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Doing a full face takes about 20 minutes (or longer) of painstaking work, and the last thing you want is for your makeup to look like a sweaty mess within minutes of dancing. No, ma’am, we don’t want melty makeup when we’re busting a move on the dance floor! Here are beauty hacks that will keep your face makeup sweat-proof and longer-lasting!
Beauty Hacks for Long-Lasting Makeup
Prep Your Skin
Prepping the skin for makeup boosts the life of the makeup. You want to make sure that your skin is well-hydrated so your foundation won’t cake or crack under pressure!
Always start with a fresh face. You need to exfoliate twice per week if you’re using a face scrub or use skin-renewing skincare products (fortified with AHA, BHA, Vitamin C, or Vitamin A) to lift dead skin cells and reveal the plump, youthful skin underneath.
Cleanse with your favorite skin cleanser, be sure that the formula is mild, so it doesn’t strip the skin of moisture.
Apply a lightweight yet ultra-hydrating face moisturizer because hydration plays a vital role in making makeup apply better and stay longer! You don’t want to use a heavy, oil-based moisturizer because the ingredients could break down the makeup, causing everything from streakiness to caking.
Finish up with your favorite sunscreen if you’re dancing outdoors or in a studio that gets a lot of light reflections.
Use a Primer
A primer smooths out the skin, giving it a slight tackiness so that makeup clings to the skin better. Some primers are made with silicone; others have a thin, silky texture similar to a BB cream or a light moisturizer, even.
Use the primer sparingly, applying thin layers and waiting for a minute or so to dry before applying your foundation helps prevent “pilling.” This happens when you’re too heavy-handed with the primer. Bits of congealed foundation could end up balling as you work the product onto the skin, which will ruin your makeup and cause unevenness. Not a good look!
Be sure to apply a primer on your lids too. There’s no need to use a separate primer for the lids, although there are products made specifically for this area.
A Solid Foundation
The key to long-lasting makeup is a budge-proof, sweat-proof, and life-proof foundation. You need a foundation that won’t melt when you’ve been dancing for hours, but it shouldn’t be too heavy that it’s starting to cake minutes after hitting the dance floor.
Foundation comes in different formulas, and the one that works for your skin depends on your skin type and preference. Generally, gel-type foundations are the most lightweight, and they look the most natural. However, gel foundations aren’t known for being long-staying.
Cream, powder, and liquid foundations are the other foundation formulas, with liquid being the most popular. What you need to look for is a foundation that’s formulated specifically to resist sweat and humidity. Some of the best long-wear foundations are:
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place
- Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation
- MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
- Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation by Fenty Beauty
- NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation
After applying the foundation and letting it set, you need to top it off with a thin layer of setting powder. A setting powder is a translucent or yellow powder that you apply under the eyes, forehead, nose, and chin so the makeup won't oxidize, move, crease, or melt. Setting your makeup with a setting powder will extend your makeup for HOURS!
Use a Setting Spray
A setting spray SEALS your makeup. This is the last step in makeup application. You only need to spritz a thin layer of the setting spray all over your face, wait for the setting spray to dry completely, and you’re good to go. The Urban Decay setting spray is one of the best setting spray formulas out there, so we highly recommend this one if your makeup tends to melt just a few hours after dancing.
Other Makeup Tricks to Extend Your Makeup
Stop touching your face: Touching your face will move your makeup no matter what products you use. This goes especially if you have oily skin or you sweat a lot. Don't rub your eyes, scratch an itch, or pick your skin when you have a full face, or you'll mess up your makeup.
Blot, don’t wipe: Blotting helps absorb oil and moisture without moving the makeup. You can use tissue or blotting paper to pat your skin if some areas get a little shiny or sweaty - like the T-zone. Never wipe your skin because it will remove the makeup.
Apply makeup in a cool room: Never apply makeup in a warm place because you’d end up sweating as you layer your makeup on. The moisture and oil from sweat will shorten the staying power of your makeup and cause cakiness too. Apply your makeup in an air-conditioned room if you’re really that committed to keeping your makeup on longer.
Choose waterproof: From your mascara to your lipstick, wear waterproof or sweatproof makeup to keep your makeup staying fresh and crease-free for hours!
No lid primer, no problem: If you want to make your eye makeup stay put but you don't have a primer, try usinNo lid primer, no problem:g , you can also apply a regular concealer underneath the eye makeup as an alternative. Another great alternative is a creamy white base like NYX Milk or MAC’s neutral paint pots. The creamy eye shadow makes the lids tacky so makeup sticks better and wears longer.
Yes, it’s a little tricky to get your makeup to stay put during intense activities such as dancing, but with these beauty hacks, your makeup will look freshly applied for hours. Remember, the key to long-staying makeup is to keep oil and moisture away. Prepping your skin, applying your makeup correctly, and using the right product help keep your makeup on point for longer.References