you decide to remove it.

Tip 3: Cream eyeshadow

You don’t have to replace all your eyeshadow palettes with a cream eyeshadow. However, you will need a smooth foundation, to begin with, so investing in a pale cream shadow is a great idea.

You can utilize cream eyeshadow as a foundation for your powder eyeshadow. Your cream eyeshadow will keep your powder eyeshadow in place until you decide to remove it and make it pop.

Tip 4: Water

Beauty experts spray their makeup brush with water before applying any eyeshadow. This will help your eyeshadow spread evenly and smoothly. Also, your eyeshadow color will look more vivid.

Tip 5: Proper brush

A big brush isn’t the best choice for eyeshadow application. Applying eyeshadow isn’t as easy as it seems on YouTube videos. However, it can become easier if you have the right brush.

Invest in 2 brushes for eyeshadow, one for applying and spreading the color and the other for smudging. Eyeshadow “C” brushes make a great choice for application because they’re eyelid-sized and fluffy. Stiff, small brushes make a perfect option for smudging to make looks like smokey eyes.

Tip 6: Setting spray

Last but not least, set your eye makeup with a setting spray. A good setting spray will keep your makeup intact and works for any makeup. If you don’t have a setting spray on hand, use a hairspray.

How Long Does Blush Last?

Power-based makeup including blush can last 18 months to 24 months. Cream blush, on the other hand, shouldn’t be utilized after 1 year. The wear of blush mostly depends on the type of blush.

How To Make Blush Last Longer

Typically, blush lasts for a few hours. However, you can make it last longer by following the next makeup tips. They will provide a long-lasting effect and healthy-looking skin despite your skin type.

Step 1: Moisturize

First and foremost, cleanse and moisturize your skin before applying any makeup including blush. It will help your blush blend and set into your skin, even if you have oily skin.

Flaky, oily, or dry skin doesn’t absorb makeup very well. Therefore, keeping your skin clean, healthy, and exfoliated enables makeup including blush to blend easily and last longer.

Step 2: Apply primer

A good primer will even out your skin tone and provide a smooth base for the makeup application. It will also make your makeup last longer. Thus, invest in a high-quality face primer.

Step 3: Use a liquid foundation

A liquid foundation provides a smooth base for your blush to blend into, making it appear healthier and natural. It also enables your cheeks and other features to absorb the color better.

Step 4: Layer your formulas

Layering gel or cream blush underneath a powdered blush is a simple manner to achieve a lovely and customized shade that matches your skin perfectly. It also adds to the lasting effect of your glow.

Therefore, instead of setting your makeup including blush with translucent powder, just swap it out for a powder brush. So layer your formulas. Otherwise, you will appear looking like a clown.

To see what Step 4 (layering your blush) looks like, watch this video by Tati. When I first watched this video, I thought, “Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?” Now it’s one of my go-to strategies.

How Long Does Bronzer Last?

Powder makeup lasts for about 3 years. Cheek powders including blush, bronzer, and highlighter last for 2 years. A good bronzer lasts about 8 hours on the face.

However, if you want to extend the wear of bronzer, prep your skin with a good face primer. Also, follow these tips on how to make your makeup last all day long.

This video by Mariah Leonard is pure gold when it comes to not only applying bronzer but also making it last as long as possible. Woot!

Why is My Makeup Not Staying On My Face?

This could be happening because of several reasons. For instance, if you’re sweating, your makeup won’t last long. It will fade away faster. If you have oily skin, use oil-free makeup.

Also, touching your face causes your makeup to fade much faster. Finally, if you use low-quality makeup, that could also be the reason why your makeup doesn’t stay on your face.

How Do I Make My Makeup Last All Day?

You can make your makeup last all day or night by following a few easy steps. First and foremost, keep your skin well hydrated and moisturized before you apply your makeup.

Daily skincare keeps your skin fresh and healthy. It also helps your makeup last longer. Using the proper primer under makeup will make a smooth base and lock the moisture inside the skin.

The primer will erase your pores and make your makeup last all day. Opt for a high-quality primer. Also, use an oil-free foundation. Oil-based makeup doesn’t last long. Choose your makeup carefully according to your skin type. Professionals recommend utilizing cream rather than powder blush.

Powder makeup fades away quickly. It’s also important to have the right tools such as different brushes and a good setting spray. They will help you apply and set your makeup the right way.

Lastly, believe in yourself. Confidence will enhance your look.

Jaclyn Hill has probably the best video on how to make your makeup last all day, so sit back, relax, and watch this beauty guru do her magic!

Wrap Up

How long does makeup last on face? It depends on different factors including your skin type, the quality of your makeup, your application process, and your makeup application tools.

However, if you follow the tips above, then your makeup will probably last all day. Make skincare a part of your daily routine and you won’t experience issues when applying your makeup.

How long does your makeup last? Do you have any tips on how to make it last longer? Don’t hesitate to share your tips and questions in the comments. We would love to hear from you.

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