Monday, May 19, 2014

Make Your Makeup Last

Hello there!

Usually I start my blogs with a statement and today is no different; I strongly dislike powders. There it is, I said it. Specifically setting powders. It wasn't until one month and 17 days ago that I just shut my mouth and handed over my credit card for my first setting powder.

The reason that I finally bought one was because I was noticing that my foundation wasn't lasting anywhere near the eight hours that it had promised. Now, I know that is a bit of a stretch, but when I say not lasting, I mean that it would completely fade off of me and within 5 hours I would look like I had never applied any face makeup to begin with.

What I learned was surprising and very much pleasing, a dewy or demi matte foundation then set with a powder gave me a satin finish and not a matte finish. Mind blown. I thought that applying a powder would give you a chalky finish and would actually age you and look like you hadn't drunken any water in weeks.

The two products that I have been using religiously to help my makeup last the actual eight hours are Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel and MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. I do realize that you are probably still in shock that I just mentioned an anti-chafing gel for my makeup. Let me explain, these ingredients are almost identical to the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. It is fragrance free and designed for the most sensitive areas of your body, and has that "primer" consistency that starts as a silicon-like gel and dries to a powder-like finish. I apply that as you normally would a primer, pressing it into my T-Zone and then working outwards towards the edges of my face, apply my Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation over top and then set it using a sponge and press the MAC setting powder on. 

Even through an 80 degree day and high humidity my makeup looks freshly applied! I have been such a skeptic of primers as I always thought that they were just a gimmick to sink more money into, and thought that powders weren't for me because I have dry skin. I was proven completely wrong, and now am wishing I had found these two products far earlier! 

Woah, that was a lot of reading, but I just had to share! 

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