When it's this time of year, the number of Christmas parties and office parties is insane- for some people it can almost be a nightly occurrence! It can be a total mare battling rush hour traffic on the way home to get ready, so it's generally far easier to just stay on at work and get ready there. As long as you have a few key products (don't forget your makeup brushes!), it's super easy to transform your makeup look from office-appropriate to PARTY TIME. Read on to find out how- and remember to apply your makeup in good lighting...not on the way to the function in the back of a dark cab. Things could get crazy far sooner than you intended.
Remove any eye makeup that may have smeared- and any foundation or concealer that you may want to touch up. It's better to start afresh rather than pile on layer after layer! These wipes from ModelCo are super gentle.
Use some blotting papers (like these bad boys from Bobbi Brown) to calm down your T Zone- or anywhere prone to oiliness. Everyone should have blot film in their bag!
Use a good smelling hydrating facial mist to instantly give your skin a boost. It will refresh whatever makeup you choose to leave in place, and help make any new makeup application last longer
This wee Lorac palette is PERFECT to take your eye makeup from day to night! You can use the neutral shade during the day; then amp it up later by sweeping the pewter shade over your lid. For a super smoky sexy eye, blend the dark brown matte shade into the crease, and smoke it out along your lower lash line. It's so simple, but looks incredible- team it with a nude lip to balance things out.
You MUST use a lil shimmer in the evenings, especially in the festive season. I'm not saying you have to be a human disco ball, just highlight the tops of your cheekbones, brow bone, cupids bow, and a tiny bit on your chin. This can also look awesome on your collarbone and shoulders...cos why not?
I'm a big fan of using a matte lip product for nights out- particularly super long wearing ones. Who wants to stress about lip liner when you're trying to have a good time?! The Australis Velourlips are high performing, have a great range of shades, and don't break the bank. Extra points for them being affordable; if you lose one along your merry way it won't be such a killer. Your headache is another story.