Long-Lasting Formal Makeup Tips

Creating an impeccable, enduring makeup look for special events can be a delightful yet challenging endeavour. At Makeup By Dalia, our expertise is in crafting styles that not only captivate but also endure through the day’s activities. In this guide, we share our professional insights on achieving a long-lasting, radiant appearance that ensures you remain stunning from morning to night.

1. Prime for Perfection

  • Understanding Your Skin Type: Select a primer that complements your skin. For oily skin, a mattifying primer works wonders, while a hydrating primer is ideal for dry skin.
  • Application Tips: Apply the primer with a gentle touch, focusing on areas prone to oiliness or where makeup tends to fade.

2. Foundation That Lasts

  • Choosing the Right Formula: Look for foundations labelled as ‘long-wear’ or ’24-hour’. These are formulated to resist sweat and humidity.
  • Expert Application: Use a brush or sponge for even coverage. Build up in layers for areas needing more coverage, ensuring a natural, non-cakey look.

3. Seal with Powder

  • The Right Powder: Translucent powders are great for all skin tones. For extra coverage, a tinted powder can be used.
  • Technique Matters: Apply with a large, fluffy brush for a light, even dusting. Focus on the T-zone and under the eyes to set concealer.

4. Eye Makeup Essentials

  • Long-Wear Products: Invest in quality waterproof eyeliners and mascaras. They are key to preventing smudges and runs.
  • Eyeshadow Longevity: Use an eyeshadow primer and consider cream eyeshadows for a base – they tend to last longer. For more insights and detailed guidance on achieving stunning and enduring eye makeup, be sure to check out our dedicated Eye Makeup Blog.

5. Long-Lasting Lips

  • Prep Your Lips: Start with a lip scrub and balm for a smooth base.
  • Layering Technique: After lining your lips, fill them in with the liner before applying lipstick. Blot and reapply for added longevity.

6. Setting Spray: The Final Touch

  • Choose Wisely: There are setting sprays for different finishes – matte, dewy, or natural. Pick one that aligns with your desired look.
  • How to Apply: Hold the spray about an arm’s length away and mist your face in an “X” and “T” motion for thorough coverage.

7. Additional Tips for Endurance

  • Touch-up Tricks: Carry blotting paper and a mini powder for quick fixes.
  • Hydration is Key: Drink plenty of water and keep your skin well-moisturised in the days leading up to the event.

8. Focus on the Eyes: The Window to Your Soul

  • Eyeshadow Techniques: Use a light shade as a base over the entire lid. This not only evens out the skin tone but also provides a canvas for darker shades.
  • Blending is Key: To avoid harsh lines, blend your eyeshadows seamlessly. This technique not only creates a professional look but also helps the makeup to set better on the skin.
  • Waterproof Eyeliners: For your eyeliner, a gel formula can offer both intensity and longevity. Set it with a matching eyeshadow to ensure it stays put.

9. The Art of Perfect Brows

Brow Products: Choose a waterproof brow product. Pencils, pomades, and gels are great for defining and filling in brows.

Application Tip: Use short, light strokes to mimic natural hairs and create a more natural-looking brow.

10. Contouring and Highlighting

  • Layering Products: Start with a cream contour and highlight, then set it with a powder. This layering technique ensures your contour and highlight stay vibrant and in place.
  • Blending Techniques: Use a damp beauty sponge for cream products and a fluffy brush for powders to blend seamlessly.

11. Blush for a Lasting Flush

  • Cream Blushes: A cream blush under a powder blush not only adds dimension but also longevity.
  • Application Tips: Smile and apply on the apples of your cheeks, blending upwards towards the temples.

12. The Secret to Smudge-Proof Lipstick

  • Prep Your Lips: Exfoliate your lips and apply a hydrating balm the night before. Before applying lipstick, blot away excess balm.
  • Layering Lipstick: Apply one coat of lipstick, blot with a tissue, and then apply a second layer. This helps to set the colour and extend its wear.

13. Don’t Forget the Neck and Decolletage

  • Matching Your Makeup: Ensure your face makeup blends seamlessly into your neck and decolletage for a natural, cohesive look.
  • Setting Products: Use a setting powder or spray on these areas too, especially if you are wearing a low-cut dress.

14. Touch-Up Kit Essentials

  • What to Carry: Include blotting paper, a mini powder, lipstick, and a small concealer for any necessary touch-ups during the event.
  • Compact Mirror: A must-have in your kit to check and correct any makeup mishaps.

15. Pre-Makeup Skin Prep

  • The Night Before: Use a gentle exfoliator and a hydrating mask the night before the event. This ensures a smooth and hydrated canvas for the next day.
  • Morning Of The Event: Apply a light moisturiser and an eye cream about 20 minutes before starting your makeup routine.

16. The Role of Hydration and Diet

  • Internal Hydration: Drink plenty of water in the days leading up to the event. Hydrated skin holds makeup better and looks more vibrant.
  • Healthy Diet: Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can improve skin’s health, providing a natural glow.

17. Practice Makes Perfect

  • Trial Runs: Don’t hesitate to do a makeup trial run before the event. This helps you understand how the products perform over several hours.
  • Note What Works: Keep track of which products and techniques worked best for your skin type and the event’s conditions.

18. Understanding Your Skin’s Needs

  • Skin Type Matters: Tailor your makeup products to your skin type. Oily skin benefits from mattifying products, while dry skin may need more hydrating formulas.
  • Seasonal Adjustments: Adjust your makeup routine according to the season. Summer might call for more sweat-resistant products, while winter requires more moisturising ones.

19. The Power of Good Brushes

  • Invest in Quality: Good quality brushes can significantly improve the application of makeup. They help in blending products seamlessly, ensuring a more natural and long-lasting finish.
  • Cleaning Your Brushes: Regularly clean your brushes to prevent product build-up and bacteria, which can affect your skin and the quality of your makeup application.


Achieving long-lasting makeup is an art, and at Makeup By Dalia, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. For more personalised advice or to book our professional services for your next event, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Let us help you look and feel your absolute best.

Frequently Asked Questions

Use a long-wear foundation, apply in thin layers, and set with a powder.

Brands like Estee Lauder, MAC, and Urban Decay are known for their long-wear products.

Use an eyeshadow primer and opt for cream eyeshadows as a base.

Yes, by using waterproof products and setting sprays designed for this purpose.

Yes, formal makeup is tailored for special occasions, focusing on long-lasting, photo-ready perfection and often includes techniques like contouring and highlighting.

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