We’ve all been there… You do your makeup perfectly in the morning and three hours later, you go in the bathroom, look in the mirror and it seems as though your makeup has vanished. Fear not, here are some tips on how to keep your makeup looking fresh all day long.

Foundation Primer

I always thought primer was just a scam for makeup companies to make money, but I decided to give it a try after receiving some free samples of Smashbox’s Photo Finish primer. This oil-free foundation primer not only made my makeup go on smoothly, but also made it last a couple of hours longer than without it. I’m not going to sit here and say it lasts for 24-hours like all the other products say, but it most certainly keeps your foundation looking fresh for a longer period of time. There are hundreds of different types of foundation primers out there for all types of skin! Just a small dab is all you need for a longer lasting effect.

(Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Smashbox Cosmetics)

(Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Smashbox Cosmetics)

Eyeshadow Primer

Another item that I thought was a scam… but it’s not! My personal favorite is Lancome’s Eyeshadow Primer. Just for fun, take a dab of it, rub it on your hand and then put some eyeshadow on top of it and see how the color pops. Put some eyeshadow on another area of not-primed skin and you’ll see the difference it makes.  This skin-colored primer not only pops the color and makes your eyeshadow last longer, but it also covers eyelid veins. It’s probably best to use the same brand eyeshadow as you do eyeshadow primer because the primer is usually engineered specifically for that brand of eyeshadow.

(Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Smashbox Cosmetics)

(Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Smashbox Cosmetics)

Oil Blotting sheets/Pressed Powder

These are my favorite! Sometimes during the day, you find yourself getting rather oily but you can’t wash your face. There’s a solution! Oil blotting sheets and pressed powder. Oil blotting sheets are sold at convenience and grocery stores for under $10.00 a pack, but if you get the store brand they are normally under $5.00. These are lovely because you can put them in your purse and blot your face throughout the day. Right after using the oil blotting sheets, I recommend using a pressed powder. Pressed powder normally restores any color or makeup effect that may have been removed from the oil blotting sheets.

(Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images)

(Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images)

What are your secret makeup tips?

Kendra Salito/ CW44 Tampa Bay

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