Exfoliate or wash your face clean, before applying makeup. Makeup, if applied on dry or dirty skin, will crack and fade away soon. Moisturize your face, to give the makeup a smooth foundation. This will help in getting a good finish.
Use a foundation to cover up dark circles, acne or other marks. If you are attending an evening event, you could go light on the foundation, as dim lighting is not as revealing as during the day. Using a foundation primer (such as Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer or Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel) will also do wonders. Revlon Color stay is also a tried and tested foundation that sets fast and lasts much longer.
For your eyes, remember to use a primer to prevent smudging and creasing. It would be good for you to know that waterproof mascaras tend to flake as they are drying products, so you need to shift to a regular one.
If you are going to dance and sweat it out, using cream-based blushers may not be a good idea. To prevent a smudged look, use matte, powder-based products. They will also ensure longer lasting makeup.
For your lipstick to last long, a known solution is to apply a coat of preferably crème, matte based lipsticks and then blot it with a tissue paper. Then apply another layer to help the color stay on for longer.
You could use shampoos that are style specific, to ensure your hairstyle stays intact and does not fall loose by the end of the day or night. Gentle spays of hair spray on damp roots will help too. If you wish to keep your curls intact, use a curling iron that is one size smaller than the curl you want, to ensure they stay put throughout the party.
Smell as fresh as daisy through the day or night by applying perfume on the ‘pulse points’, which are your wrists and neck. These points are the best place to apply perfume, as they are known to produce heat, in turn releasing the fragrance.
A unique solution known to work is applying a mist of hairspray on your face. Hold the spray at an arm’s length from your face and apply a gentle spray. It is an unconventional technique, but has proved to make makeup last longer than usual.