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3 Expert Tips for a Smooth and Long-Lasting Makeup Application

Makeup can be a powerful tool for enhancing your features and boosting your confidence. However, keeping that flawless look intact all day long can sometimes feel like a challenge - especially when the goal is not settling into wrinkles & fine lines. Keeping our expert tips and tricks in mind, you can ensure your makeup stays smooth and stunning from morning to night.

1. Preparing the Canvas: Skincare as a Foundation

The key to long-lasting makeup starts with a well-prepped canvas. Proper skincare is essential for a seamless makeup application. Begin by cleansing your face thoroughly to remove any impurities or excess oil. Follow this with a lightweight, hydrating serum & moisturizer that suits your skin type. Well-moisturized skin helps makeup adhere better and prevents it from looking patchy or dry throughout the day. We recommend the Skinscript Hydrating Moisturizer with Shea Butter, Rose Hip and Aloe and the Skinscript Ageless Hydrating Serum. This serum + moisturizer combo will improve your skin’s hydration by providing radiant moisture without leaving your skin feeling heavy & greasy.  

Next, apply a primer specifically designed for your skin concerns. Primers not only create a smooth base for makeup but also help in filling in fine lines, blurring pores, and controlling oil production. Choose a primer that complements your skin type—whether it's mattifying for oily skin or hydrating for dry skin. The MHD Cosmetics Camera Ready Foundation Primer is the perfect primer to help provide a dewy complexion of even-looking skin tone. Or for more oily skin, try our Mattifying Foundation Primer to control excess oils throughout the day to help keep your makeup from fading.

2. The Art of Layering: Makeup Application Techniques

Mastering the art of layering in a makeup application is crucial for a flawless, long-lasting look. After skin prep, start with a small amount of foundation or a lightweight BB cream, applying it evenly across your face with a foundation brush and blending it well into the skin using a damp makeup sponge. We recommend our #27 Angled Foundation Brush from MHD Cosmetics for liquid foundation. For a natural finish, build coverage gradually all over rather than applying too much product at once in any certain area.

Setting your foundation and/or concealer with a face powder can significantly extend its wear time. Lightly dust a pressed foundation powder (such as MHD Cosmetics Dual Powder Foundation) over your face, focusing on areas prone to oiliness, like the T-zone. This helps in keeping shine at bay and ensures your makeup stays put throughout the day. You should also use a tiny bit of a loose powder (such as MHD Cosmetics Micro Fine Loose Powder) over your concealer to assist with longevity.

When it comes to eye makeup, using an eyeshadow primer before applying eyeshadow helps prevent creasing and ensures vibrant, long-lasting color (MHD Cosmetics Prime Time Eye Primer). And one final crucial step - finish with the MHD Cosmetics Setting Spray to lock everything in place.

3. Touch-Up Tactics: On-the-Go Maintenance

Even with the best preparation & application techniques, some touch-ups might be necessary throughout the day to maintain that fresh look. Carry a few essentials in your bag for quick fixes throughout the day. We recommend MHD Cosmetics Touch-Up Veil Concealer as a great pick-me-up product for the under eye area, and blotting papers or a translucent powder compact can help absorb excess oil without disturbing your makeup. 

Remember, it's essential to adapt these tips to your unique skin type and preferences. Experiment with different products and techniques to find what works best for you. And don't forget, confidence is the ultimate accessory to any makeup look. Embrace your beauty and the effort you put into your makeup routine—it's all about feeling your best from morning to night.

Need a little professional help figuring out what products & techniques are right for you? Schedule a makeup lesson with one of our professional makeup artists! Visit to learn more.

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