Whether you’re networking like a fiend at your boss’s annual holiday bash, or busting out some bad Christmas karaoke with your besties, one thing’s for certain “ you do not have time for constant trips to the powder room to touch up your face during the most wonderful time of the year. We’ve got all the tips you need to make sure that your makeup stays put (and you won’t be tempted to use a soup spoon as a backup mirror).
This is the invisible hero of the makeup world. Don’t dismiss it as a useless extra step “ it really does give your makeup something to grab on to, and will give you a more flawless finish to boot.
Stick with lipstick
Try to avoid constant applications of gloss or balm over your lipstick “ you’ll end up diluting your colour and getting that weird lipliner effect. Try retouching with your original lipstick to keep your colour and texture intact. And if you want to avoid having to rub off your handiwork, steer clear of that red wine (it sticks to every little hint of chapped lips).
Use powder sparingly
You know that old party myth about breaking the bathroom seal? Try to apply this to powder, by using only when absolutely necessary “ and you’ll avoid getting that caked on look. Use blotting tissues in the meantime to deal with oil and dancing-related sweat (note: if you use toilet paper instead, you will end up taking off your foundation as well).
Choose your mascara wisely
It may seem like a no-brainer to pick up a waterproof formula for long-lasting wear, but that’s not always the answer. If you often get little mascara smudges under your eye, you probably will with waterproof formulas as well (it’s the sweat and heat that do it), but with the added complication that they’ll be difficult to wipe away at the bathroom sink.
Go with liquid
Pencil liners are great for delivering natural definition during the day, but simply don’t cut it for long-lasting party wear. Liquid liners are much less likely to fade “ some formulas (we’re looking at you, GOSH) have almost nail-polish-like resilience. Plus, they’ll deliver a much more dramatic party-worthy statement.
Again, soft makeup like powder blush will hardly make it past your first cocktail. Use a combination of gel cheekstain and a dusting of powder blush on top for an all-night flush.