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The Best Sex-Proof Makeup, According to Makeup Artists

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Valentine’s Day may lead to an intimate moment or two, like an at-home couples massage, and you may want to put your best face forward for the occasion. To find the best long-wear makeup that can withstand rigorous amorous activity, we spoke to makeup artists Angie Peek, Tobi Henney, and Ash K Holm about their favorite products for keeping it all on while getting it on.

Best products for prepping and priming

A romantic night with your partner will mean a lot of skin-to-skin contact and moisture, which also means that your makeup has to work extra hard to stay on. The best way to make sure that makeup “grips” the skin is to start with a fresh, clean palette. “It is always important to prep the skin to ensure that your makeup is going to last all night,” says Henney. “I love to cleanse with micellar water. This ensures that all oils and impurities from the skin are removed for the most amazing makeup base.” Henney’s go-tos are Nivea micellar water and La Mer’s micellar water. Peek, who also starts with micellar water, uses Bioderma.

Once the face is squeaky clean, you want to hydrate it with moisturizer to optimize smoothness and easy makeup application. “I like a lot Murad’s products for the skin,” says Peek, “but it depends on the person. Right now, everybody’s so dry, so I’ve been using their Hydro-Dynamic line.”

Henney loves this new cream developed by stem cell and biomedical scientist Augustinus Bader for ultimate hydration.

Holm agrees that proper skin care is key for long-lasting makeup and recommends using a primer to ensure that makeup stays on the skin. “I recommend prepping the skin with Cover FX Mattifying Primer,” she says. “This will help the foundation to really grip onto the skin. It’s best to power-group a primer with a long-wearing foundation to prevent sweating and foundation separation.”