How to Make Your Makeup Last in 2 Steps

Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 8.03.18 PMIt’s June, also known as Wedding Season. At a recent wedding I didn’t retouch my makeup the entire day. It lasted 16 hours! With the exception of my hair being a little tussled at the end of the night, I looked the same as I did that morning. One question people often ask me is, How do you make your makeup last so long? There are two things I do to ensure my makeup stays: First, I use Arbonne Makeup Primer. Second, I use Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.   Below, you can see a before-after comparison of me–before a masquerade ball and after I came home.

First Step: Arbonne Primer

1553535_622294874521871_2661201014336287234_oArbonne Primer is the first step in my makeup routine—well, technically second. (I apply my moisturizer, Arbonne’s RE9 Day Cream with SPF 20, before I put anything on my face.) Then I put on my primer—the purpose of a primer is twofold: First, to create a flawless canvas before you apply any cosmetics.  Primer minimizes wrinkles, fine lines, and pores.  Second, to make your makeup last. For years, my makeup would fade after a few hours because I didn’t use primer—in fact, I didn’t know what it was.

How to Apply Primer

I apply primer using these affordable blending sponges from Target, which come with and without latex. The less your fingers touch your face, the better because our fingers contain oils. When I use sponges, my skin appears clearer and I’m less prone to acne. Also our fingers are constantly exposed to germs from mundane objects like doorknobs, cell phones, and keyboards. Minimizing touching your face decreases your chances of getting sick.

Last Step: Urban Decay Setting Spray

After I put on my primer, I put on foundation. Then I put on my blush. Afterwards, I put on lipstick. Depending on where I’m going, I may use bronzer and eyeliner. After all of that is done, I take the Urban Decay Setting Spray and hold it seven inches away from my face. With my eyes closed, I give it one spritz.

Don't let this be you!
Don’t let this be you!

Note: Do not apply mascara before using the setting spray because you will look like a clown. A very sad clown. If I’m going to wear mascara, I put it on after I use the setting spray.   Some people use primer everyday and save the setting spray for formal occasions like weddings.

An Alternative to Foundation: Arbonne’s Primer

During the summer, I tend to wear less makeup because of the humidity and heat. Oftentimes I put on primer and skip the foundation, which makes my beauty routine faster. The primer smoothes out my fine lines, making my complexion appear clearer.

Shameless Plug

As many of you know, I am an Arbonne Independent Consultant. Arbonne is a natural organic skincare and cosmetics company. Our products do not contain the toxins used by 90% of U.S. cosmetics companies. I’ll be honest: While Arbonne has done wonders for my skin (I’m wearing less makeup because their RE9 anti-aging line has been great for my skin), my main goal is to pay for my many medical bills. If you’re interested in purchasing the primer or have questions about Arbonne, just leave a comment below.   Arbonne is not like most skincare companies; we sell via our consultants.  However, if you are in a hurry, please input my Consultant ID (#14046034) when you make purchases on

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