Budge-Proof Makeup: Tips and Secrets


Ever leave the house looking like a glamazon only to realize the magic has faded by noon? Why not invest in makeup that will stay put, no matter what the day brings, because no-one has time for touchups. With warm weather approaching, it’s a particularly good time to stock up on low-maintenance, high-impact products that will stand the test of time. We’ve rounded up the best options on the market, which ones will make it into your cosmetics bag?

How To Keep A Flawless Look

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A primer will provide a canvas that your makeup can stick to. Secret benefit: it will also smooth any imperfections and wrinkles.

Fix and Perfect Foundation Primer



No 28 Primer Serum




Choose a foundation like these that are sweat and humitidy-resistant, with transfer-proof technology to keep coverage in place all day.

Superstay 24-Hour Makeup



15-Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation



Cheek Color

The best cheek stains provide a sheer, blendable wash of color. These options offer buildable rosyness for a natural flush that lasts.

Cheek Stain



Vu En Rouge


Votre Vu

Lip Stain

The saturated colors of most lip stains often come with drying agents that leave you with raisin-like lips. These two boast hydrating technology which means they pack a punch in both the color and moisture department.

Matte Lip Pen



Matte Lip Stain




These liquid eyeliners boast silky, long-lasting formulas and thin, flexible brushes to ensure precision that pays off.

Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner



Liquid Eyeliner


Yves Saint Laurent

Evening Lip Stain

To amp up your look come evening, reach for a glossier lip stain. BY TERRY's option has teeny pearlescent pigments that provide a lip-plumping sheen. Meanwhile, the beloved drug-store option from Maybelline is a lipstick and gloss hybrid that stays on forever.

Riche Caresse Aqua Lacquer Lip Stain


L'Oreal Paris

Tint to Lip Water Color Lip Stain



Makeup Remover

To remove all of these products you're going to need a little more than water. Try these gentle options, designed especially to tackle the longest of the long-lasting.

Color Pro Makeup Artist Wipes



Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover


Bobbi Brown

Makeup Bags

You'll need a pretty pouch to store your new arsenal, choose one that is embellished with embroidery or polka dots.

Embroidered Cosmetic Bag


Star Mela

Polka Dot Cosmetic Pouch


Forever 21