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HELP! My Makeup Won’t Stay On!

Is this you? I hear this a LOT from women. “My makeup just doesn’t stay on.” Or, “It’s gone by lunch.” And believe me when I say, this should NOT happen. I rarely touch up my makeup. Maybe lips and that is probably at least six hours later or simply because I want to add more color. I mean, I have this thing with pink!

This week this lady came to me who was particularly concerned about her oily skin and her makeup sliding off by lunchtime. I also worked with a girl who had rosacea. There are solutions to these problems, and you do not have to settle for skin that doesn’t look good or makeup that doesn’t wear all day.


concern: oily skin

FIRST…. STOP MOISTURIZING JUST BECAUSE YOU THINK IT’S MANDATORY. It’s not. It’s only necessary to moisturize the areas of your skin that feel tight and dry. You can do this as needed. Skipping moisturize if you are oily may help your skin to balance and it won’t age your skin prematurely. That’s a wives tale.

Try to use serums at night only. I know, I know – twice a day gives you so much peace of mind about your anti-aging regimen. However, some of the serums are thick and make it more difficult for makeup to blend into the skin. When this happens, there is a greater chance that your makeup will slide off halfway through the day.

SKIP primers with silicone. Sure they feel good and they are really popular. But they tend to create the same problem as the serum. I usually tell people to try their makeup first without primer. I’d rather try to balance the skin and apply makeup to fresh skin than use a primer. If your skin is not balanced (i.e. too dry or too oily) then use a primer to treat those areas. Look for ones that are water-based. Stila’s aqua glow primer is my favorite for dry skin. It feels like a mini facial and really combats surface dryness. If you are oily and feel like foundation sits in your lines, then try Laura Mercier’s Blemishless Primer. This primer is incredible and you don’t need acne to benefit from it.


concern: rosacea or redness

Shop with your skin in mind. On my client who was oily, I used the blemishless primer and Laura Mercier’s oil free tinted moisturizer.  Then, I set the makeup with a translucent loose powder – the best solution to oily skin. Less is more with oily skin, so look for light weight products that are oil free and will also smooth the skin and correct discoloration. If you have rosacea, foundations often struggle to stick to the skin. Most of the time a combination of clay and powder will stick well to the face. To avoid having to put a clay concealer over your entire face, I like using a CC cream first. Then, apply a clay concealer stick or foundation stick where you are red and set with powder.

After helping both of my clients, the one with oily skin told me her new regimen passed the sunglass test and stayed on longer than anything she had ever tried! She was so thrilled, she was headed to Sephora so she wouldn’t miss a day without long wearing makeup. My other client just thought her skin looked a tad shiny. She could easily touch up with powder for that and skipping moisturizer in the future would probably fix that issue completely!


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