Cinderella at 9pm, ugly sister by 2am? Here’s how I keep my makeup looking fresh all night.

Prep your skin
Exfoliate. Wash. Moisturise. Moisturise well, making sure that you give your skin 10-15 minutes to absorb your moisturiser.

If you have oily lids, don’t use a primer. Prep lids by lightly  applying foundation powder over the lids to soak up excess oil.

If you have dry or normal skin on lids, then apply a primer to lids first. My favourite eye primer was discontinued (Ruby & Millie eye base) but the Revlon Photoready eye primer is a pretty good substitute. I also like the Urban Decay Primer Potion.

For no-fuss longevity, it has to be longwear cream shadow. My favourites are Maybelline Colour Tattoo (budget), Bobbi Brown longwear cream shadow (mid-range), and Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/ Liner (mid-range). Smoke it out by applying a cream/ gel liner to the outer corners and the outer crease. Using a cream or gel liner instead of powder shadow will blend better with the cream shadow and will last much longer too.

Line eyes with kohl pencil and then set with black powder eyeshadow. This ensures it won’t slip and run onto your eyelids.

Applying a face primer does more than just filling in pores and smoothing skin. It gives your foundation something to hold on to. Using brightening or illuminating primers is great for achieving a healthy glow. The ‘glow’ may look OTT at first, but it needs to be, as it will be partially covered by your foundation. The net effect will be a healthy-looking glow from within.

The best longwear foundation I’ve used that can really take the heat (and sweat) is Nars Sheer Matte foundation. The light formula of this foundation won’t mask the illuminating primer glow you’ve just applied.

It’s not just me that swears by it for sweat-proof makeup, top makeup artist Sarah Tanno agrees, and she would know. She makes up Lady Gagas dancers; have you seen how energetic those routines are? No sweat for Nars.

Don’t forget, after applying foundation, always set with face powder.

Exfoliate lips with a gentle sugar scrub. Moisturise well and allow time for lip balm or cream to be absorbed by lips before applying lip colour.

Once prepped, it’s time to prime. I swear by Elizabeth Arden Lip Fix cream ( A little goes a long way.

Apply one coat of lip colour, blot, apply second coat. Keep going until you’ve reached the colour intensity you want.

My favourite longwear lip products are Maybelline Superstay 10H Stain Gloss, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. See previous post on pink lipsticks for lip swatches; other shades of each lipstick are available but I just have a thing for bright pinks right now.

For parties you want to keep hair off the face to prevent transfer of oil onto your face ruining your makeup. What are your options? You can pin back front sections of hair (if you want to keep the hair loose), go half-up, or go for a full updo. Here’s a few ideas for each.


Finish all three styles with a mist of strong hold hairspray. My all-time favourite brand is Tresemmé. Either the 4-strength (extra hold – for loose or half-up) or 5 (freeze hold – for updo) is best for this.

Take a final look in the mirror, check how gorgeous you look, then head out for a great night without touch-ups!

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