How to make yourself party-ready – Makeup Tips and Tricks

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This is the season for never-ending wedding celebrations, and the start of a new year has prompted many more! One important thing that women concentrate on is makeup and hair styling. The one advantage of these parties is that they last all night, but the one downside for all women is that our makeup seldom lasts that long. But, when you’re dancing and swinging to some foot-tapping music, you don’t want to be thinking about makeup tricks. Is that correct?


Add a few more ingredients and tricks to your beauty routine to make yourself party-ready and makeup-proof. You also need not worry about the expense of Beauty Services. So, here are 40 party makeup tips to keep your makeup looking fresh in the evening.

  1. Opt for lids and tips that contrast

Use a crisp off-white nail polish to complement a smouldering eye look. The look is sophisticated, and you won’t have to think about your manicure clashing with your outfit. Bobbi Brown Eye Kohl Palette ($37), MAC Eyeshadow in Print ($13), and Chanel Simple Eye Colour in Argents ($46) are three of our favourite shadows.

  1. Get a tan and toned body

Mix liquid bronzer with a firming body cream and rub it into your arms to look like a golden goddess. According to Scarlett Messina, a makeup artist in Pennsylvania, it will momentarily tighten the skin and give it a glow.

  1. Make your skin look perfect

To counteract the redness of any pimples, add a yellow-based concealer. According to Tracy Brennan, owner of Kalologie, a beauty boutique in Los Angeles, “use a concealer brush to pat it on precisely, then smooth the edges with your ring finger.”

  1. Raise the volume 

Try this trick from Nathaniel Hawkins, a celebrity hairstylist who has collaborated with the Olsen twins, for oomphy, tousled strands: Turn to the cool setting after you’ve done blow-drying your hair, turn your head over, and aim the nozzle around randomly for a few minutes. “This creates pockets of air between your locks, giving them a fuller appearance,” he explains.

5. Make your cheeks more rosy

Apply Blush According To Your Face Shape, a deep berry powder blush will give you a foxy flush. According to NYC makeup artist Greg Vaughan, swirl a fluffy brush in tiny, circular motions over the apples of your cheeks and back toward your hairline. This will ensure that the colour is correctly blended. In Mallorca, try Cargo Blush ($22). 


6. Use the gloss for different purposes

According to Pati Dubroff, an L.A.-based celebrity makeup artist, keep a pearly white lip gloss in your desk drawer to slick not just on your lips but also on your brow bones and cheekbones as a highlighter. She adores a color that is universal: $19 for Dior DiorKiss in Sorbet Meringue.

7. Refresh your hairstyle

Any hairstyle can be quickly glammed up with a glittery accessory. Using a brooch from your sweater if you fail to carry one to work.

8. Fake a beautiful glow

Brennan suggests combining one part foundation with one part liquid illuminator and massaging it all over your face with your fingertips. Mark Duotint in Double Rose, $6, and American Beauty All Over Face Glow in Gold Glow, $15. Finish with a light-reflecting glitter powder dusted on top.

9. Make your handshake more tempting

Since you’ll be shaking hands and mingling all night, mist your fragrance on your palms so that your touch releases a small amount of perfume.

10. Build a sultry updo 

Tease the hair around your crown with dry hair, then turn your head upside down and mist the underneath layers with hair spray, says Patrick Melville, creative director of Warren-Tricomi salons. Flip your hair back up and lock it with bobby pins in a loose bun with the exception of the front part. Now spray those face-framing bits with hairspray and blow dry them smooth with a round brush. A few inches above one of your ears, place a glitzy hair accessory.


11. Have your lids set 

Blend a creamy concealer onto your lids and into the inner corners of your eyes before applying any eye makeup. This will establish a foundation for your shadow to adhere to and hides any redness.

12. Get the most out of your group legs 

If you don’t have time to do a complete in-shower shave, apply baby oil to your legs before shaving, advises Dana Minkin, owner of the Gloss Day Spa in New York City. “The oil will protect your skin and leave your legs silky smooth.”

13. Give your manicure a lift 

Apply a gleaming, transparent top coat over the current nail polish. According to Sunshine Outing, a nail technician at Haven spa in New York City, it will give them a shiny finish and prevent nicks, making your mani look freshly finished.

14. A smouldering stare

It is a good choice. A classic night-outlook is a smoky eye effect. How to do it: According to Charlie Green, a NYC makeup artist who works with Heidi Klum, line the rims of your upper and lower lashes with black eyeliner. Smudge the pencil into your lashes with a stiff brush. Sweep a dark shadow over your lids to finish.

15. Avoid seeing a gleaming nose

Have you lost your powder compact at home? A piece of one of those toilet-seat covers in the ladies’ room can be used to cover up a glaring T zone. According to Mary Lisa, a makeup artist at the Julien Farel salon in NYC, it will serve as a blotting paper.


16. Bring the eye fringe up 

If you don’t have an eyelash curler on hand, don’t worry. Instead, Mary Lisa recommends using a durable plastic spoon. Simply press the curved end of the mascara wand into your eye socket until the tip flips up your lashes, and then swipe on your mascara.

17. Make a headband for your hair 

Here’s a quick and simple way to dress up your unkempt locks. According to Enzo Angileri, a Los Angeles stylist who works with Charlize Theron and Lucy Liu, “first blow-dry your strands so they’re straight, then make a side section.” Pull the front two inches of your hair taut and tie it with an elastic under the upper layers. Spritz your hair with hairspray. Matrix Freeze Trix, $12.95, is his suggestion.

18. Make your body a piece of art 

Dust a shimmery body powder over the tops of your breasts to enhance your cleavage. To keep the sparkles from falling off on your clothes (and your date’s shirt), Green recommends first applying a body lotion to give the glitter something to adhere to. Victoria’s Secret Everything That Shimmers Body Powder and Brush, $27, is what she’s using.

19. Get your hands on the ultimate blowout 

The trick to perfectly straight strands is to use a straightening iron. Flip your head over after you’ve done blow-drying your hair. Using a flatiron to smooth out any kinky bits in the underneath parts of your hair when you are upside down, says Angileri.

20. Reduce the amount of money you have

If your purse is too small to suit all of your primers, carry a balm like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, $15. It can be used as a lip gloss, a cuticle balm, or a highlighter for the face.

21. Smell your hair

Sarah Horowitz-Thran, founder of The House of Creative Scentualization, recommends putting a small amount of an oil-based fragrance on your fingertips and running them through your hair. Oil will last longer in your hair than a conventional spray, and it will not dry it out.

22. Bring out your natural colour

Using a temporary colour-depositing conditioner before a major event to improve your hair colour and add lots of shine, says Hawkins. Enable it to sit on freshly washed hair for around 15 minutes for the best performance. The effects will last for many shampoos.

23. Give your tresses a tune-up

If your hair is frizzy and you don’t have any cream, wash your hands and smooth your palms over your strands. Any items you applied in the morning will be reactivated by the bath.

24. Make the shoes softer

Stephanie Sankoff, the founder of Lucky Chick bath goods, recommends sloughing your feet in the tub with a pumice stone before wearing strappy sandals. Then, when you’re getting ready, apply an ultrathick foot lotion and wear cotton socks to help the moisturizer absorb. Try Spearmint Foot Fetish Foot and Leg Cream by Lucky Chick.

25. Invest in 24-karat gold eyes

Glistening gold eyes are the ideal contrast to bold red lips. To achieve the look, blend a cream eye shadow onto the lids with your finger. According to Vaughan, if your skin is pale, go for a light champagne tone; if your skin is medium or olive, go for a bronze hue.

26. Add some glitz to your eyeliner

Instead of using a plain eyeliner, NYC makeup artist Paula Dorf recommends using one with flecks of glitter. To make any eye colour look extra sparkly, she built Paula Dorf Eye Color Glimmer in Mambo, $18.

27. Change the look of your pony

Use a fine-tooth comb to tease your roots at the crown of your head for a simple, elegant tress effect. Then, according to Spresa Bojkovic, owner of the Damian West salon in NYC, gather your hair into a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic. Take a one-inch section of hair and wrap it around the elastic, securing the end with a bobby pin underneath the ponytail.

28. Look beautiful in photos

Apply a mattifying lotion to your T zone before applying your makeup to avoid a shiny complexion caused by a camera flash, according to Vaughan. It’ll keep oil at bay for the rest of the night. Estée Lauder Direct Difference Advanced Oil-Control Hydrator, $32.50, is one we want.

29. Apply it with a spray bottle

Fill a spray bottle with dry body oil and mist it all over right after you shower to give your skin a sexy sheen in seconds, says Minkin. Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil ($25.30) is one of our favourites. 

30. Choose the ideal product

According to Richard Corio, a stylist at the Sally Hershberger salon in NYC, only one styler should be held at the office for postwork primping. Depending on your hair type, here’s a fast guide: Girls with curly hair should use a texturizing cream. Try a smoothing cream if your hair is straight. Short hair will benefit the most from a nonsticky gel.

31. Put your fragrance in a strategic spot

Mist your bra and undies with your favourite scent before heading to work in the morning. The scent will stick to the fabric and will last until you take off your clothes. You won’t have to cart your scent around in your pocket this way.

32. Turn up the volume on your radiance

There’s no need to wash your face and start over with your makeup. Instead, Troy Surratt, a NYC makeup artist, suggests patting a light face moisturiser over your day makeup. “It’ll give you a dewy, new look right away.” Then go ahead and touch up your work.

33. Have a good sense of hair foresight

If you know your p.m. plans ahead of time, Corio recommends getting up a little early the next morning to give your mane a super sleek blowout before going to work. “Whether you want to put it up or just wear it down, this will ensure that it looks good later on.”

34. Flaunt your red-hot lips 

A scarlet pout is the way to go for a sultry lip effect. Apply a contrasting lip liner over the lipstick after it has dried. This will smooth out any rough edges and give your lip colour a velvety, long-lasting finish. When you do actually get out of bed, follow this advice to mask the signs of a late night out.

35. Remove any stinky strands

Rub a fabric-softener sheet along the length of your hair, beginning at your roots, if your hair smells like a bar, says senior stylist Elvin Arvelo, co-owner of the Julien Farel salon in NYC.

36. Pretend to be awake 

Using a flesh-toned pencil to line the lower inner rims of your eyes to give the appearance of well-rested eyes, advises Dorf. “When you’re tired, this region is normally bloodshot, and the pencil can overcome the redness, making your eyes appear white.”

37. Make your skin glow

 Drinking too much alcohol will make your skin look dull. Gabrielle Ophals, co-owner of Haven spa in NYC, recommends using a moisturising face mask to improve your glow. Keep one in the refrigerator to help you wake up when you need it.

38. Clean locks are fudged 

If you don’t have time to shampoo, Jet, owner of the Jet Rhys salon in San Diego, recommends dipping a makeup brush in baby powder (or matte bronzer if your hair is dark) and sweeping it over your roots.

39. Get rid of the dark circles

Using a salmon-hued concealer to hide undereye circles. The pinkish hue balances out the bluish undertones.

40. Get to know your bedhead

Act with the rumpled texture instead of attempting to wrestle messy morning-after hair into submission, says Hawkins. To tame frizz and bring out your natural waves, simply scrunch some curl-enhancing mousse into your dry hair. Tresemmé Curl-Enhancing Mousse, $4, is his favorite.


To groom is an art. Do it with passion. The makeup tips every woman should know are listed above. A neat and long-lasting impression is always an added advantage. Women who love themselves spend time with makeup and hairstyling. In fact, self-love is self-care. Share these tips with the beautiful women you know. Shine inside out!  

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