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6 Crazy Long-Lasting Makeup Essentials

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We’ve all been there: you hit the town and catch a glimpse of yourself in the taxi cab’s rearview mirror—cue the Kevin McCallister-style scream—you’re greeted by face full of slip-sliding makeup. Rather than pulling off mission impossible (a covert makeup touchup in the backseat of a moving vehicle), use these long-lasting products to look impeccably fresh—no reapplications required.

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Makeup stays put when skin is properly primed. We set the stage for a gorgeous face with Paul & Joe Beauté’s multitasking Moisturizing Foundation Primer, which also doubles as a SPF-infused foundation and a tinted moisturizer.

 

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Your eyelids tend to be oilier than the rest of your complexion—hence the frequent eyeshadow avalanches or crease debacles. An eye-specific primer, like stila’s prime pot, keeps shadow from sliding or fading.

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As much as we love BB cream, we’ve found that a breathable, long-wear foundation formula is much better at masking flaws and discoloration all day long. Oil-free and full of light-diffusing spheres, Smashbox Cosmetics’ Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 is made with a super-sciencey polymetric matrix so that our foundation doesn’t budge for up to 15 hours.

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Especially in the warmer months, we reach for a loose setting powder. Using it under your eyes, on your t-zone, and around your chin before running out the door helps prevent smudging and excess oil buildup. We love Dermablend™’s Professional Loose Setting Powder since the translucent talc formula works with all skin tones.

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Last but not least, use a setting spray on your face once you’ve finished applying all your makeup. We’ve been grabbing Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, which actually lowers the temperature of our makeup even in hot or humid environments so it won’t slip away.

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Avoid cakey-looking or faded blush with theBalm® cosmetics’ InStain® Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush. The buildable formula comes in a range of skin-flattering, natural-looking hues and stands up to heat and humidity. 

—Ally

Check out these five tips to make your makeup truly last all night long. 

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