If you’ve got a full schedule and plan to be busy on the road all day, dropping in on various auditions, the last thing on your mind should be whether your make up still looks good.  Luckily, there are a few things you can do before you head out the door that will help your make up to stay put while you focus on what really matters, according to The Everygirl.

It all starts with your skin. If you want your make up to stay put without wear, you’ll have to properly prep your skin. Exfoliate first, then apply a toner.  Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells that are sure to flake off throughout the day. Toner will balance your pH levels, giving you smoother, brighter skin. Complete your skin care routine by using an oil free moisturizer, which will provide the perfect base for your foundation.

Once you’ve completed your skin care routine, it’s time to move on to the make-up round.  Apply a primer first.  You can purchase one for your entire face, and one specifically for the eye area.  Use a water-based primer that won’t leave skin looking shiny.  An oil-free option will help keep your foundation from wearing off.  An eye primer will lock your shadow in place.

Follow the primer with your foundation.  Again, opt for one that is oil-free.  There are foundations specifically formulated to last longer than others.  Pick up one that is made for all-day wear.  Then, follow the foundation with a powder that will help to seal it into place.  Make sure to use one that closely matches the base.  You can also apply blush on your cheekbones for some added color.

When you’re ready for your eye makeup, dip the shadow brush into a primer spray before applying the color.  This will create a wear-free base for the color.  Finish with waterproof mascara and liner, which is sure to stay put.

For the lip area, prep with a lip primer, then apply a long-lasting lip color.  Again, some are made to last longer than others.  Opt for one that will wear over a longer period of time.  You can also fill lips in with a liner before applying your favorite shade.  This will help the color stay put.

Finish the look with a setting spray.  This is every make up artist’s secret weapon.  It helps seal in your creation, keeping colors from fading throughout your busy day.

If you know you’ve got a full day ahead in which you’ll be expected to look your best, it’s well worth taking the extra time to ensure your makeup lasts.  This way, you’ll be free to focus on memorizing your lines or nailing the perfect shot instead.

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