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When creating your makeup look, you want it to last. There is nothing worse than looking in the mirror a few hours after applying your makeup and seeing nothing there. Makeup fading happens due to a few different factors, but it can be prevented; the easiest way is to use a good longwearing foundation. A longwearing foundation will help you create the perfect, even canvas for the rest of your makeup look and will last all throughout the day.
Here are seven great long-wearing foundations that I have depended on for different situations.
Lancome Dual Finish Powder Foundation is one of the very best all-around foundations and the fact that it is long-lasting is a bonus. It has a natural matte finish and can be used wet or dry depending on your desired coverage. Buy it for $39.50.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Foundation gives your skin a completely invisible, natural-looking finish while correcting imperfections to give you flawless coverage. It is a bestseller and loved by the professionals for these reasons, plus the fact that it is long-wearing. Buy it for $43.
NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation glides onto the skin like velvet with the ease of a powder. It features an exclusive luminous enhancing technology that makes the skin appear lit from within as it smooths out imperfections. This one is unique for a long-wearing foundation as it is a powder, but it is an excellent option. Buy it for $49.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation had come highly recommended to me by many professional makeup artists because of its long-wearing quality and buildable, natural-looking coverage. I love the way that this foundation looks and feels on the skin. Buy it for $64.
COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation has a built-in primer right in the makeup. This helps to ensure long wear and a smooth finish plus it provides skin excellent coverage. Buy it for $11.99.
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation gives skin a natural-looking finish with medium coverage. This foundation blends easily and is easy to match a variety of skin tones. It is very long-wearing even in extreme conditions. Buy it for $35.
TIP: Make Foundation Last Longer with Primer and Setting Spray
To ensure that you get the most extended wear out of your foundation (even the best long-wearing foundation can use some help), you should invest in two extra products. The first product that you need is a foundation primer.
A foundation primer will help prep, prime and smooth your skin's surface so that it becomes the perfect base layer. My favorite foundation primers are here, here, here and here. I use a different primer depending on the situation and thickness or type of foundation (cream/powder/liquid).
The second product you should buy is a foundation or makeup setting spray. A setting spray will lock in your entire makeup look, reduce shine and extend the wear of your makeup for the day. My favorite makeup setting sprays are here and here.
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