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All Day, All Night Makeup

By Paige Herman-Axel

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

WebMD Feature

Do you dream of once-and-done makeup? Warm color, luscious lips, and dramatic eyes that last from sunup to sundown? Starting with healthy skin goes a long way to keep your look fresh.

These pointers from professionals can help your makeup stay put no matter where the day -- or night -- takes you.

Prep and prime your skin. A few key products can help make your look last. Emmy Award-winning makeup artist Kevin James Bennett suggests stocking up on two essentials.

  • Hydrating serum. Look for one with hyaluronic acid for lightweight yet long-lasting moisture.
  • Primer to seal in skin care ingredients and prep your skin for foundation

Layer, Layer, Layer

The experts agree: Starting with a few well-chosen layers can help your makeup last all day and night.

Foundation: Celebrity makeup artist Tanya Rae (who counts Bette Midler and Megan Hilty as clients) takes a multistep approach. She applies moisturizer and primer, allowing time for each to soak in.  Foundation comes next, blended with a damp sponge, and then a light dusting of translucent powder to set it all in place.

Cheeks: Marina Gravani, a Los Angeles makeup artist who's worked with Mariah Carey, uses cream blush to give cheeks a healthy flush. She adds a pop of powder blush over it for staying power.

Eyes: You don't need a special primer for your eyelids, says Scott Barnes, the artist behind J.Lo's signature look. Instead, lightly dust the lids with powder before applying shadow to stop color from sliding.

Lips: A moist start keeps lip color going strong. Rae suggests a generous coat of lip balm. Blot with a tissue to remove excess.

From there, use lip pencil to trace the lip line and fill in the lips. Blend the liner with a brush for solid coverage. Then apply lipstick, blot with a tissue, and dust with translucent powder while the tissue is on the lips. Remove the tissue, reapply lipstick and top with gloss.

Next, finishing spray can help preserve your artful layers of color. It protects your makeup from normal wear caused by heat, moisture, and touching -- and keeps your skin looking fresh.

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