Imagine spending a good one hour on your makeup, like really working hard to look your best. And then when you decided to check on your hard work three hours later, you're greeted by a nightmare: smudged eyeliner, runny mascara, oily skin, and patchy lipstick. Yikes!
Point is, putting on makeup is one thing, and making it stay all day is another. The latter, believe it or not, relies heavily on technique. And who better to talk about technique than wedding makeup artists? They keep blushing brides blushing all day long and prevent a panda-eye situation from ever happening. That said, we thought it was only proper to get the best long-wear beauty tips from the real pros! Scroll down and score their secret techniques.
1. Focus on good skin prep.
All the makeup artists we spoke with couldn't stress this enough. Makeup is guaranteed to last longer if your skin is cleansed, moisturized, primed, and set with the right products and techniques. More importantly, choose products that suit your skin type and will give you the look you desire.
Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer, Rustan's Makati; Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer, Beauty Bar
2. Give skin care enough time to sink in. — Chinky Tanjangco
Makeup generally adheres better to a smooth base that isn't too sticky. So as important as moisturizing is, give it enough time to set before moving on with another step.
3. Blot the skin before applying makeup. — Nikki Tiu
Like Chinky, Nikki thinks that a non-tacky base absorbs product better. "I always make sure to touch their face and check for extra moisture," says Nikki. "If there is, I use a clean tissue and gently press [it on the skin] to absorb excess oil for makeup not to slide off [throughout the] day."
4. Layer products strategically to prolong their weartime. — Nikki Tiu
"To help blush stay longer, I always use a cream-based blush first before setting it with a powder blush." Doing this will combine the staying power of the cream and the powder, making them last longer. You can do this with your contour, highlight, and lipstick as well!
IMAGE Cargo, NYX
Cargo Cosmetics Swimmables Blush in Bali, P1250 Beauty Bar; NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural, SM Megamall
5. Avoid applying too much product under the eyes. — Ara Fernando
This means being light-handed with eyeliner, eyeshadow, and especially concealer. "It tends to run or crack as the day goes by," Ara shares. "Plus, when the bride cries, accidents (a.k.a. panda eyes) can happen!"
6. Powder using a powder puff. — Mark Qua
Mark doesn't simply sweep powder with a brush to set a client's makeup. Instead, he uses a "press and roll" technique with a powder puff. This pushes the powder onto the skin better.
Laura Mercier Velour Powder Puff, Rustan's Gateway
7. For special occasions, opt for airbrush makeup. — Effie Go Iñigo
"Airbrush hasn’t let me down. And I have been using it for 10 years already," raves Effie. "Aside from it being hygienic, it gives a very natural look—like second skin. And, it blends easily and evenly into the skin without a lot of effort in blending." Airbrush makeup requires minimal touchups as well, and it withstands humidity better than most liquids and creams. So if you're feeling a bit fancy, try it out!
8. Know the key ingredients of your foundation. — Patrick Alcober
According to Patrick, we have to be careful with mixing foundations. For example, silicone and oil-based foundations don't mix well with water-based ones, and attempting to combine them will lead to your makeup melting off quicker. It'll also apply very unevenly, which isn't the look you want. Therefore, try to keep your skin care, primer, and foundation formulas similar so everything will mesh well and stay put.
9. Waterproof your eyes. — Precious Medina
With the amount of crying that happens at weddings, waterproofing your eyes are a must. The same goes with hot weather, where oily eyelids and sweat might cause your eye makeup to run. "I prefer gel eyeliners over pencil eyeliners because I can control the thickness of the lines," says Precious. "They also glide on smoother, and last better on the eyes." She uses budgeproof brow pomades as well, and waterproof mascara to finish the eyes.
IMAGE Maybelline, MAC
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, Watsons; MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack, Powerplant Mall
10. Blot your lipstick. — Precious Medina
Here's another tip from Precious. She dries and blots lipstick several times to make it stay. First, she blots the lips with a tissue. Then, she tints the lips with a lip stain and lets that dry before proceeding to the lipstick. For longer wear, she sweeps some loose powder over the lips.
11. Seal the final look with a setting spray. — Rick Calderon
As a last step, use a finishing spray. Rick swears by Skindinavia's Bridal Finishing Spray for this. "It sets the make up without removing the glow," he ensures.
IMAGE Digital Traincase, Sephora
Skindinavia Bridal Finishing Spray, P1500, Digital Traincase; Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix, SM Megamall