Ask An Expert: The Secret To Lasting Makeup

Our goal is to bring you, our lovely readers, important information about the latest beauty news, products, and techniques. So what better way to find out what you want to know, than to ask you! Every week, we take a question from one of our readers and consult an expert to get you the answers you need. This week we asked celebrity makeup artist, Desirae Cherman, to give her expert advice on some of your questions.

Via Twitter, @tampagirl29 asks, “What are the best tips and products for making make up last all day?”

According to Cherman, the secret to lasting makeup is choosing silicone-based products. “Silicone tends to hold up better in temperature changes and also lasts longer throughout the day,” she says. One she recommends is Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation SPF 20 ($59).

In addition, she recommends using a makeup primer. “Primers are a great way to start your makeup application. It helps makeup hold on longer and provides a clear canvas to help your makeup go on evenly and smoothly.” Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($52) is her primer of choice because it contains SPF 15 as an added bonus.

“The basis of good makeup is good skin, and what you start with,” says Cherman. “You always want to start off with clean skin. You want to go with something that's for your specific skin type. Then follow cleansing with a toner. Toners are always good because they open up your pores and hydrate your skin before you apply moisturizer. After using a toner, you want to go in with a great moisturizer. By having hydrated skin and using a primer, your makeup goes on more smoothly and you don't need as much."

If you use moisturizer with SPF (which can be extra oily), make sure it soaks into your skin completely or blot off the excess with a tissue before applying makeup. If not, the extra oil can break down your foundation and affect how long it lasts.

We hope this information helps! Keep asking us questions on Facebook and Twitter, and we'll keep giving you answers.

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  • Paula

    Is it possible that a certain primer may not work with mineral powder makeup? It seems like it doesn't allow it to set. Any suggestions/tips?

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  • Cindy

    How do I know what skin type I am? I feel like my skin can get really dry sometimes and oily other times. I've tried skin-care and make-up products for combination skin but they don't see to work well. Expert advice would be greatly appreciated.

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