Rapid fire reader questions: eyeliner for the beach, makeup for a 36-hour duty, and everyday pressed powder

Hi Miss Liz! :) My friends and I will be having our annual beach getaway this Saturday. Can you suggest an eyeliner (either gel,pencil or liquid) that won't smudge even if I get into the water? Big thanks! :D  - Kristin

Hi Kristin! No makeup, when it comes in contact with salt water, will survive for very long. The salt will erode whatever you have on your face and the water will take care of the rest. However, there are certain products that will stay on a wee bit longer!

I would recommend you try the K-Palette Real Lasting Eye Pencil as the formula is very solid and fairly waterproof. Just make sure it has set completely before you get into the water, don't rub it at any cost, and make sure you check when it starts to fade away. Remove immediately when it starts to smear.

Swatches. When they set, they pretty much stay there. Under normal conditions.

It's better not to wear any makeup to the beach, but if you must wear eyeliner, go for the K-Palette pencil. ;)

Hi Miss Liz and friends! I'm a 24 year old medical student and I'm starting my internship at a charity hospital in exactly eight days. It's always been my dream to look fabulous as an intern, but as I haven't lost any of my med school weight and because my hair is still at that awkward alanganin length, all I think I can do now is to look for the best make-up set I can use.

We go on 24 hour duty every three days and have regular office hours at the hospital for the two days in between. Unfortunately, the makeup I have on in the morning (which just consists of Max Factor liquid foundation+serum, loose powder and lipstick) feels horrible and cakey by ten PM. I also look extremely shiny. There isn't always time to wash my face (there isn't always time to sit down even!) and retouch, so I was wondering if you had any possible suggestions for overnight makeup that minimizes shine and still looks half decent twelve hours later. Thank you! :) - Mary Russell

Hi Mary, thanks for getting in touch. Wow! This is a very difficult question. The longest-lasting foundations I've tried are the Bobbi Brown Long Wearing Even Finish Foundation, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup, and  Smashbox Studio Skin 15-Hour Wear Foundation. I don't think they will last 36 hours, but they will look decent after 12-15 hours ^_^

You can set them with an equally long-wearing powder foundation such as the one from MAC,or an oil control theater powder such as the Ben Nye Banana Powder. Good luck with your internship!

EDIT: I thought I should add to this. The best way to have great-looking skin after a 36-hour duty is...to have great skin to begin with. Invest in skincare that would address your concerns, is my best advice. That way you won't have to wear too much makeup and worry about retouching while on your shift.

You should also look into face illuminators like the one from Becca or that strobe cream from MAC. If you don't have that many blemishes to begin with and just need brighter, more even skin, illuminators would be enough to do the job. ;)

Hi Ms. Liz! Im about to run out of my everyday pressed powder. i use Maybelline's powder foundation because its cheap and works for my oily sensitive skin. However, I notice lately that my skin is changing and want to explore other brands as well. Im not much into coverage. i want something for oil control and mild enough for everyday use, something I can wear alone yet convenient for travel and commuting. I heard Stila and Face Shop have good oil control pressed powders. Is the Revlon powder foundation good for sensitive skin? What high end and drugstore brands can you recommend?

Thank you so much in advance! -Aubrey

Hi Aubrey! I would recommend the  Etude House Precious Mineral Sun BB Pact for the oil control and solid SPF, the Majolica Majorca Pressed Pore Cover Powder for smoothing over pores and of course oil control, and Majolica Majorca Skin Remaker Pore Cover Foundation if you need the coverage. :) I also love the Revlon PhotoReady Two-Way Powder Foundation for both coverage and oil control. Really lovely finish, that one.

I also recommend the MAC Blot powder (I have a review somewhere) as it's really good with mattifying. 

Hope this helps girls! :) If you have your own suggestion, do pitch 'em in so we can compare notes. If you have more questions, feel free to leave them over at the Ask Liz! forum. Please do check if I've already covered that topic though - that search bar on the right is mighty useful! ;) Looking forward to hearing from you!