long-lasting makeup

Last week I told you about my newly minimized personal makeup kit, which is full of great products. This week, I'm going to focus on how to create makeup looks that last! I'll start by showing you how I approached my own wedding makeup, and then show you some of my favourite products with staying power. Go grab a snack, as this post is a long one!

About a month before our wedding, once I'd settled on a group of products, I did a test run of my bridal makeup look and did a quick self portrait to see how it photographed:

Overall, I was happy with how it turned out, but I definitely planned on adding false lashes for some extra drama and being more generous with the blush, as that tends to fade quite quickly.

When our wedding day arrived, I was feeling pretty prepared! After returning from the salon, the girls and I returned to our hotel room to do our makeup. I'd brought my Temptu airbrush makeup system, so to start off, we all took turns airbrushing each other's faces and décolletage while drinking mimosas.

When creating a makeup look that will last, it's all about product selection and layering. For example, I chose matte finish lipstick, as it dramatically outlasts its satin or glossy counterparts any day. I layered my lipstick on top of liner, which I had used to fill in my lips. In truth, I also layered Covergirl Outlast All Day Lip Color between the liner and the lipstick. This was an indelible combination!

The next five photos below by our wonderful wedding photographer, Lisa Mark.

After priming my lids with an eyeshadow primer, I applied my three matte shades of white, taupe, and medium brown. I curled my lashes, applied my false lashes, and added a bit of mascara to create a better union between the falsies and my own lashes. I then applied liquid liner along the new lashline. To finish the eyes, I filled in my brows with an auburn powder. On my cheeks, I applied a hint of bronzer, a bit of pink blush to the apples, and added highlighter to my cheekbones. That's it!

After the ceremony and before the portraits, I took a moment to touch up my lipstick. This was just an obsessive habit, not really necessary, as that colour wasn't going anywhere!

Here's a time lapse of how the makeup lasted through the reception and into the after party, with no subsequent touchups. My hair didn't fare as well, but that's because one of our guests went a little crazy shaking and spraying a beer on the dance floor, and I was right in the line of fire. So yeah, this makeup lasted through a healthy spray of beer, which does make me proud in a certain way.

Here are some of my favourite products for creating bridal looks for clients, some of which I used for my own wedding makeup.


Inglot Eyeshadow Primer (a must-have base if you want your shadow to stay put)
Benefit High Beam (the secret to glowing skin - apply on cheekbones)
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (melts into skin, and photographs beautifully)
Bare Escentuals Mineral Veil (use this to set your foundation to make it stay longer)
Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Foundation (another great foundation option which lasts forever!)
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (use this first as a base for everything else)
NARS Blush in Amour (a beautiful colour with a matte finish - lasts longer than shimmery blushes)


MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (applied with a slanted brush, this has a creamy consistency)
GOSH Extreme Art Eye Liner in Black (what to use when you need extreme staying power)
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (extremely easy to use; even makeup newbies can create a cat eye with ease using this baby)
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes (this waterproof liner is great and so creamy)


Covergirl Intense Shadowblast in Beige (you can use this as a primer or shadow, or a highlighter)
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Sable (choose a velvety matte shadow for maximum staying power)
MAC Paint in Bare Canvas (also functions as a great base, or a neutral shadow)
Make Up For Ever Metal Powder (if you do want shimmer, use a pigment)
Maybelline Color Tattoo (or a long-lasting cream formula, like this one)
MAC Pigment in Rich Purple (MAC makes the best pigments I've tried)
MAC Pigment in Rose Light (buy pigments during the holiday season when they sell at a great price)


MAC brush (perfect for filling in brows using the next two items)
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Sable (that's right, you can also use eyeshadow as brow powder)
Anastasia Brow Stencil Kit (this kit comes with five different shapes and is great for helping you create beautifully sculpted brows)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Clear (comb the brows and get them to stay)
Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde (tames and fills in brows in a few short strokes)
Hair scissors (for trimming overgrown brows)
Tweezers (for any last-minute touch-ups)


Ardell Fashion Lashes (choose according to your taste)
Duo Eyelash Adhesive in Dark Tone (dries dark and blends with lashes)
Mascara of your choice (any mascara will do when using alongside false lashes)


DuWop Lip Venom (I apply this first or last to puff up lips)
NARS Matte Lipstick in Montego Bay (a nice nude with a very matte finish)
MAC Lipstick in Please Me (a great neutral pink in a creamy matte finish)
Make Up For Ever Mat Lipstick #8 (what I wore at my wedding)
MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Anticipation (this stays on extremely well, and creates a nice base)
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Fuchsia (the best for bright lips)

Each look is customized based on a client's complexion, skin type, and personal style, but the techniques used to make things last remain the same. 

If you have any questions about long-lasting makeup, leave 'em in the comments section and I'll do my best to answer!