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21 Tips And Tricks For Helping Your Makeup Last All Day Long

No smudging, smearing, running, splotching, or fading here! The products in this post were updated in March 2018.

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1. Heat your eyelash curler with a quick burst from your blow dryer to set your lashes for all-day bodaciousness.

Just double check to make sure it's not *too* hot before using it!Check out ModaMob's YouTube page for more makeup tips and tutorials!Get a top-rated eyelash curler (920 five-star reviews!) from Amazon for $9.99.
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Just double check to make sure it's not *too* hot before using it!

Check out ModaMob's YouTube page for more makeup tips and tutorials!

Get a top-rated eyelash curler (920 five-star reviews!) from Amazon for $9.99.

2. Follow up with a lifting, sweat-proof mascara that'll keep the curl and *won't* flake off, even after a SoulCycle class.

Get it from Sephora or Tarte for $23.Promising review: "No mascara I've ever used out of all the high-end, smudge-proof, waterproof, or tubing formulas has held up to my oily eyelids/Australian summer/emergency department workplace. I ALWAYS have raccoon eyes within a couple of hours. Not this time! Now I can get through a whole shift without looking like a crazy woman! To top it off the formula is lovely too!" —Christine
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Get it from Sephora or Tarte for $23.

Promising review: "No mascara I've ever used out of all the high-end, smudge-proof, waterproof, or tubing formulas has held up to my oily eyelids/Australian summer/emergency department workplace. I ALWAYS have raccoon eyes within a couple of hours. Not this time! Now I can get through a whole shift without looking like a crazy woman! To top it off the formula is lovely too!" —Christine

3. After moisturizing, apply a hydrating primer to help your makeup actually stick to your skin (and not end up halfway down your face).

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Get it from Amazon for $5.79.

Promising review: "I love this primer. It works and feels great and helps my skin and foundation look flawless. I have combination skin, and it works great." —Yesenia

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4. Opt for a long-wear foundation specifically designed to last for 24 hours; this Revlon Colorstay formula is oil-free and provides shine control for an all-day matte finish.

Get it from Amazon for $8.49. Available in 22 shades. They also carry the same foundation in a formula for normal/dry skin.Promising review: "I came back to this after years of searching for something better. This has been the best full coverage, long-lasting, oil & fragrance free foundation out there for decades now, especially for the price. I've tried countless high-end products, only to be disappointed in their performance. If you wait for the foundation to fully dry after applying, & then dust some powder on top, it will last ALL day w/o budging — it's truly 24 hours. I should also note that I have oily skin w/cystic acne, multiple blemishes, & some pretty hefty scarring. Colorstay hides it ALL so I can walk around smiling confidently. YESSSS." —TC
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Get it from Amazon for $8.49. Available in 22 shades. They also carry the same foundation in a formula for normal/dry skin.

Promising review: "I came back to this after years of searching for something better. This has been the best full coverage, long-lasting, oil & fragrance free foundation out there for decades now, especially for the price. I've tried countless high-end products, only to be disappointed in their performance. If you wait for the foundation to fully dry after applying, & then dust some powder on top, it will last ALL day w/o budging — it's truly 24 hours. I should also note that I have oily skin w/cystic acne, multiple blemishes, & some pretty hefty scarring. Colorstay hides it ALL so I can walk around smiling confidently. YESSSS." —TC

5. Spritz your whole finished product with a cult-favorite setting spray that seems way more expensive than it actually is.

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.Promising review: "This changed my life! It is just amazing! I'm a waitress, constantly surrounded by food, always sweaty from running around, and I NEVER get a shiny forehead with this stuff! My eyeshadow doesn't move! I mean this is just amazing!" —Erynn
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Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

Promising review: "This changed my life! It is just amazing! I'm a waitress, constantly surrounded by food, always sweaty from running around, and I NEVER get a shiny forehead with this stuff! My eyeshadow doesn't move! I mean this is just amazing!" —Erynn

6. Or try coating your beauty blender with setting spray and dabbing it on your face for targeted coverage that stays 👏 put 👏.

Check out all the details for this technique here.Get the Urban Decay setting spray from Sephora for $32.
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Check out all the details for this technique here.

Get the Urban Decay setting spray from Sephora for $32.

7. Instead of ruining your face full of makeup when you need to reapply sunscreen, try Supergoops's setting spray with broad spectrum SPF 50(!).

No rubbing in = no smearing foundation all over your face.Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $12+.Promising review: "I apply this about 1/2 hour before going out into the sun for an extended period of time over my makeup. Obviously with a face full of makeup, smearing sunscreen will ruin everything. This product allows me to keep my makeup intact while protecting my skin. Because it is a sunscreen mist, be prepared to have a very fine, sheer white mist over your skin. Having used this product for over a year, my skin has not broken out. I like the rosemary scent very much — very refreshing. Make sure to shake well before use." —Biblique
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No rubbing in = no smearing foundation all over your face.

Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $12+.

Promising review: "I apply this about 1/2 hour before going out into the sun for an extended period of time over my makeup. Obviously with a face full of makeup, smearing sunscreen will ruin everything. This product allows me to keep my makeup intact while protecting my skin. Because it is a sunscreen mist, be prepared to have a very fine, sheer white mist over your skin. Having used this product for over a year, my skin has not broken out. I like the rosemary scent very much — very refreshing. Make sure to shake well before use." —Biblique

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8. Apply translucent powder between layers of your lipstick so your pout stays perfect even through mealtime.

Get more info about how to do it here.
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Get more info about how to do it here.

9. Ditch your fading lipsticks and swap them out for 10-hour lippies with rose hip and vitamin B to condition lips, plus water-resistant polymers to make sure staying hydrated doesn't make the color fade.

Get them from Sephora for $14 each. Available in 28 shades.Promising review: "This lipstick is an absolute favorite. Creamy on application, dries very quickly, is SUPER pigmented, and VERY hard to take off — which means it is actually long wearing. I can wear it for a whole day without reapplying without a problem. It is a bit drying, but hey. It lasts through a WHOLE DAY! Who cares?!" —RJaneway
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Get them from Sephora for $14 each. Available in 28 shades.

Promising review: "This lipstick is an absolute favorite. Creamy on application, dries very quickly, is SUPER pigmented, and VERY hard to take off — which means it is actually long wearing. I can wear it for a whole day without reapplying without a problem. It is a bit drying, but hey. It lasts through a WHOLE DAY! Who cares?!" —RJaneway

10. Or try a Beauty Bakerie liquid lipstick for an even longer-lasting commitment — but make sure you apply it the right way so it lives up to the hype. That means you have to let it dry; NO blotting.

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Get them from Beauty Bakerie for $20. Check out all 22 shades here.

Promising review: "Literally the best thing ever. I'm a person who reads through reviews like they are bestsellers and I watch YouTube commenters reviews and take responses with a grain of salt. I particularly remember seeing three reviews on the lip whips and seeing people complaining about stickiness. Then I stumbled on the lovely CEO's video on how to PROPERLY apply the product and that's what prompted me to try it. I bought two. Words can't describe how pleased I am. I followed the directions (lips were exfoliated, thin layers, only doubled up on the outer perimeter of my lips, I let the product completely dry and no blotting at all). When I say staying power, this product has it. I actually have tried every single liquid lipstick available in the US that's available inside stores and many from other independent brands. This is the first actual smudge-proof product I have ever tried. It lasted through greasy pizza, multiple drinks, licking my lips, and a first kiss with my new man. I don't know what to tell you. You can easily pay more for an inferior product. Get with the winning team. Cause I know It's completely worth it." —Avys W.

11. Set your under eye concealer and all your highlighted areas with the baking technique; just press on excess setting powder, let it "cook" while you do something else, and brush it off.

Check out Karina's full baking tutorial here for all the tips and tricks. Find even more inspiration on her Instagram.
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Check out Karina's full baking tutorial here for all the tips and tricks. Find even more inspiration on her Instagram.

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12. Not sure which setting powder to try? Ben Nye's formulas outlast the toughest dance performances and controls perspiration. Plus it comes in a wide range of shades (and a true translucent neutral shade) to match your foundation.

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Get the Neutral Set Translucent Powder (AKA it blends naturally with all skin tones) from Camera Ready Cosmetics for $7+. Check out all the available shades here.

Promising review: "I recently just had my senior prom and as it was approaching, I realized I needed a great setting powder and spray to keep me slaying all night long. Ben Nye's Neutral setting powder really came through for me. I had ZERO flashback and I'm a WOC so that speaks volumes. Also, my beat didn't go anywhere :) Will definitely be ordering again." —Sarah D.

13. Keep your wings as sharp as ever, even at the very end of the work day with Stila's Stay All Day liquid liner.

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Our very own Top Knot team tested nine popular eyeliners on their coverage, bleeding, smudge-resistance, water-resistance, and amount of ink and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner came out on T O P.

Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $22. Available in 12 colors.

Check out the whole testing video here.

14. After you apply your liquid, gel, or pencil eyeliner, set it with eyeshadow in the same color; just lightly pat it in to make it last and last.

Check out all the info here.Get a long-lasting gel pencil eyeliner from Amazon for $16. Available in 13 colors.
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Check out all the info here.

Get a long-lasting gel pencil eyeliner from Amazon for $16. Available in 13 colors.

15. And try the same trick on your cheeks: Start with a cream blush, spritz on some setting spray, and lightly dust a powder blush on top in the same color so those rosy cheeks don't turn patchy by the end of day.

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Get the NYX cream blush on the left from Amazon for $12 (available in nine shades) and the Milani powder blush on the right for $6.97.

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16. Cut the creasing by pregaming your eyeshadow with a primer that actually works *better* than the primers you always hear about.

Get it from Amazon for $19.Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. MAC, Lorac, Urban Decay...they don't hold a candle to this one. I have very oily skin. Using this primer, shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six hours out of the other brands, if I'm lucky. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!" —Melissa Mae
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Get it from Amazon for $19.

Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. MAC, Lorac, Urban Decay...they don't hold a candle to this one. I have very oily skin. Using this primer, shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six hours out of the other brands, if I'm lucky. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you Elizabeth Mott for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!" —Melissa Mae

17. Don't let your sparkly eye shadow turn into Fall Out Boy — lock it in place with a glitter glue that makes the pigments POP and stay POPPING all night long.

Get it from Sephora for $20.Promising review: "I work in a fast food restaurant, so It gets really hot & sweaty sometimes. I tried this with some of my glitters ✨ omg it stayed on all day!! Plus no fall out. Totally recommend." —KJ Alvarez
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Get it from Sephora for $20.

Promising review: "I work in a fast food restaurant, so It gets really hot & sweaty sometimes. I tried this with some of my glitters ✨ omg it stayed on all day!! Plus no fall out. Totally recommend." —KJ Alvarez

18. Fill in your brows with a super precise, wax-based pencil with a fine point for the most natural-looking brows that won't flake off.

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Get it from Amazon for $7.12. Available in five colors.

Promising review: "It's always so hard to find my perfect color for my brows. After reading the reviews and looking ast all of the pictures, I found the perfect one! Normally I buy the Sephora brand skinny eyebrow pencil in Midnight Brown. This was similar to that, but less warm. I love this pencil and will continue to buy. It lasts a long time. I fall asleep in my makeup and my eyeshadow and everything is all rubbed off my face, but my eyebrows will still be on point when I wake up." —Kaar

19. And lock it in place with a matte-finish eyebrow sealer so your eyebrows stay in place until you CHOOSE to take them off.

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*BONUS* This was one of 18 Sex-Proof Beauty Products . Definitely check out the list for makeup that will *not* come off on your pillow.

Get this eyebrow sealer from Amazon for $12.95.

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20. Or tint the skin under your brows for fuller-looking brows that last for DAYS. Literally days.

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Get it from Amazon for $9. Available in three colors.

Promising review: "It's great! I have tried it one time, and I left it to dry for only two hours before I peeled it off, and the tint stayed on for two days, despite extreme rubbing with makeup remover (I know you shouldn't do that, but I wanted to really test the tint's endurance). I think it will last for several days if I do everything right. The dark brown wasn't the right color for me, since I have pink hair. I will buy the gray brown the next time. But the product itself is amazing!" —Helene H.

21. And remove excess oil and shine throughout the day ~WiThOuT~ smudging your carefully-applied face; keep a pack of these green tea-infused blotting sheets specifically for that use.

Aaaaand they smell amazing.Get them from Amazon for $6.95.Promising review: "I absolutely love these blotting sheets! So much better than reapplying heavy powders to get rid of excess oil and sweat. I can easily tidy up my oily skin with these, while still maintaining an impeccable makeup look, and they smell heavenly, too! Would recommend especially in summer when temperatures are high. Just pop it in your purse or pocket and take it everywhere for anytime. After all, they also take up less space than a compact powder and don't make you look chalky the way most powders do." —LeaBee03
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Aaaaand they smell amazing.

Get them from Amazon for $6.95.

Promising review: "I absolutely love these blotting sheets! So much better than reapplying heavy powders to get rid of excess oil and sweat. I can easily tidy up my oily skin with these, while still maintaining an impeccable makeup look, and they smell heavenly, too! Would recommend especially in summer when temperatures are high. Just pop it in your purse or pocket and take it everywhere for anytime. After all, they also take up less space than a compact powder and don't make you look chalky the way most powders do." —LeaBee03

Now if it was only this easy to remove at the end of the day.

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