My Work Makeup That's Suuuper Long-lasting


When I first started working I thought "I can do a blog post on what makeup I wear to work!!" but I quickly found out that lots of my makeup did not cut the mustard for the long shifts. Holy grail items such as my Nars 'Sheer Glow' foundation and the Kylie Lip Kit in 'Koko K' just didn't last until the end of the day, and if they did last...they sure didn't look good.

What followed in the next few months was trial and error. I went through my make-up collection finding new things to try out and went to my sister for recommendations on what products I could buy. I'd say it took me about two months to finally get my everyday products down. Now I have my little make-up bag filled with a variety of new and old favourites.

I do 10 hour shifts in the operating theatre so these are the things that get me through right until the end of the day.

...cause you know i'm all about that base, bout that base...
sorry is that joke totally lame and overused now?

For my base I wanted products that looked natural yet gave a bit of oomph to my complexion adding a lotta coverage for my horrendous under-eye bags and give a healthy glow to my face.

Primer: Nivea Men Post Shave Balm. 
When this was all the type on youtube I decided to buy it and give it a try myself. If you haven't heard about it basically Nikki Tutorials tried out her boyfriends post shave balm as a primer to see if it actually could work as a primer and found it caused her makeup to last really well. The result was anyone and everyone buying it to give it a go. I'm not 100% convinced this is the thing that causes my makeup to last all day but I don't think it can hurt applying this. I'm a bit iffy when it comes to primers and if they work or not..but I like this one for everyday wear.

Base: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Gel
My sister actually purchased this first after hearing of a friend who wore this on her wedding day because of its lasting power. I went into Mecca (a makeup store in  Australia) and got a little tester pot of it to try out. The results were amazing. Safe to say I went back and purchased the full size! This is perfect for people who like a natural glowy base. It gives a light coverage and packs in the hydration. I just love this though, absolute favourite and lasts me through my 10 hour shifts. Also brownie points for it being a BB cream/tinted moisturizer.

Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection
So used that the label has rubbed off the packaging. This, as you all should know by now, is my holy grail concealer which provides full coverage and lasts ALL day. 

Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
As my base is quite glowy/dewy I like the add a bit of this power to set my under-eyes and T-zone (nose & chin). By putting it on the areas where I find my makeup fades first ensures it stays locked in. This really does help in making it last longer - particularity my nose which is usually the culprit in letting my foundation fade.

Contour: Australis A/C on Tour Contour Palette
Some of you may think contouring is a bit much for everyday wear and I agree! But, because i'm a theatre nurse I have to wear my hair up and put a scrub hat on leaving my face FULLY exposed to the world. Due to having a slight football head I like to add a bit of subtle contour to define my cheekbones a little more. I go in natural on this one, but I do like to add it just for some facial definition. 

Bronzer: Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in Carrie & Big
I don't add a lot of bronzer, just a little over where I did my contour and around the edges of my face. 

When it comes to my eyes, as they are apparently the window to the soul and all that, I like to make them look nice and defined.

Eyebrows: Revlon Eyebrow Liner
This is waterproof! Or so it claims. But I do think this easily lasts all day, it's a great product. My brothers are naturally defined anyway so I don't notice a huuge difference by wearing this but I think it just adds a little something. 

Now for long-wearing products the best of the best is the Maybelline 24hour colour tattoos. They are incredible, have gotten my through an all nighter and still looked flawless in the morning, and they just don't budge. 
On days I don't wear one of those I stick to my basics. I throw a bit of Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate (from the Chocolate Bar palette) into my crease just to define my eyes a bit more. Usually I don't really add a lid shade I just stick to a subtle crease colour. 

Eyeliner: Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner
Warning: This will last all day if you work in air-conditioning but it may not last all day if you work in hot conditions. Personally for me I find that this eyeliner lasts all day and barely fades. I apply a thin line of this to my upper lash line and then I do a baby wing on the outside for a subtle winged liner. Life's too short not to do winged liner for work yeah? 

Mascara: Maybelline Last Sensational
Another holy grail product. This mascara is just a winner in my books, it makes my lashes look lush and doesn't smudge on my under-eyes like some mascaras do. If you are really prone to smudging of your under-eyes then try out a waterproof version. 

When it comes to lips I pretty much just stick with these four. 

Colourpop Satin Liquid Lipstick in 'Alyssa'
For some reason this shade is showing up SO much darker in those swatches. Trust me it's not that burnt orange's a really pretty pink. Here is a picture of what it's colour more accurately is. Anyway this is is such an incredibly long-lasting product. As it isn't a matte finish I find it leaves my lips not looking dry and is so easy to re-apply. It isn't transfer proof but I find it doesn't take away from the colour on my lips. During my 10 hour shifts I only have to re-apply this once after lunch and then it's fine for the rest of the day. It's SO good, waaay better than matte liquid lipsticks. 

Bare Minerals Matte Liquid Lipcolour in 'Slay'
This is the colour i'm wearing in the photos above. Now I know I just said NO to matte liquid lipsticks but this is the exception as I find this is more similar in formula to a satin lipstick than a matte. It has a moussey texture, dries down semi-matte, but doesn't emphasize the cracks in my lips or anything. Also it's one of those ones where I can re-apply over and it doesn't go crusty - yay! It's such a beautiful colour. 

NYX Butter Gloss in 'Creme Brulee'
Perfect for those days when I want something a bit more low-key. Now this isn't very long-lasting and I have to re-apply every few hours or so but I don't really mind. Just thought i'd throw this one in their as it's a great affordable nude lipgloss. 

Dior Lip Maximizer Lipgloss
Another one that isn't very long-wearing but I thought i'd throw in because it's an easy wear. It's transparent (as you can see in the swatches) and gives a nice subtle gloss. Perfect for on-the-go applying. 

And so that's my everyday face for work which lasts me through the 10 hour shifts. Would recommend every product mentioned as they all last excellently. :)

Let me know what products you bust out when you need your make-up to last all day. Anything I should be trying??

Holly xx

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  1. I really enjoyed reading this, the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue is one of my absolute favourite bases but I have unfortunately currently run out. I love the sound of the Colorpop lip product, I often prefer a non-matte finish so this sounds perfect for me.

    Kristy |

    1. Yeah the bare minerals is amazing!! And yes, totally recommend the satin lips..soo much nicer than the drying look of a matte x

  2. I love the Collection concealer! I've run out though and I have no idea where to get it in Australia! x

    Lauren | Dose of Wardrobe

    1. Saaame! I'Ve almost run out and am trying to track it down!! Damn Australia for now having it!! X