When I first started wearing make up I really didn’t understand the importance of prepping the skin or setting my foundation. Now there are certain steps I can’t go without doing! I thought I’d share with you some pearls of wisdom I’ve picked up along the way and tips that’ll have your make up lasting all day. 

Skincare is such a vital element when it comes to prolonging the life of your make up and giving you a helping hand with creating an even, flawless base. It all starts with cleansing and following up with a moisturiser. I use the Dermalogica Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturiser because it’s a mattifying product that moisturisers my face without leaving a heavy residue. If you have problems with your under-eye concealer caking or flaking then an eye cream is a must-have! I recommend the Clarins Extra-Firm Eye Lift Perfecting Serum which is a little exy in price but my tube has lasted a year and a half so it’s a worthy investment. It’s suitable for all skin types and does a little bit of everything. If you’re a lipstick lover then applying a lip balm whilst you do the rest of your make up will help create a smooth canvas. A fantastic lip balm is the Go-To Lips Super Balm which will quickly heal any chapped lips and leave them feeling super soft.

Along with prepping your skin introducing primers will really change the way your foundation lasts or the finish you get. There are many different primers that’ll give you lots of different of different finishes. If you’re after a primer that’s going to make your skin look flawless, glowing and dewy then the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer is incredible and yes it will work for combination oily girls too (more on that soon). If you’re after a basic primer that will create a smooth base and help prolong the wear of your foundation then the Bloom Make Up Base will be perfect for you. Make sure to take your primers right up under the eyes as well!

Now onto the part that used to scare me – setting your foundation. There is nothing more annoying then when you’ve got your make up looking amazing and then you apply a powder that appears cakey or just ruins that beautiful finish – am I right?! I’ve recently culled a few powders and switched to translucent setting powders which is really working for me. I absolutely adore the Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder and the La Mav Mattifying Powder applied with the Furless PRO3F Brush. Both leave the skin feeling silky, set your base without alternating how it appears and prolong the life of the make up. A tiny bit goes a long way so make sure when you’re using loose powders that you tap off the excess on your brush to avoid a white cast over the skin. The only non-transluscent powder I’ve kept in my routine is the Physicians Formula Super BB Powder. An old favourite but one I keep in my handbag for touch ups because it doesn’t cake up but still reduces shine well.

Under the eyes it’s also equally as important to set your concealers because it’ll prevent products from slipping around or creasing. My favourite brush to set product under the eye is the Real Techniques Setting Brush. It fits perfectly in the eye area and allows for a more precise application. I’m also really enjoying the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder which is such a cult favourite and I can see why. I would say that it’s very similar to the Invisible Loose Setting Powder but it has little shimmer particles (nothing crazy don’t stress) so it reflects the light and brightens the area even more.

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    Great post! I also never realised how important prepping and setting was until I delved more into the world of beauty. I absolutely love the sound of all the Laura Mercier products you mentioned, I’ve been dying to get hold of the loose powder! x

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      The loose powder is gorgeous! A little bit goes such a long way so it’s going to last forever. You can’t really go wrong with Laura Mercier base products in my opinion. xx

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    Until I started blogging I didn’t know anything about prep and setting. My favourite primer is the benefit porefessional and my favourite powder is the L’oreal BB powder which is so amazing for the price!

    Coleoftheball xx

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    I’ve always been a powder lover, so I guess I was setting my makeup before I even knew you were meant to! I never even knew primers existed until the internet, though, as there aren’t a huge amount in Australia to choose from at the pharmacy.

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      I completely agree! I wish more brands in the pharmacy would bring out better varieties for primers. Australis are releasing three new ones soon (currently trying them out) so hopefully that means more brands will soon! x

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    I’m currently using my primers on half my face & half my face without right now to see if they actually work & if so, to see if they do what/give the finish that the claim. I have 1 that looks like it doesn’t do anything to help my makeup.


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      What one is that? I’d love to know :)
      I think some work better then others. At the moment I’m into radiance primers because my skin has been looking so crappy – they help make everything look better :P

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        It’s Inika’s Pure Primer. I actually used it under my MAC Mineralised Skin Finish Foundation yesterday & it definitely helped that but doesn’t help my other Foundations.

        I’ve never taken much notice of what Primers do what until lately. Just getting more into them, & learning more about them.


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    Priming is a must for me, I just feel so uneasy putting foundation directly on my skin, ya get me? I always set my makeup with powder too. The Laura Mercier Brightening powder sounds great for those undereye bags.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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    I’m still not into the whole primer thing. I think I just haven’t managed to find the right one! Powders are a definite game changer for me though, I can’t leave the house without a little dusting. My favourite powder is the Laura Mercier Compact Foundation Powder, with a duo fibre brush it looks lovely x

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    I agree! Proper setting and priming will help your skin better absorb the makeup so you won’t have to keep re-touching. If you come to think of it, it is very practical as it can save you a lot of makeup in the long run!

    Abby of My Hair Care

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