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Long-Lasting Makeup Tips

From flawless makeup to the perfect hairstyle — here's how to make it all last.


  • Get gorgeous lashes all day! Heat up an eyelash curler with a blow dryer, then (carefully!) crimp your lashes twice: once in the middle, once near the tips.
  • Layering is the key to lasting makeup from foundation to blush. The most important thing when applying the layers is to have a light touch. This keeps your look fresh and natural.
  • For lasting foundation, apply cream or liquid formulas with a sponge only to areas of your face that really need it — avoid a "makeup mask"! Next, apply loose powder with a puff for more control.
  • Add volume to your lashes by dipping a shadow brush in loose translucent powder, closing one eye at a time, and dusting the tops of your lashes. Mascara applied over powder will last longer.
  • To make lipstick last longer, first apply a thin layer of foundation to lips. Line and fill in your whole mouth with a neutral lip pencil. Apply one coat of lipstick, blot, then finish with a light layer of gloss.
  • For lasting eye makeup, first use a sheer, neutral-colored powder shadow as a base. Next, apply liner, followed by another light layer of powder eye shadow. Apply one coat of mascara, allow it to dry, then apply another coat.
  • If you are having trouble with flaky lashes, try applying a coat of eyelash primer before your mascara.
  • Before bronzing or self-tanning, always smooth skin by exfoliating and remember to shave your legs, even if you're a blonde. Peach-colored fuzz? No thanks.



  • A perfume's worst enemies are light and heat (especially in steamy bathrooms!). Keep your bottles in a cool, dark spot and they could last a lifetime.
  • Heat from the friction of rubbing your wrists together after a spritz will make scents fade faster, so lightly press your wrists together – don’t grind.
  • Try layering your spray with a matching body lotion – the oil in the lotion gives the scent extra staying power.
  • When purchasing a scent, ask for a handful of small samples at the counter and keep one in your makeup bag for easy, on-the-go respritzing.
  • Know your strength: The longest-lasting and most expensive formulation is parfum, which has the potential to cling all day. Next comes eau de parfum (lasting from six to eight hours), then eau de toilette (four to six hours), and finally eau de cologne and body splashes, which stick around for one to three hours.
  • Opt for small roll-on concentrates of perfumes that have long staying power and easy application.
  • Fragrance aficionados have been known to wear two different scents at once to create a unique formula known only to them (it takes some experimenting!).
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