How To Make Your Makeup Last All Day

I used to struggle with making my makeup last all day before I started using powders from MAC. Now I don’t have to worry about touching up a million times a day. I like my makeup to last 8 hours so that I don’t have to worry when I am on a day/night out or when I am at work.

I use the MAC Studio Fix Foundation Powder Plus to set my whole face. I use the shade NC30. This powder adds a tiny bit of colour and coverage. I am not a fan of the white cast translucent powders leave, so if you don’t like that either this powder is great. I use the B. finishing brush which picks up just enough product. I do not use this powder with a fluffy or dense brush so I avoid looking cakey. I love how it makes my skin look natural and you cannot see a face full of powder. The powder doesn’t allow my foundation to separate like others have done in the past. I only need to touch up my T-Zone once in 8 hours around lunch time, and I usually apply my makeup at 7am when I am getting ready for work. The product lasts a long time which is why I can justify the price of £24.50 as well as it making my makeup last all day.

I use the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Powder which costs around the same amount. I like this powder as again it doesn’t leave a white cast. I use the light shade to set under my eyes. The powder sets and keeps my concealer on all day. I also use it to set concealer on my eyelids as a shadow base and it does help my shadow to last longer. I use this powder with a small powder brush and it looks natural also.

So these are the two powders that I use to make my makeup last all day. I know they are expensive but I find them totally worth it. I can’t imagine using any other powder. I can count on these powders every time as I know my makeup is not going to slip off- especially in the warmer weather.

What powders do you use to make your makeup last all day? I’d love to know! Click here to see my everyday summer makeup products.


  1. May 29, 2018 / 2:12 am

    For me I find a combination of products are the key to making the makeup last all day, the 2 main components being setting powder and a long lasting setting spray like the urban decay all nighter. Of course the foundation helps but I find lots of my long wearing foundations are a bit tricky to apply so when I’m in a time pinch I don’t have the luxury of reaching for those foundations.

    • Louise
      May 30, 2018 / 8:24 pm

      Yes I have to use setting sprays! I like the makeup revolution ones. Never tried the UD one but I need to xx

  2. em
    June 2, 2018 / 11:08 am

    these powders sound great. I just use MUA’s Loose Powder and I find it works well for me at keeping my makeup last all day! x

    • Louise
      June 3, 2018 / 12:08 pm

      I’ve never tried them! xx

  3. June 3, 2018 / 10:54 am

    This was a really useful post as usual Louise! x Mac, as a brand, is of such a high quality and I love every product I own from them! Like the OG makeup brand! Their foundations are genuinely (they last for my 12 hour days out) but I’ve not given their powders a try yet as I’m normally using something translucent (like Sexy Mama by The Balm, I die by it) but I have to put them on my shopping list! x
    Marina Rosie x

    • Louise
      June 3, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks for your kind comments as always! I have a foundation but I have the wrong shade which is super annoying so I don’t use it! I love The Balm, I didn’t know they have powders! xx

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