MAC eye primer

Tips & tricks to making your makeup last!

I hear this all the time.....will my makeup last all day, night, week?

There really isn't a simple answer to this. The longevity of your makeup begins with your skin. If your skin is well maintained, exfoliated, well moisturised you're 80% there. We are not lying when we say that! Makeup sits nicer, it melts nicely into your skin and it gives your makeup a chance to do what its meant to do - last for a long time. If you are preparing for your wedding or a special event I highly advise investing in facials. These skin angels (aka facialist) are well trained in assessing your skin condition and needs and will ensure your skin is in the best condition for the day. For all you Melbourne peeps I highly recommend: or

Once you have sorted your skin out that's when makeup matters. Lets start with your base. Depending on your skin type (oily, combination, dry) I like to use a suitable primer. If you have dry skin a beautiful moisturiser for dry skin is more then sufficient (don't buy into all the marketing!!). For oily, combination or normal skin I like to use a primer. For very oily skin I tend to go for a mattifying or oil free primer, something that absorbs the excess oil. For normal or combination skin you have the freedom to choose the finish - radiant, oil free, illuminate, matte etc. 

Below are some of my favourites: By Terry Hylaronic Primer available at MECCA , Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer available at Selfridges and the iconic Embryolisse 

The only other primer I use on the face is an eye primer. As your eyelids are the oiliest part of your body I HIGHLY recommend using one.... as in YOU HAVE TO USE ONE!!!! My two favourite (tried and tested) are NARS Pro Prime and MAC Prep + Prime 24 hr Extend Eye Base. They will ensure your eyeshadow stays put and assists in the product not creasing or moving around.

Last but not least, once all your makeup is on I like to spray the face with a setting spray. Is this a necessary step? no, but it helps.  A few quick spritz of this unicorn water is all you need before you hit the town! The two I use the most are Model In A Bottle and Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

As mentioned there is no simple answer to ensuring long lasting makeup. These steps will definitely help you get your face party proof ready!

Feel free to contact me with any questions or to book a makeup application.

Zoe Karlis - Melbourne Makeup Artist