You know that feeling when you’re getting ready for a night out with your squad, The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar’s “Pray For Me” is booming from your Bose wireless speakers, you’re half way through a glass of sauvignon blanc, booty shaking while you apply your eyeshadow in the mirror. The night is full of possibilities and you can’t wait to get it started. So regardless of how it ends, be it with the hottie who’s been sliding into your DM, your long-time bae or with fries and gravy at the 24-hour diner with your girls, we’ve got the stay-put makeup you need to look and feel just as gorge as you did before the sun went down…and then came back up again.
Any 24-hour waterproof mascara will do the trick and is a must-wear, because let’s face it no one wants to wake up in Paris with smeared makeup like Anne Hathaway’s Andy in The Devil Wears Pradaor on their sister’s couch like Cameron Diaz’s Maggie in In Her Shoes. But word to the wise, leave the falsies at home. Not even L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly waterproof mascara ($14, available online at amazon.ca), that requires an oil-based eye makeup remover to wipe clean can keep heavy faux lashes in their place over night.
You may think it’s impossible to have fresh, poreless-looking skin the morning after a night of dining and wining, but you can sleep easy with Nanoblur Instant Skin Blurring Cream ($17.99, available online at indeedlabs.com). The 10-year cult favourite beauty product is seemingly magical thanks to its ability to eliminate pores, fine lines and blemishes faster than you can say Netflix and chill. And we expect nothing less, after all Indeed Labs, the makers of Nanoblur, is a homegrown Canadian beauty brand.
Cream eye shadow will always trump powder options when it comes to longevity. And Laura Mercier Shadows & Brights Metallic Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection ($50, available online at Sephora.com) doesn’t disappoint with its four long-lasting, high definition, transfer resistant options in “Intense Amethyst,” “Intense Rose Gold,” “Intense Moonlight” and “Intense Copper.” While this kit of cream sticks glide on and blend super easily without creasing, it’s also a limited edition item so pick it up now, because it won’t last as long on store shelves as it will on your lids.
Even after the flush of the evening fades you still want your sexy glow to last. And no amount of contouring will do. You need a stain, like Benefit Cosmetics rose-tinted Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain ($40, available online at benefitcosmetics.com). A staple since it’s debut in 1970, this classic flush got its start on an exotic dancer and it’s never looked back, except to wink at it’s rosy complexion in the mirror. But if “Rose” isn’t your hue all you have to do is dab a little “Bright Cherry” Gogotint, “Mango” Chachatint, “Poppy Pink” Posietint or “Candy Orchid” Lollitint on your cheeks and lips and call it a night.