How to Make Your Makeup Last All Day

Beauty blogger Hoang-Kim applying Dermablend loose setting powder in her master bathroom with white marble countertops wearing a blue Draper James dress with gold Kendra Scott Earrings
This post is in partnership with Ulta. All opinions are my own.

One of my most asked questions involving makeup is how to make your makeup last all day. I can totally understand the appeal. You spend time carefully applying your foundation, concealer and more so you can look your best, only to have it start to wear off in a few hours. I’m so excited to share my number one secret: setting powder!

Ulta is having a 21 Days of Beauty Event where each day they feature unbelievable pricing on your favorite beauty products. Today, my favorite setting powder by Dermablend is 50 percent off, making it only $14.90! Be sure to check Ulta’s site to see what savings you can score during September! Each day it’ll be something different and some of the items are Ulta exclusives!

I’ve always loved playing with makeup. I remember watching some of the very first makeup tutorials on YouTube in 2006 and teaching myself what I could! I got pretty far watching these tutorials! In 2014, I was getting ready to compete at the Miss Nebraska USA pageant and my dear friend who is an extremely talented makeup artist decided it was time for a proper lesson. I learned so much and it’s thanks to his lessons my makeup skills are where they are today!

Blogger Hoang-Kim dipping her powder brush into Dermablend loose setting powder to set her makeup Blogger Hoang-Kim applies Dermablend loose setting powder to set her makeup in her bathroom wearing a Draper James floral dress

If I’m going to wear eye makeup, I always apply that first. It’s better and more efficient to do your eyeshadow and liner first, that way if you mess up, you can fix it without having to re-do your foundation!

This has been my go-to foundation for years. It has incredible staying power. However, setting everything with powder is how to make your makeup last all day. I’ve used Dermablend since 2015 and it’s my absolute favorite. It’s the #1 Dermatologist recommended coverage brand. Plus, it’s cruelty-free!

I stray here and there to experiment or to use a pressed powder. But if I really need my makeup to last and look perfect, I reach for Dermablend. It’s super important to make sure your face is dry. The powder locks in your makeup and will make it stay in place all day.

I like to use a tapered brush or beautyblender to really press the powder under my eyes on top of concealer. Use a little more than you think because you want to kind of “bake” it in there. You can easily wipe away the excess when you’re all done with your makeup, but this is what helps prevents your concealer from creasing!

Dermablend Loose Setting Powder

When I first started using this loose setting powder it only came in translucent. Now, it comes in three shades: original, cool beige and warm saffron. I can see the allure to getting one of the two colors. However, I highly recommend translucent powder. It will not make your face look white, I promise. Plus, you can use it no matter how tan or pale you get depending on the season.

Pro Tip: I forgot about this since it’s been a few months since I purchased a new jar, but leave the sponge inside! Otherwise, the powder will shift from the bottom of the jar to the top, which is where you tap your brush. Trust me, you don’t want a ton of powder sitting in the top portion because when you open it, it will fly into the air.

Dermablend loose setting powder from Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty  Blogger Hoang-Kim applying Dermablend loose setting powder, which is her secret to getting makeup to stay all day Blogger Hoang-Kim applying Dermablend loose setting powder from Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty in her bathroom

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