by Shaheen Rajan
For a sultry look that accentuates your face, try a cat eye. Use a small, stiff brush to trace your upper lash lines with black shadow (it won’t budge). Then extend the line a half-inch beyond your outer corners and flick up toward the end of your brows. Soften the line and hide mistakes by blending a metallic gray shadow over it.
One sip of champagne and you can kiss your lip gloss good-bye. A better option: Apply one coat of a creamy matte lipstick, then blot with a tissue to lift off the excess pigment. This will leave a lasting stain on your mouth. Do another layer for a deeper color, and try not to rub your lips together afterward. Otherwise, the color will smear.
Cream blushes and bronzers tend to slide off, especially in a warm, crowded room or if you’ve been dancing. A matte powder formula, on the other hand, will stay put even if you work up a sweat. A good one: Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Powder Blush.
Candlelight — which can be found at any holiday soiree — is superflattering. Use it to your advantage and blend a bit of highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bones, and above your cupid’s bow. The shimmer particles will catch the flame so your face will look radiant.
Nowadays shampoos are formulated to be style-specific. So it’s smart to suds up with one that will prep your hair for the look you’re going for, whether it’s sleek tresses, soft waves, or glossy curls. Not only will it make your styling session way easier, but it also helps your strands retain their shape. Check out Sunsilk Shampoos.
The best way to party-proof your spirals is to choose a curling iron that’s one size smaller than the waves you want. Your curls will look tight at first, but they’ll soften slightly without looking droopy. It’s also a good idea to mist each section with a thermal setting spray before you wrap it around the iron for extra hold.
Prolong the staying power of your scent by applying it to your pulse points (wrists and neck). These give off heat to release the fragrance. And since dry skin can’t hold onto scents well, rub on a moisturizer beforehand, or a perfumed lotion to hydrate and smell pretty. A sensual new scent: Avon Bond Girl 007.
A full face of base can look cakey and blotchy as the night goes on. Plus, dim lighting is really forgiving so you don’t need that much coverage. Just hide imperfections like under-eye circles, zits, and any redness around your nose with concealer.
Make your skin look amazing in a revealing dress or top by exfoliating from the neck down. Since your back is a hard-to-reach spot, use a long-handled loofah brush. Then, make sure your newly polished skin gleams for hours with a spray-on body bronzer (check in the mirror for streaks).
This standard style can be dressed up for evening and will look glam all night. Tease the hair around the crown of your head, mist with hairspray, then pull everything straight back at eye level. Take a small section of hair from the pony and wrap it around the elastic, securing it with a bobby pin.
Keep your eye makeup from migrating down your face by applying a shadow base first. Try Elizabeth Arden Advanced Eye-Fix Primer. Don’t have an eye primer on hand? No worries: A creamy concealer or sheer foundation will do the trick.
A messy bun or knot is great for a night out since the more it loosens up, the sexier it looks. Work mousse into damp hair to get some grip and hold, then blow-dry (use a diffuser if you have straight hair). Gather everything into a low ponytail, leaving the tail in a loop with the ends sticking out. Adorn with a sparkly hair accessory.
Prevent fine hair from losing its oomph by misting damp roots with a volumizing spray. Then, blow-dry your strands while using a small, round brush to lift up your roots. Midway through the evening, flip your head over and revive your roots with your fingertips.
Clingy holiday ensembles reveal everything — including sweat spots under your breasts (eek!). To curb moisture stains before they start, swipe a clear deodorant under your ta-tas prior to getting dressed. Also, stash a travel-size deodorant in your purse so you can reapply if the room gets really crowded or you start dancing up a storm.
Makeup applied on top of dry skin will flake right off, so exfoliate first. Most people often forget that dry skin can appear on their noses as well, which can subsequently lead to their nose peeling. And this is not good if you don’t want your makeup from flaking off. You don’t want people telling you that ‘your nose is peeling‘ once you’re out, so make sure that you get ahead of it first and exfoliate all areas of your face. Then, prep your face with a silicone-based moisturizing primer. This will plump up your skin and give your makeup an even base to glide onto for a flawless finish. Try Revlon Beyond Natural Smoothing Primer.