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.


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

Cheek Color

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

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.


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

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.

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.

Makeup Bags

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