After weeks of indulging, relaxing, hibernating and spending QT with family and friends, the New Year arrives and you’re pumped to hit the ground running. As you rattle through your resolutions and start to make a game plan for how you’ll meet—and exceed!—them, it’s important to declutter your responsibilities to make room for progress. One of the places to omit headaches is from your makeup routine. While some formulas look great when you head off to the office, they can’t last past lunchtime before smudge and runs appear. To the rescue are smart makeup-artist hacks and product picks that will make your look last throughout the day. You have enough glass ceilings to shatter and promotions to negotiate and these tips allow you to worry less about your eyeliner, lipstick, foundation—and more.
1. Face Primer: COOLA Daydream® Mineral SPF 30 Makeup Primer Sunscreen
Everyone has their step-by-step process for getting ready to face the world in the morning. For most, it starts with coffee and ends with an amped-up playlist to motivate and inspire. But in between? Don’t forget the primer that goes before you apply any lick of makeup. As Stromberg explains, a makeup primer like this one from Coola will ward away cumbersome smudges. “Depending on the formula, they may reduce oiliness of the lids by mattifying or may add a soft shimmer. Primers will even out skin tone and help with the overall application by intensifying the pigment,” she notes.
2. Liquid Foundation: Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15
When choosing a high-coverage foundation that’ll last through your early meetings, your afternoon coffee date and dinner with your best friends, Cooper suggests following two key steps. Apply a long-lasting formula like this one from Tarte and then blot your foundation with some linens before you dab on your powder. “This technique absorbs the oil and leaves the pigment of the makeup behind. It cuts down on shine and your foundation will last longer,” Cooper explains.
3. Eyeshadow: RMS Beauty Swift Shadow
When looking for an eye makeup look that’ll take you from morning to night, dermatologist Dr. Janet H. Prystowsky, MD, Ph.D. says that a sweat-proof ingredient list [like waxes and oils] is the way to go. Enriched with wild-crafted buriti oil and organic jojoba oil, this powder eyeshadow delivers a dose of intense color even with just one quick sweep on your lids.
4. Liquid Liner: Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
If you’re looking to flaunt a styled eye that not only catches attention but looks defined, a sophisticated liner can go a long way. Whether you wear it for a board meeting or an evening gala, Cooper recommends throwing out your ole’ pencil out ASAP. “Liquid liners are bulletproof! They don’t wear off and they don’t smudge. A liquid eyeliner can be used on the lid and on the waterline,” Cooper continues. This particular formula from Stila can beat precipitation from the sky or an office hot flash without worry.
5. Cream Blush: Stila Cosmetics Convertible Color
We can’t all be #blessed with cheeks that flush in the heat or the chill, so many turn to blush to do the job. Carly Giglio, the head of pro artistry for Stila Cosmetics, says cream products are usually your best bet if you want that pinched-pink look to stick. “I feel they melt into the skin and make it easier to manipulate. Especially for this time of year, something creamier but not too greasy to avoid extra slip,” she explains. “Don’t be afraid to layer, as well: a cream blush is beautiful but for a little extra stay and punch dust a powder blush on top,” advises Giglio.
6. Lip Pencil: Jouer Cosmetics Long-Wear Creme Lip Liner
Though a long-wear formula lippie is a smart buy, you’ll need to make sure you pair the look with a creamy pencil to fill in the whole mouth, too, according to makeup artist and co-founder of Metro Look, T. Cooper. “A lot of people only use it on the perimeter to outline the shape. If you fill in your lips with a creamy liner—preferably a similar color to your lipstick—you’ll still have color on your mouth even if your lipstick starts to fade,” Cooper notes.
7. Cream Lipstick: jane iredale Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick
Another way to ensure your kiss-print stays smoochable and bright is to look at the ingredients. Hannah Hatcher, global makeup artist and educator for jane iredale cosmetics explains that formulas which utilize waxes and oils stick around longer than competitors—and won’t break you out. Enriched with a wax blend and moringa oil, this cream formula contains hydrating and skin safe ingredients for that long-lasting lip.
8. Setting Powder: Supergoop!® Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45
If you haven’t been using a setting powder or spray, it’s time to implement this beauty into your routine. It might seem like it’s only necessary for the runway or the movies, but celebrity makeup artist Kate Strombergexplains that this miracle worker is designed to preserve makeup for the long haul. “Like lipsticks, setting sprays come in various formulas ranging from hydrating to mattifying, while some are even climate balancing and will help to stop meltdowns in the summer and keep your skin hydrated in winter,” she explains. This find from Supergoop will ensure that your skin is hydrated and protected from UV rays, which poses a threat in colder temps, too.