Tip of the Day: Touching up Your Makeup

by Roxanne C.

When a girl wears makeup for more than just a few hours at a go, it’s always best to have some beauty products at hand so that we can touch up whenever the grime gets to us. A study has shown that by 10am in the morning, about two to three hours after we first apply our makeup for a work day, our makeup has already “deteriorated” (not the exact term used but that’s what I recall) and we no longer look our best. Here are some of my tips to teach you how to touch up your makeup so that you can look fresh all day long.


Models have professionals to help them but we don't.


First of all, the base makeup has to be right. This means no over-powdering when first applying foundation. Adding too much foundation the first time round will give a cakey finish that looks fake and heavy. Good for the stage, not good for school, dinner or work. When it’s time to touch up, use dry facial tissues instead of blotting paper to absorb off the excess sebum and some dirt. Some foundation or loose powder may come off at this point but that’s OK because you’re going to add some on later.


In your cosmetics pouch, make sure you have with you at least one retractable Kabuki brush, compact powder, blush and lip colour, which could either be a gloss, tint or lipstick. Once you’ve dabbed away the gross stuff with the tissue, use the brush to swirl on some foundation or powder on parts of the face that had most of the foundation removed. These would most likely be the forehead, T-zone, cheeks and chin. The further away from the centre of the face, the less you’ll need to pile on the extras. Next, add a touch of blush to the cheeks and then some lip colour. Boogey up your hair and voila! You’re done.


If you find that you’ve to touch up dark smoky eye makeup, which, by right, shouldn’t be worn for many hours at a go unless you’re at the club, you’re wearing the wrong kind of makeup. Eye colours and mascaras are unnecessary habitants in a cosmetics pouch and just add bulk or weight. Never use blush that is too dark or it’ll make you look older than you really are. Remember that touching up of makeup doesn’t mean that you do up your entire face all over again. It simply means that you take off what’s a little ruined and replace it with a fresh, new layer.





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Image credits: Stephen Marr