Alright, my loves! Let's get into the fun part. The makeup! This routine is what I use when I'm going to events, concerts, weddings; anywhere I will be out all day, especially in the hot sun and need to know that my face won't look like a hot mess at the end of the day. This is tried and true, my absolute favorite routine for an all day flawless face!
The game changer and inspiration for this entire post. Loral's Infallible Pro-Matte foundation. Yes, all skin types can use this! It's a very matte finish so if you prefer some dewiness, the next photo will help you with that. But this foundation lasts for days, I swear. The hottest, most uncomfortable weather and this holds up better than any other foundation I have ever used. Not even exaggerating. Again, if you have dry skin - make sure to let your moisturizers and oils sink in before applying this! As long as your skin is properly hydrated and primed, this will be fantastic for anyone.
Loreal's Infallible Pro-Matte: A full coverage matte formula.... This is VERY matte and unless mixed with oils, liquid highlighters or moisturizers, is not very natural looking. Something to keep in mind! But man, does this baby stay put!! I have not found any other foundation that looks as good as this one does at the end of a busy day.
Beauty Blender: A $20 sponge?! I know. I was a sceptic too. But this is magic. I don't know how they do it but it gives such a flawless finish! Run this under water until it grows to it's full size and squeeze out as much water as possible! You can use this with liquids and powders! There are different colored Beauty Blenders for different uses: black for bronzer/self-tanner & white for primers and moisturizers! Dot your foundation on your face or apply to the back of your hand and dip your Beauty Blender in, bounce it all over your face and your foundation will blend in seamlessly.
If you prefer a more dewey look, you can try mixing the foundation with either a liquid highlighter or a dewey foundation. The highlighter on the right is one I received in a Memebox but it works just like the BECCA liquid highlighters. And the Maybelline Matte & Poreless is super dewey (don't let the name fool you) and also mixes really well with the Loreal foundation. Mix in any of your favorite liquid luminizer or dewey foundation!
Memebox Highlighter: No longer on the website and I can't find it anywhere!
Long wearing concealers are a must! High-end or drugstore, find your favorite. These above are my go-to's. Make sure you set them with a powder afterwards!! Use a concealer lighter than your skin tone for the base of your highlight.
*** Apply all cream products before ANY powder products to prevent cakiness!! ***
MAC's Pro Longwear Concealer: A holy grail of many, and for good reason! This is SO pigmented. It's a thick consistency and covers dark circles like a dream!
NYX's HD Photogenic Concealer: A drugstore concealer that covers really well! It doesn't last forever on me but I like to mix this with others for maximum coverage when needed.
Maybelline's Fit Me Concealer: This has been said to be a dupe for MUFE's Creamy Concealer. I haven't compared the two but I believe it! This can stand up against high end concealers, easily. One of my go-to's! I wish the shade range was better but if you can make it work, this is fantastic.
Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Treatment Concealer: Another go-to of many! I have this in a few different shades and not only use it for under the eyes but on blemishes and discoloration as well! Hate the packaging, love the product.
For an all-day highlight and contour, layer creams with powders! Use a cream contour and highlight with a beauty blender for a natural contour and set those with your highlight and contouring powders. This will set those cream products and they will work together to last literally all day!
Smashbox Contour Stick Trio: This kit is expensive but amazing for travel. It's slightly difficult to blend out, I tried a few different brushes/techniques before getting the hang of it but these are great for layering for long wear. And the stick form makes it so easy to place the product right where you want it, especially when it comes to contouring!
Anastasia's Contour Palette: I don't absolutely love this. I'm going to try more contouring palettes but this one is okay and I do like that you can pop out the shades to replace any or even build your own kit on the website depending on your skin tone (super helpful for mua's)... I think there are better quality powders in the industry but this is what I've got at the moment. Leave me your recommendations in the comments! I'm looking for new ones to try :)
Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick in Coconut 355: Using darker foundations are a nice option for contouring and foundation sticks are super easy to use! This one pulls a little too warm for my liking but because it is a foundation, it blends like a dream and it stays put. I almost prefer this to my Smashbox Trio!
bareMinerals Mineral Veil: These setting powders have been loved by many for years and for good reason! They are so finely milled, smooth and easy to apply. They set makeup beautifully and come in a few different finishes depending on what you're looking for. Apply this with a powder puff or your beauty blender for an airbrushed, bright look under the eyes!
Long wearing blushes can be hard to find, especially in the drugstore. Unfortunately I only have high-end ones to show you in this post but if you have found long-lasting drugstore blushes, let us know in the comments below! You can also layer cream blushes with powders for an even longer wear-time.
tarte's Amazonian Clay Blushes: Holy grail blushes for so many, these are incredible. Pigmented and all day wear, easy. They come in tons of beautiful and unique shades. The ones photographed above are from a holiday kit so the packaging is smaller than the full size products.
MAC's Blushes: Not all MAC products are worth the hype.. But I have absolutely fallen head over heels for their blushes over the years. They are just good. Really good. A million shades and finishes to choose from, some are more long wearing than others but they are holy grails for me and I always grab for them when I need that flawless face to last all day and night.
NARS Blushes: Another absolute love of mine. Some think that NARS blushes aren't worth the hype but I do! I love them SO much and Dolce Vita is one of my favorite blushes of all time. They are pricey but worth it, in my opinion. The shades are beautiful and they last all day long on my skin!
Oh highlighters... This is a newfound love for me. I struggle with texture on my skin most of the time so highlighters are not usually my friend, as they accentuate any lumps or bumps you may have. But on good skin days? LAWD, I love a good glow. I'm just now getting more into this world so I don't own many but these two are holy grails, one high end and one drugstore - both will last all day long!! Layer liquid with powder to pack even more of a punch.
Hard Candy's Tiki Bronzer: This isn't a bronzer.... Why they named it one, we may never know. But this is a stunning highlight without any of those chunky shimmers and I cannot believe how long this wears on the skin!
BECCA's Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone: Any BECCA highlighter is pure gold, pretty much. All the shades are stunning and Moonstone is perfect for my pale babies. When you want that WA-BAM highlight... Go with BECCA. They have a bunch of different formulations from liquid to cream to powders but they are all incredible and insanely long-wearing.
Setting everything with a translucent powder is so important, especially on hot days! I usually like to apply this right after my cream products and before I add my powder contour. I've found that my contour can look slightly patchy if I don't set that cream with a translucent powder first.
Coty's Airspun Powder: An oldie but goodie. This is a great powder that I know I can always fall back on. No matter what I'm currently trying out or using, this is one I will always grab for. It's also absolutely amazing for "cooking" your concealer and carving out your contours. Available at Walgreens & CVS.
One of my biggest tips/tricks, is to set everything throughout your makeup application. Using a setting spray will lock everything in and when I layer products with these setting sprays, it not only helps the lasting powder on everything but it also melts into the skin and makes the powder products look much more natural on the skin. This will also add that extra moisture for anyone with dry skin!
Urban Decay's All Nighter Setting Spray (1 oz size in photo): A fantastic setting spray! You can spray this all over your face at the end of your makeup application to lock it all in for all day wear. They also make other formulations depending on your skin type.
$14 or 30
Smashbox Primer Water
E.l.f. Mist & Set: Comparable to the Urban Decay sprays. This is an amazing setting spray!
Let's talk brows! Again, long-wear and layering - so important! Whether you use high-end or drugstore, layering different types of products will lock everything in for all day wear.
Anastasia Dip Brow: This can be a love it or hate it type of product. Some people can't live without it and others just don't understand the hype. It's a brow pomade that you apply to your brows with an angled brush. Using a very light hand and a tiny amount of product, this can do wonders! It takes practice but I've grown to absolutely love it. This is insanely long-lasting too!
Truly, if you can find a gel eyeliner that would match your eyebrows, they work just as well as Dip Brows! Also, NYX has come out with a formula very similar in their Brow Gel product. This has a dryer formula than a gel liner but they do the trick just the same! Maybelline's Eye Studio Gel Liner in Brown is fantastic as a brow product, if it matches your brow color.
Anastasia Brow Wiz: The brow pencil of all brow pencils. These are fantastic (but the NYX pencil is a dupe!) and definitely worth the money, in my opinion. You get the pencil and spoolie so it's perfect for travel and it's also very long wearing.
You can also add a powder on top as well! As the finishing touch, lock it in with a brow gel.
Billion Dollar Brows Clear Brow Gel: One of my favorite brow gels. It sets your brow products without moving them around or removing any product. It accentuates the hairs slightly, which can help when applying a powder or dip brow type product. Sometimes those can make your brows look fake so combing through with a brow gel at the end can bring them back to life.
Milani's Brow Shaping Clear Gel: This is a great brow gel and super affordable!
Eyeshadows are definitely your preference and of course there are tons that last all day, but Makeup Geek shadows last forever and a day on me so those are my most recommended for all-day wear.
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans: My absolute favorite eyeshadows ever!!! So pigmented, blendable and long wearing. Check out my reviews, hauls and swatches!
$5.99 for regular shadows and $9.99 for foiled shadows.
Long lasting eyeliners... These can be difficult to find! I'm always on the hunt for more options but these are some of my favorites.
Stila's Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliners: These bad boys do not budge!!! They come in a ton of different colors and.... I kind of want every single one! I can't rave enough about these. The fun shades would be awesome to play with for music festivals or events!!
NYC's Liquid Eyeliner: This can go head-to-head with any high end liquid liner. And beat most of them. It's super dark and pigmented, it's insanely long lasting and it doesn't run or smudge on me throughout the day. It has a brush tip that can take some getting used to but this is holy grail status for me. It's just great.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal: This comes in a few different fun shades as well as that perfect nude for the waterline. This black is super dark and I always keep all the shades in my personal collection as well as my kit.
I'm not huge into wearing waterproof mascara but on days when you'll be outside for long periods of time, whether that be during summer events, parades, festivals, concerts, etc... Waterproof is a huge help! It will also help keep those beautiful lashes of yours curled for a longer period of time.
Loreal Voluminous Miss Manga: This is a mascara that I had to use for a while before I loved it. But now? It adds amazing volume and nice length without clumping up the lashes. It lasts all day and doesn't smudge!
Almay's Get Up & Grow: Where are my Estycare followers at?!? This was one of my first reviewed and raved about products when I first started blogging. Repurchasing this was a trip down memory lane for me. I love this mascara. Period. It's amazing and although it's been really hard to find in my area lately, I will always love and use this!
Last but certainly not least, the lips!! These will be your preference as well, we all have go-to long wearing lip colors but these are some of my absolute favorites.... Yep, only some! I'm a lip product junkie... You'll want to find long wearing lip liners to layer with long wearing lipsticks or liquid lipsticks. Layering is key, have you noticed that trend yet? That just locks pigment on top of pigment and keeps everything lasting as long as possible. Although lip colors are the most difficult to maintain throughout the day, these are your best bet!
Apply a lip balm before you begin applying your makeup. Once you finally get to your lips, they will be moisturized and ready for any lip color you want to apply! Dab off any excess lip balm and then go in with your lippies.
ColorPop Lippie Pencils & Stix: Some of these are more long-wearing than others! Most of the lipsticks aren't too long wearing, you'll want to go with the matte formulas for the longest wear and the lip pencils are great as well. I wanted to include these in the post because the Lippie Stix are very travel friendly and easy to throw in a purse or clutch.
NARS Audacious Lipsticks: I know, these cost an arm and a leg and you're probably thinking... "Really, Marie?!?" but listen... These are worth the splurge. The formulation is perfection and the shades are out of this world beautiful. They last forever on the lips and are super comfortable!!
Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks: These are long lasting, fun and with a bright color selection. The application method is easy for travel and I think this is a good alternative to those who aren't used to the feel of liquid lipsticks. These stay feeling pretty moisturizing for quite a while!
OCC Lip Tars: Not travel friendly. At all. But these are some of the most fun shades you will find in the industry and they last for a very long time on me, especially the dark shades!
Kat Von D's Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks: My love for these is so real. One of my absolute favorite liquid lipstick formulations. The packaging is adorable and the shade range is incredible (and growing)! I'd recommend bringing a lip balm or gloss with you if you plan to wear these all day, as they can feel a bit uncomfortable after 4-5 or so hours. But these are the best. Insanely long wearing and so incredibly pigmented! You don't even need a lip liner!
Milani's Colorstatement Liners: Some of my favorite lip liners ever! These aren't the most long lasting when worn alone but layered with lipsticks, they help to keep everything in place for hours.
NYX Retractable Lip Liners: Not to be confused with the slim pencils that most people rave about, for whatever reason that formula just doesn't last long on me! But these ones do! They are retractable, super pigmented and so creamy! Perfect for layering or wearing on their own.
Rimmel's Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liner Definer: I love these! They are so creamy and pigmented and super long wearing. East End Snob is my favorite pink shade! You can wear these alone and I love throwing a gloss over top as well for a super easy but pretty look.
Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil: These last forever on the lips! The shade range is beautiful and when I need a lip liner that won't budge for hours, these are the ones I reach for! Layer these with a lipstick and you will be good to go for the entire day!
Applying a gloss or lip balm over a liquid lipstick can effect the wear-time! A definite must to remember!
Give your skin one last spray with the setting spray and you're all set!!
Whoo! That was a long one! These are my tried and true, tested and much loved products that I know I can depend on. I hope this was helpful to you and please leave any questions, comments or your tips and tricks below!
*Some of these products I have received for free. Most I have purchased with my own money. All opinions are – and ALWAYS will be – 100% my own.*
I’d love to hear from you! <3
Facebook: The Makeup Affair
Pinterest: The Makeup Affair
Feel free to contact me at any time: any skin care/makeup questions, advice, post requests or just to chat!
Business inquiries and product reviews: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please include – The Makeup Affair Inquiry – in subject line!*
Thank you for reading! xoxo.