There is nothing worse than having your makeup fade off during the day. With the crazy hot days of summer, traveling, no time to re-touch make up during busy office hours, plus the glory of the gym workout, it’s hard to keep our makeup looking fresh all day long! Admittedly I never have time during the day to stroll to the bathroom and spend 10 minutes correcting any make up flaws hence why I need to maximise that 15 minutes I have in the morning to ensure that my make-up will last me throughout the day.

Below are my 8 easy tips to help your makeup stay on all day!


If you asked me a few years ago about primer I wouldn’t have had a clue what it was supposed to do. I’m one of those girls that like to keep make up to a minimum with a little bit of mineral powder, blusher and mascara. And it’s all great as it takes literally 5 – 10 minutes in my morning routine however this simplified make-up loses it’s fresh look pretty quick.

I purchased my very first Photo Finish primer “accidently” on a flight back from Cancun a few years ago. To be honest when I bought it I didn’t really know what this product actually did but I was bored and fancied a bit of shopping.

Now after years and years of using it I can confidently say that the primer is really a great invention that preps your skin for the perfect foundation application by filling in fine lines and smoothing pores, and it also keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. Aren’t we all in an endless search for those qualities?

Tip: Always apply moisturizer before priming, as it makes your primer application even

2. FACE OIL – Laura Mercier Infusion De Rose Nourishing Oil

Occasionally I add a bit of face oil to my beauty routine and I love the results! It adds extra hydration, blends flawlessly and looks really natural. You can also use an oil alone as a moisturizer to get that healthy glow. I’ve only discovered this rose oil recently and guys, it’s amazing and smells heavenly.

TIP: Add one drop of oil for every 3 drops of foundation and mix together before applying.

3. ICONIC LONDON – concentrated liquid shimmer, illuminator

It’s the must have product everyone is raving about. I HAVE BEEN USING THIS FOR A FEW WEEKS AND GUYS I LOVE IT!!! You can add it to your foundation to create a healthy radiant look or use it on its own for super highlighted glow.

TIP: don’t use both face oil and shimmer as this may undo that flawless look that we all strive for. Remember occasionally less is more.

4. Estee Lauder – Double Wear Light. 15 hour wear (why would you need 24 hour wear – I certainly don’t need to wear make up in bed)

I hardly ever wear foundation but if I ever decide to wear one this is my first choice.

It really does last all day and gives an even natural looking coverage. Because it’s a light version it doesn’t feel like you are wearing a foundation and it leaves skin free to breathe all day. 


Layering a setting powder over your liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer helps it set and stay in place. I’m super picky with my powders and I have been using this one for years so I can vouch for its quality. It provides medium coverage so you can use it on its own as I do without fluffing with foundations. It blends really well and is light and translucent.

6. Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder

For those girls like myself who prefer more luminous look as opposite to matt finish this Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder does the trick. It provides this most wanted healthy glow and it’s a perfect complement to eyes, cheeks or face.

Tip: Use your fluffiest brush to swirl, tap off excess powder, and apply to your cheeks, mid-forehead, nose, and chin.

7. Christian Louboutin Khol Les Yeux Noirs Lash Amplifying Lacquer and L’Oreal False Lash X Fiber

Louboutin has recently launched (in the UK) their beauty collection including this amazing mascara inspired by Christian’s travels to India, its rich culture and colours that were translated into products luxuriously saturated with rich pigments for the purest and deepest impact.

This mascara is my absolute favorite at the moment however it is a bit pricey hence I use it only for special occasions. It certainly delivers what it promises which is dramatic volume, all-day wear, and is flake-proof and smear-proof.

On the more affordable side, L’Oréal False Lash X Fiber Mascara also does a great job. I’ve been using L’Oréal mascaras for as long as I can remember and I have never been disappointed. This one is a two-step formula, one coat of the primer, then one coat of the fibers.

Tip: Repeat application, pressing fibers into the lashes to added even more volume.


Just to finish off my make-up I spray the entire face with  MAC prep + primes mix water.

It’s a lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber that gently soothes and refreshes the skin.

And Voila!

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    Andreea Birsan
    October 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for all the tips, love! Can you believe I’ve never tried a primer till now? Maybe I should start adding one to my make up routine and also loved the tip about the oil. Wishing you a great weekend. x


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    September 8, 2017 at 11:12 am

    very nice article! every girl is interested how to look elegant all the day, thanks for nice tips on how to do that 🙂

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    August 31, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Okay now I want to try all of these!! You look radiant. I am really intrigued by the liquid shimmer. Thanks for sharing beautiful! XO, Ellese


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    Sharon Elsie
    August 18, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    You look flawless. Great tips too.It’s really hard to keep your makeup from melting espicially during summer and I too have long work day so I need to have my make up to stay put the entire day. Estee Lauder foundation is one of the best foundation I have ever tried. It feels light and gives a natural looking coverage. Must get Laura Mercier illuminating Powder for sure, heard so much great things about it. Thanks, great post.
    Sharon Elsie | diva-in-me.com

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    August 16, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Great picks, you look amazing! I love Estee Lauder Double Wear and all the MAC stuff!
    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris


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    August 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    These sound like such amazing products! It’s really hard to keep your makeup in the summer heat!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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      Elegant Duchess
      August 14, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Very true! Love you post about micro bags! Xx

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    August 14, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Great post, I would love to try the Mac illuminating powder. You are looking so beautiful 🙂

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      Elegant Duchess
      August 14, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks lovely xx

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    August 14, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Amazing products! I really have to try them!

    X Merel

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      Elegant Duchess
      August 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Hun. Canon Irista sounds like a great way to keep us Bloggers organised!! Xx

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    August 14, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I love that smashbox primer. It’s the best thing ever!!!


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      Elegant Duchess
      August 14, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      It is indeed, I love it. Fabulous post about Las Vegas xx

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    August 11, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    You look stunning! I’ve been wanting to try that powder for a while now.

    Kara Aragon

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    August 11, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Yes! The Mac illuminating Powder—for sure. Nice Review!

    L.E.N.A | Revealed

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      Elegant Duchess
      August 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Thank Hun, I really like you weekend outfits post! Xo

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    Belén Serrano
    August 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Great post dear! I’ll take note of this products. xx

    My last post here: http://fallingforvogue.blogspot.com.es/2017/08/zaful-wishlist.html

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      Elegant Duchess
      August 11, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you lovely xx

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    Dimito Michiyo
    August 11, 2017 at 10:42 am

    The products are great and you look amazing!
    But can we talk about how gorgeous your dresser is!!!

    Dimito Michiyo


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    Jessi Malay
    August 10, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Love this post babe!! I always have such loong works days with meetings, shoots etc so I need my makeup to stay put all day!! The smash boxphoto finish is my holy grail..I use it everyday! The iconic illuminator looks so pretty..especially for summer, I need to try it out! Thanks for sharing <3

    XO, Jessi

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      Elegant Duchess
      August 11, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      I can imagine Jessi and you always look stunning xoxo

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    August 10, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I really like this tips!!! Thanks 😘

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    August 10, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    That Laura Mercier face oil sounds lovely!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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    Brenda Fuggle
    August 10, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Really useful tips about how to do your makeup.
    Also knowing what products to buy helps.

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    August 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Super makijaż.

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    La Bijoux Bella| by mia
    August 10, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Bonjour Beautiful! I love ❤️ the beauty products you use. The Laura Mercier face power is a good one. Looks so beautiful! 🙂

    🌸🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸🍃| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

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