How Can You Make Your Make-up Last Longer?


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Kathryn (Kathy) Hansen Profile
Guinevere did a great job of answering one way of interpreting your question. "?How to make the make-up *product* itself last longer?" I am interpreting your question as "?How do I make *my* make-up stay on longer (during the day)?"    The answer to this has a lot to do with the type of skin you have.       If you have dry skin, you want to buy a product that has a moisture base to it. Face "base make-up" comes in many forms. The ones with some oil in it will serve you better if you have dry skin. If you also have sensitive (or allergy prone) skin you really need to try to find a brand that is hypo-allergenic. "Eye shadow" comes in lots of types. A creamy type, either in a pot or pencil will stay on longer for dry skin. The powder type on dry skin will rub off faster. "Eye liner" is most often found in a pencil form, but you can still find paint on types. That kind is dryer, therefore, the pencil is better. There are even some that are similar to a felt tip pen. These are bad for anyone that have a tendency to allergies. If no allergies, not so good for dry skin. My mother has oily skin and loves this kind. But it really makes a difference on the brand of this kind. "Mascara" comes in so many different kinds. I would stay away from water-proof mascara with dry skin, with the only exception being if you want to go swimming. Otherwise, this kind will dry up your lashes, and they will become more brittle, and or flake off your eye lashes and stay on your skin just under your eyes. If you do not have allergies to worry about, some of the types that have a clear side and brush are good for helping to keep the mascara on longer, besides plumping up the thickness of your lashes.    If you have oily type skin, you want the opposite of the above. If you want to use a "base make-up", look for the kind in a compact with powder as a part of the product. I personally like this kind. You can find water based in bottles. I have family that prefer that. I don't do well with it (I do have oily skin). This type seems to just disappear into my skin. The compact does need redoing throughout the day, but it is very easily done with this kind. It does depends on the brand, but I really like it far better than the water based in the bottle. I will also add that, unfortunately, I have not found any of the drugstore (lower cost) brands that work nearly as well as the department store (expensive) brands. I like "Lan-come" and also "Clinique" for this. But the brand is a very individual preference. I, personally, have red hair, and very sensitive skin, so I have used a number of products, both expensive and less so, that cause rashes and pimples. You just have to try different brands. Even the brands that advertise that they are for sensitive skin do not work on all people.    With oily skin the "eye shadow" that is powder based (usually in a little pot of some type) will stay on better. It also helps if you first use powder base on your eyelids. Wait and let it dry,  then put the shadow on. This helps me immensely. As for "eye liner", I am old enough that I used to use a dry paint that had a little brush and you got the brush wet and painted it on. I loved it. But I have not found one in recent years, even in the expensive brands, that stays on well. I absolutely have to use a "hypo-allergenic" brand for "eye liner" and "mascara".  I stay with Al-may for "liner" and "mascara". I like it better than any of the department store brands. You can find plastic pencils that turn up the color stick, or wood pencils that you have to sharpen. I can use either of them. But the trick I use to keep it on longer, is to use the dark colored powder shadow to powder over the eye liner. Both upper lid and lower lid. I then use a light colored powder shadow just above on the upper lid and then just below on the lower lid to sharpen the look and not have it darken the rest of my eye skin. Or you can use a translucent dry face powder, and dab it gently on the liner, wait, and then use a make-up brush to lightly dust the excess powder off your eye.   "Mascara" can be a real problem with oily skin. It just rubs off. What I have been doing for several years now, is to use two mascaras. I use a water-proof one and then a regular based one. Just using water-proof can be hard on your lashes and get brittle. But for me it works to switch on the second layer, therefore, using both. Most brands have a water-proof type now, so you can stick with the same brand for both bases.  "Lipstick" is a whole other issue, I believe. There are so very many different types. Some are made to tint the skin, but not add a shine. I have yet to find one that does what it says it will do in staying on a long time. My sister found an expensive brand that acts as a sort of paint. It also comes with a shiner stick too. She doesn't use that though, and then the color does stay on. I tried a drugstore brand that claimed the same thing, but it did not stay on. I have used some that are a drier kind of stick of color, and they do stay on better. But for me it really dries out my lips too much. I don't like "Lip-pencils" for that same reason. However, my mother won't be without a lip-pencil. I have decided that, in general, for lipstick, I just have to know that I have to redo it often. Not everyone does. I don't know how they do it. For me, it just does not stay on. Maybe I lick my lips too much, I don't know. I just have to re-apply lip color throughout the day.
Jennifer Bone Profile
Jennifer Bone answered
You should always follow the instructions on the pot, tube, or container that look like this:
This picture of an open jar is called a PAO ("Period After Opening") icon and it tells you that once you have opened the product it is good for 24 months, 12 months, 6 months etc.  It is particularly important not to keep any product that goes on your lips (and therefore in your mouth) or on your eyes for longer than is indicated.  The cost of an eyeliner is not worth an eye infection!
All make-up should have a PAO printed on it's packaging.   If anything starts to smell different or changes consistency or colour it is wise to assume it has been contaminated and replace it.

Best practice is to always put caps or lids back on product, sharpen pencils often, and wash brushes regularly in warm soapy water and air dry after patting with a clean towel.  Whenever possible, store your make-up in a cool, dry, dark place.  People naturally have bacteria on their faces and hands so you should never share your make-up with anyone else.

You can also follow these general guidelines:


Liquid foundations should last about 1 year.  Most people replace this product within a year anyway because they have run out.


Most lipsticks last 2-3 years - this sounds long, but lots of people buy a shade they don't wear often and it can sit in their make-up bag for 5 years without them realizing .  If a lipstick starts to smell before 2 years is up, bin it!


This should be replaced every three to six months.  It's tempting to 'pump' the brush in and out of the tube, but try to resist as this introduces more oxygen into the tube which increases you chances of introducing bacteria that could put your mascara off before it's time.  Always close it tightly after use.

Eye and lip pencils

These are quite long lasting and are fine for about 3 years.  Sharpen them often and store with lids on to stop dust etc gathering on the tip.

Powdered compacts - blush and eye shadow

If you diligently use a brush or cotton bud, these easily last 2 - 3 years.  If you use a brush, make sure you clean it regularly.  

Nail polish

Polish will last about 2 years if you remember to put the lid back on tightly after each use.  If you try to shake it before use and it doesn't mix properly, it's time to replace it.

ma fl Profile
ma fl answered
Use special lipstick sealers

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