The INSIDER Summary:
- Miss USA told INSIDER the secret to making her makeup last all day.
- Kára McCullough says before you put on any makeup, a good moisturizer and primer are key.
- Her favorite primer is Smashbox.
- Miss USA completes her look with NARS Foundation.
Newly-crowned Miss USA Kára McCullough is used to spending long days and evenings being camera-ready for competitions and photo shoots. So when INSIDER recently sat down with McCullough, we asked how she keeps her makeup lasting all day long.
She recommends that everyone do two things first: Put on moisturizer and primer.
“One, you have to have a good moisturizer,” McCullough tells INSIDER. “I’m a strong believer in moisturizing your face first and you have to have a good primer.”
Primer helps create a smooth base for foundation to go on easily and helps to prevent creasing — a must for anyone who has had their makeup crack as the day goes on.
So which primer does she use?
McCullough says her favorite is Smashbox. She uses the blue, hydrating primer.
“It’s so expensive but a little goes a long way. I’ve learned that too,” she continued. “So … you need a base. You know like housing. You need a base.”
After the base is set, McCullough also shared her go-to foundation by Nars.
“I’ll be honest, I haven’t particularly used store bought foundations,” said McCullough. “For one, I think it’s more difficult for me to find a color that matches me without me having to buy something and return it. So I like to use Nars Foundation. That works for me. I think it’s the luminous all day one.”
Sephora previously told one of our reporters it’s helpful to apply a little bit of primer before and after applying foundation to help it last all day.
Stay tuned to INSIDER for more from our interview with McCullough.
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