Longevity is errything when it comes to party makeup and especially so when you have problematic skin. At this time of year if you're covering blemishes, acne, and scars you want a finish that looks natural, but will last all night. Yes it's about formula, but it's also about application. Makeup artist Claire Ray gave us her tips for a stay-put party face.1. Moisturize (and mattify)
"The best skincare to use prior to applying party makeup is an oil-free moisturizer, or a mattifying cream. The creaminess of a moisturizer can cause makeup to thin out if the moisturizer hasn't had enough time to soak into the skin, this can result in blotchiness and limit the amount of coverage you will get with your foundation. So, wait 60 seconds, until the moisturiser has absorbed or, if you're short on time, blot your face with a tissue after moisturizing."2. Primer time
"My favorite makeup primers are pore minimizing creams. These fill out any blemishes in the skin, helping you achieve a flawless velvety finish."3. Flawless foundation
Apply a long-lasting foundation, focusing on the areas that need the most coverage. Set these areas with loose powder.4. Concealing blemishes
"The best way to cover a blemish is to make sure the area is oil- and moisture-free. Pat over the area with a tissue to absorb excess oil and then dust a tiny amount of translucent powder over it, and then simply pat with your concealer until the blemish disappears."5. Concealing acne scars
"The best way to cover acne scars is to apply a pore minimizing primer. This will gently fill in any dips. Then dust a tiny amount of translucent powder over the area, and pat over the area with your concealer. The pore minimizer will help you achieve a flawless smooth foundation."6. "Cooking" your makeup
"I'm personally not a fan of 'cooking' or 'baking' your makeup so it lasts longer. For a night out the effect can just look too heavy and aging."7. Set with powder.
"Powder is definitely a friend not a foe! Just remember not to be too heavy handed; you just need a light dusting to set your makeup."8. Balance out your base.
"To avoid long-lasting makeup having a cakey appearance, opt for cream formulas with your eye shadows and blush. These give a natural, dewy finish that will keep your look youthful."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.