Makeup 101- Touch-Up Tips

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Going out directly from work and your makeup needs to go from faded to fabulous? These touch-up tips will help you pull it off flawlessly and FAST.

Even the most carefully applied, longest lasting makeup will inevitably crumble by the end of a long work day. Getting your morning makeup to look “freshly applied” isn’t difficult when the touch-up tips create fabulous results with minimal stress!


  • Completely remove all of your lipstick and lip liner (don’t just blot). You want a fresh application to go with your rejuvenated makeup. Massage a highly emollient lip conditioner into lips so you can break down long-lasting lipsticks or stains. Wipe off, then re-apply to super hydrate and condition 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 or eye cream to clean the area.  Yes, I said moisturizer or eye cream – it works great for quick clean-ups and unlike a makeup remover, won’t break down the makeup you’re going to re-apply over it.
  • If your eyeshadow 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 makeup 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 eggs) 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 makeup and give you a soft, smooth finish.
  • Reapply your bronzer or blush.
  • Lightly mist with a makeup finishing spray to lock your look down for the rest of the night.
  • Finally, blot off any excess lip conditioner and reapply lip liner and lipstick.


Give your touch-up some extra “After 5” pizzazz in low-light restaurants and lounges:

  • Extra eyeliner (black, dark brown or charcoal) all around the eye, smudged with a brush or Q-tip creates a sexy smoky evening effect in moments.
  • Line inside the waterline of your lower eyelid with a flesh-tone pencil (not white), to open eyes up and give them a doll-like look.
  • Apply a sparkling or metallic eyeshadow to the eyelid and buff it softly along your lower lashline to bring a light capturing evening sparkle to your eyes.
  • Add dimension and interest to your face by apply shimmering highlight powder to the tops of cheekbones, the inside corner of your eye (down to your tear duct) and on the cupids bow of your upper lip.
  • A dab of shimmering highlight powder on the center of your lower lip, topped with a high-shine lip gloss creates a luscious, pouty look for evening.

This post is informational only and not a substitute for professional advice. Product(s) featured were purchased or gifted. This review is not sponsored and contains no affiliate or coded links.

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