Quick Touch-Up Tricks After Your Long Work Day

after work makeup touch ups

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Sometimes a good touch-up is essential and you need the right tips and tricks to pull it off flawlessly.

I’m posting this as NY Fashion Week begins, and the marathon schedule of runway shows, exhibits and events looms ominously on the horizon. Even the most carefully applied, longest lasting makeup will inevitably crumble under a torture test like this. Reviving that “freshly applied” look you began the day with calls for some foolproof touch-up tips. So here are the down and dirty quick fixes to keep you looking your best with minimal stress and lots of style!


  • Completely remove all of your lipstick and lip liner (don’t just blot). You want a fresh application to go with your rejuvinated make up. Apply a light layer of lip conditioner to soften and smooth your lips while you touch up the rest of your face.
  • If things look messy or dark under the eyes, use a Q-Tip with a little moisturizer to clean the area.  Yes, I said moisturizer – it works great for quick clean-ups and won’t break down the makeup we’re going to apply over it.
  • If your eye-shadow has creased or eyeliner has run, blot the area gently with a tissue, then use a soft eyeshadow brush or sponge to smooth out the remaining color. Apply a little translucent pressed powder over the area to catch any excess oil and then reapply your eyeshadow and liner as needed to make your eye makeup look fresh again.
  • If you have oily skin, mop up the excess by wrapping a blotting tissue over a make up sponge and press it lightly over the shiny areas on your face.  Make sure to do this before you go to the next step or you’ll end up with a caked on mess.
  • Use a clean makeup sponge (a disposable wedge or one of those pink egg things) to gently buff and smooth out your foundation, concealer and blush, paying close attention to all edges as you go.
  • Use your favorite foundation to touch up blemishes, worn off areas and around the mouth.  Blend with your sponge, a synthetic makeup brush or your fingers.
  • Apply a little extra foundation or concealer under the eyes to highlight the center of your face.
  • Lightly dust translucent powder over the face (a kabuki brush is great for this step) to set make up and give you a soft, smooth finish.
  • Reapply your blush or bronzer and finish with a touch of highlight powder on the tops of your cheekbones.
  • Finally, blot off any excess lip conditioner and reapply lip liner and lipstick.

Final Fun Tips: To give your touch-up a little extra “After 5″ pizzazz:

  • Brush some shimmering or metallic eyes-shadow lightly over the lid to bring the sparkle back to your eyes.
  • Add extra eyeliner (black, dark brown or charcoal) smudged all around the eye with a brush or Q-tip creates a sexy,smoky evening effect.
  • A dab of high shine lip gloss over your lipstick will give it some luscious evening gleam.

So, go powder that nose and let’s face the fashionistas – Mwah!

By Kevin James Bennett

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