Going the distance: tips for long-lasting makeup

We asked beauty blogger Camille Owen, of Sydney-based blog On a Beauty Bender, how she keeps her look for longer. Here are her helpful tips for long-lasting makeup…

Left the house looking like a goddess, yet come lunchtime your makeup looks like it’s melted right off your face? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Here are a few tips to help you get the best out of your makeup and make it last all day:

Create the perfect canvas

Ensure you start with a clean, primed canvas. Beautifully clean, exfoliated and moisturised skin allows your natural beauty to shine through, and gives your foundation something to work with. Make sure your moisturiser is light and quickly absorbed. I like Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion. Using a primer is going to make all the difference.

Select a primer that targets a specific skin concern, while also increasing longevity. I’d suggest Hourglass Mineral Veil or Stila One Step Colour Correct primer. Primer doesn’t end at your face either, prime your lips with a balm and don’t forget about those eyelids. My eyelids are greasy little guys, so I find using an eye primer or a dusting of translucent powder provides the best base for long-lasting, creaseless shadow.

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Pick your foundation wisely

Obviously you’re going to want a long-lasting foundation that works well with your skin type. Generally, foundations with matte finishes last the longest, and don’t move around. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear is a cult favourite and with good reason. It looks flawless, lasts forever and suits most skin types.

Set in place

Setting your makeup in place is just as important as applying it. With a light hand, dust a translucent powder over your finished product to set the foundation and reduce the appearance of pores and lines. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder is a really great option.

Now to really ensure all your hard work doesn’t go to waste, lightly mist your face with a setting spray to disperse excess powder and make that face transfer-proof. Some setting sprays even have the added benefit of a dewy or matte finish, like Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray.


Keep those grubby mitts away from your face. Not only does the oil on your hands begin to breakdown your makeup, but they transfer a whole lotta germs that can cause irritation and blemishes. If you’re prone to oil, use blotting paper during the day to mattify.

On the dry side? You can use a moisturising spritz like Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray throughout the day to keep that pesky dry skin hydrated. Less is more, but if you really want to touch up your base, lightly dust a pressed powder over your t-zone; too much could end in the dreaded cake-face.


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Head to Camille’s blog and Instagram to discover more beauty tips and product recommendations.

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