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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 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!

Reader Comments (16)

Wow, I want the K-Pallette liner and the Majo Majo Pore Cover Powder. Thanks for the suggestion Liz. Alam na ang gagawin ko sa next pay day. hahahah!

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarlene Tallada

This is one of my crazy thought, wearing an eyeliner in a beach? so sometimes I get to think If I could have eyeliner tattoo nalang para bonga kahit mabasa sa beach, at pagka-gising sa umaga, instant!

But I want to try the K-Pallette liner, it seems can go with me until eight hours.:)

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

Dear Liz!

Hi, I am Maui and also a medical student going into internship this May 1. I really appreciate the answer to the second question about using long wearing foundations, really helps a lot! :) I've been reading your blog for almost a year now and have been trying some of your make-up tutorials < the graduation make-up tutorial was super helpful, hehe>. But what I really love about your blog are the non-make up related parts, such as your views in life, love and owning your own beauty. You see, back then I scorned girls wearing make up because I have this notion that they are too superficial. But that's just my insecurities getting the best of me. But after reading your blog, somehow the real and genuine words you conveyed have inspired me to embrace what make-up does for me which is to become the better version of myself.

I just want to thank you. Keep on doing what you do because you inspire a lot of us to be the better version of ourselves. :)

P.S: This is my first time to comment. Yey! Thanks for having me :)

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaui

Hi there Maui! Thanks for the lovely comment. <3 I'm happy you discovered just what makeup can do for you, without sacrificing your identity. Keep it up!

April 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

I have gone through the 36-hr (and more) duties and I know the difficulties of trying to prevent a "hulas" face at the end of a long toxic day. Apart from all the foundation regimen, its still important to let the skin breathe during the evening-dawn duty hours. That being said, I reco using just cleansing and moisturizing (tinted moisturizer will be good too) at night and then in the morning, re-doing your face foundation routine. @Maui: Goodluck on your internship!

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

I've been lemming for the Bobbi Brown Foundation but it's too expensive for me :) I have tried it on counters and I really like the finish...

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIssa

I wouldn't wear eyeliner on the beach; it seems unnecessary. I need concealer, though, but I doubt the existence of a concealer that would stay put underwater!

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

@Issa I suppose this differs for everybody, but I used that Bobbi Brown foundation and I feel it wasn't worth it. The gel-like texture was wonderful on the skin, and I loved the lavender smell (even if Paula's Choice says that lavender irritates the skin), but the finish left something to be desired. I tried different applications -- Beauty Blender, stippling brush, regular foundation brush, fingers, sponge -- and nothing worked pa din. I have terribly oily skin (quite similar to Liz's), and it just slid off of my face. The coverage also wasn't at par with Revlon Colorstay liquid. To be fair, Revlon Colorstay covers like a mutha.

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoco

@coco @issa best to try on the face before buying just to be sure! I prefer to apply that Bobbi foundation with fingers. But yes it depends talaga.

April 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

I'd swear on the Maybeline 36 hour gel liner and the Majolica Majorca lash expander mascara. I cried hard one day during an unfortunate incident at work and I didn't even get smudges. If I don't use oil based make up removers before I wash my face with soup, my eyeliner and mascara is still in tact!

April 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAthena

I just like to share what I have learned from Kim Kardashian's Make Up Artist youtube channel

"We blame the foundation. And sometimes it really is the foundation. But most of the time its not the foundation that is the problem but the products were using underneath that aren't compatible with the ingredients in your foundation. Oil and water don't mix. Oil and Oil do.Silicone and water don't mix (that well).If your foundation is oil based (rare) then use a moisturiser that contains oil in the first few ingredients on the bottle.If your foundation contains silicone (most likely) then make sure that silicone is in your primer/moisturiser etc.." - Wayne Goss

I've been using the Revlon Photoready 2 way powder Foundation and it looks great and feels great. I'm glad to see it on the list.

April 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

@Mary Russell and @Maui,

I know your predicament, girls. I'm an internists that work in a government hospital as part of the house staff. You wouldn't want that much makeup when you are on duty. Usually I just use a bb cream (after proper cleansing, toning, and moisturizing) and set it with Ben Nye powder. Or if you need more coverage, you can use MAC Studio Fix powder foundation but use just minimally. Let your skin breathe. I use either Revlon or Clinique lip balm stains. Lipstick can be too heavy on the lips during duty. But you'll need to retouch more or less several times during your duty. If you use a matte lipstick, it lasts longer but feels heavier and drier. So it's up to you. As for blush, you can use Benefit posietint or benetint. Putting a cream blush on top of it will make your blush last longer. And then I use a makeup setting spray sometimes, but you can skip it. Most important, don't forget to wash face at least once during your tour of duty. You can ask someone to cover for your post when you do this. Be kind to your skin. I hope this helps.

April 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPrudenceMD

@Mary Rusell: 36 hour shift? Woah. I agree that investing in quality skincare products is definitely key. Your shift is basically the equivalent of sleeping with makeup on, so ease up on the foundation. Even some really good brands are likely to cause breakouts if you've got them on for too long.

April 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatromao

@Mary Russel and Maui
I also had my internship in a government hospital and residency in a private hospital. I know that the workload is quite different as well as the ambiance. There are post in government hospital that does not have air conditioning or has one but the power is not enough to make the room less humid. The above suggestion by Ms. Liz for foundations are great but if you would be posted in wards or toxic areas , I would not suggest using foundation because I agree with Manilajen that the "hulas" factor after being toxic would be great. I suggest using BB cream which is sweat proof and waterproof like the etude sun BB cream because it may stay put longer as compared to a long wearing foundie because of the humidity. I suggest saving the foundie on less toxic rotations or post like derma, ent, or ophtha, or post where airconditioning is great and without a butt load of work.
I also suggest putting oil control or mattyfying fluid on your T zone to minimize oils and save you additional hours of blotting. I'm currently using Face Shop Oil Cut pore balm and I previously used a Lancome Mattfying soultion for the T zone a long time ago.
Using a primer could also help. There are primers now that is for oily combination skin. I've only tried Banilla Co. primer in classic matte, I have not tried the high end and popular primers. You can put it sparingly on areas where your oils breaks through fastest.
Bringing also blotting papers in your pocket would be helpful in removing the shine without taking off your make-up. Try pressed powders with good oil control for re-touch . I have used Face Shop Oil Cut powder, Liole Skin Fix powder for oily skin and Rimmel stay matte Powder . For Blush, get a long wearing one like Tarte or Lorac blushes. For lipstick, you might want to use lipliner beneath your lipstick or get the lipstain variants that even if they fade they leave an even stain on lips.
I don't suggest eye make-up and mascaras because most likely you will end up with panda eyes even if they are smudge proof because of the humidity and if you accidentally pressed on your eye area during stolen quick naps in wee hours of the morning( they end up transferring on your coat sleeves or arms).
I still suggest washing up and re-doing your make-up to remove the grime that accumulated at the end of the day instead of piling up the powder and foundation by frequent re-touch. Anyways a quick wash of the face can help you wake up and stay on your toes. What I have learned from clerkship and internship is to take a 5 minute shower in the wee hours of the morning, for fear of being out of post or missing a call. Good luck guys!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

Regarding the med intern on duty...I agree with you, concentrating on skincare and using no makeup during duty is better. Having foundation, BB cream, or powder on for 30+ or even 12+ hours every 3 days is not good for the skin. It makes you prone to developing even more blemishes, especially with the stress + no sleep + less-than-clean environment. In the wee hours of the morning, no makeup looks WAY better than patchy/cakey full foundation. Best options are:

1) Wash it all off before the pre-duty group leaves, while you still have time. Then just re-apply the next day, when you're post-duty. So you look flawless during the day and your skin gets rest at night. On pre-duty days you can wear anything you wish.

2) Limit makeup to lipstick and eyeliner. As for the oiliness, blotting papers work wonders. Blotting powders may turn cakey. And never, ever touch your face without washing your hands. (This is super hard to follow, even I can't do it haha! But it's worth remembering.)

Besides which, after duty you're so tired you just want to sleep so you will tend to skip the proper cleansing regimen, which doesn't do your skin any favors. So yeah, limit foundation to pre and post duty days!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEula

Hi Miss Liz :) where can I buy this K-Palette Real Lasting Eye Pencil around Metro Manila and how much is it? It really looks great. :)

May 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKelly D.

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