Shopping for a base that mops up oil or gives good glow is the easy part. But finding a foundation that doesn't disappear before lunch? Yeah, not so easy. Primer helps, but a truly long-lasting foundation is the holy grail, and nobody knows that better than the people who make a living out of putting on makeup.
Think about it: Makeup artists need their work to last on shoots in dreamy (yet sweaty) climes, on 15-hour days in the studio, and when a famous client has a red carpet run. The real pros test everything in a bid to discover a base that lasts, and we want in on their secrets. After all, we're sick of our once-flawless base slipping off too fast. Aren't you?
So we quizzed seven top makeup artists on their go-to long wear foundations for celebrity clients, lengthy shoot days and weepy weddings. Keep scrolling to see their favourite picks…
"I was shooting in Jamaica in 27°C heat, so to get any makeup on to the model’s face was at best a struggle. The benefit of MAC Pro Longwear Foundation is that the texture glides on to the skin, making blending a breeze and it creates a fresh, luminous effect that has impressive longevity. The foundation withstood a waterfall where there was water, humidity, and an overheated model—and it still looked gorgeous."
"Once I was called to do Noisette singer, Shingai Shoniwa's, makeup for a whole day charity event. Throughout the day she had interviews with various magazines and newspapers, red carpet, live performance and dinner. She has an incredible style and that day she had about four outfit changes with some makeup variations. For this particular event, I used this Nars foundation and it was incredible. Her skin looked fresh in every picture and even after her performance she looked great."
"This is one of my favourite lon- lasting foundations. It is full coverage with 24-hour wear. I recently had a 5: 30 a.m. call time and this particular job didn’t wrap until around 8 p.m. This foundation is perfect for those moments when you have no time to touch up and are on the move for long periods of time. The matte finish and coverage of the foundation keeps your skin looking perfect and fresh all day and night."
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"It gives amazing coverage and lets skin breathe, so it doesn't clog your pores if you wear it for long periods of time. I used this on Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) for the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice press junkets and red carpet premiere, and even under the TV lighting and many, many hours of press interviews, it still looked flawless and didn't budge."
"The oil-free formula is medium to full coverage but never looks dry or cakey. It contains shea butter and glycerine, which keep the skin feeling moisturised, and vitamins C and E, which are great antioxidants. It lasts for up to 12 hours and performs brilliantly in hot and humid conditions. If I’m ever working in a hot location, it’s the foundation I reach for as it doesn’t run or slip. I just did a wedding in Tuscany and it stayed put in the 30°C heat!"
"I was using this while working at the Rio Olympics. It proved its worth in a whole host of early morning starts, through humidity, rain, sunshine, storms and everything else in between—managing to keep the talent and presenters looking fab all day and, sometimes, night long."
"I use this for practically every red carpet or event I do [Ed. note: Clients include Cara Delevingne and Olivia Munn]. It truly looks gorgeous from beginning to end. The first time I used it was for a dear friend's wedding. I was amazed at how well the foundation wore the entire night, but I was really convinced when I saw the photos from the celebration. The photo they chose to hang on their wall was taken well into the evening. I hadn't touched her up, she'd been dancing and kissing, and still looked flawless."
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