You spend valuable time in the morning applying cosmetics, but by lunch, they seem to have disappeared! To make your makeup
stay put, try these insider secrets.
1. Give facial lotion 10 minutes to absorb. If you apply makeup to a just-moisturized face, it will slide
2. Apply foundation sparingly. Use a sponge or your fingers to dot it where you need coverage, then blend
well. Too much makeup allows room for smearing and running.
3. Use natural light. It will give you a clear picture of how much color you need. If you apply makeup
in too-bright light, you could apply too little -- and it will appear to fade away when you step into the daylight.
4. Set with powder. Sweep loose powder over foundation to help keep it in place.
5. Line your lips. Lip liner gives lipstick something to cling to, making it unlikely that your color
will rub off with your first sip of coffee.
6. Don't put concealer on your eyelids. Many women prime their lids with concealer, but its creamy texture
tends to make shadow crease by midday. Prep lids with loose powder instead.
7. Go for powder products. Cream-based blush and eye shadow smears and rubs off easily; powders stay in
8. Be choosy with long-wearing products. Lipsticks and shadows formulated to be long-wearing are often
dry and chalky. Test long-wearing products on your hand to determine their texture before you buy (chalkiness is not a chic
9. Blot away shine. Your skin's natural oils can cause makeup to run, but applying powder on top of oiliness
looks cakey. Instead, use a blotting paper to dab away shine.
10. Skip heavy eye creams. They're great for moisturizing the eye area, but under makeup, they're too
greasy and they cause smearing. Use an eye gel instead.*