1. Prep your Canvas
No matter what your skin type (oily, dry, combo… you get the gist) moisturizing is an easy step that makes a big difference. If you skip this, chances are your makeup will cling to any little dry spots on your face (or to any breakouts since most people tend to over-dry them) and make your skin look flakey. Let the moisturizer soak into your skin, then you can add a primer. I don’t think primers extend makeup wear all that much, but I love how smoothly makeup glides overtop primed skin. Just don’t pile on the primer, you don’t want a thick layer underneath your foundation.
2. Go Out of Order
3. Start Light
No matter what part of the makeup process you are at, always remember to start light. Going in with super dark or intense colors with a heavy hand can turn out patchy, and you can only blend away so much product. So my best tip is to go in with light, subtle layers of product and build it up to your liking. It’s way easier to add some more contour color or deepen up that crease than it is to tone it down.
4. Accent your Angles
Flash photography and strange lighting can make your face look washed out and less defined really easily. Which is why the makeup you use to define your features might have to be a little more dramatic than your day-to-day makeup. Don’t be afraid to contour your face and eyes a little! You might even want a little blush to bring a little color back to your cheeks!
5. Perfect Set-Up
I have personally noticed that setting my makeup makes it last so much longer than not. Even if you’re a dry-skin person, adding a little powder when your foundation and concealer is done keeps you from looking like the Wicked Witch of the West (aaaAAAhhhh I’m melting!) and keeps your makeup from creasing. If you’re super dry, using a fine, colorless powder to set under your under-eyes might be all you need! Then douse your face in some setting spray to help all of those products look a little more like skin and a little less like makeup. One of my personal favorites is by Urban Decay, but there are definitely cheaper options that work well too!
Author: Melissa Johnson
Melissa is an adventurous college student that loves being outside. She also loves making art and doing crafty DIYs. This Wedding Blog will provide tips and tricks for both weddings and event planning, as well as style inspiration and DIY projects. Make sure to follow the blog and come back every Thursday for more!