When you buy skin care products, your skin type -- oily, normal or dry -- is the first thing you need to know. That information is also handy when you choose perfume. The alcohol base in a perfume evaporates more quickly on dry skin than on oily skin. Each layer of notes is released in quick succession and the scent fades sooner. Having oily skin, which is often seen as a problem concerning health and hygiene, is an advantage when it comes to making perfume last longer.
If you have dry skin, you may already use a moisturizer. Look for a moisturizer with the same scent you plan to wear that day. This will help stretch the fragrance as well as soften skin. Or use a fragrance-free moisturizer before applying the perfume.
Dry skin is one area where health and beauty really do go together, by the way. Dry skin can be a sign of a poor diet, for instance. Are you getting enough skin-friendly nutrients, like essential fatty acids and B vitamins? And don't forget water. Even your favorite perfume can only go so far in picking you up if you're physically run down.