Get Set When you reach your desired coverage, says Koury, finish with a generous amount of setting powder and wait two minutes before brushing off the excess. This gives the powder enough time to set on the skin and will help your makeup last longer. This is probably the most important step because that setting powder is the only thing standing between you and brown smudges all over your party dress.
If you follow these steps religiously, the makeup will last for days -- literally. On a recent weekend trip to Vegas, I applied makeup to cover up some particularly unflattering bruises on my legs and it lasted for two days (and yes, I showered). I even wore a beige skirt and it made it through the night mess-free.
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