By Samantha Lennon
End-of-the-year holiday extravaganzas are some of the best excuses to get seriously glammed up for some memorable occasions with good friends and family. Makeup obviously plays an important role for everyone this time of year. We become outrageous characters for Halloween, then we have rare family gatherings for Thanksgiving. Holiday office parties, on the other hand, are a great time to impress co-workers with your style and get super hot for your office crush.
The thing about an after-work office party is that you may have to go from a day-to-night look without being in the comfort of your own home. You may think it’s a challenging task at hand, but it’s not. What are a few things you can take to work to enhance and freshen up your makeup after a long day’s work? Well, for one thing, I recommend going super natural in the daytime so that you have the biggest “wow” factor in the evening time, when you “transition.”
Bring a little Ziploc bag of the products you will need, instead of having everything mixed in your daily makeup kit. Bring a clean foundation sponge, a few Kleenex, blotting sheets, your favorite brand of lashes, mascara, black eyeliner and an eyelash curler. If you want to start from scratch, make sure you have makeup remover wipes, a toner and moisturizer.
Perhaps you wore a tinted moisturizer in the daytime. You can still use the same product in the evening time, or bring your favorite foundation. One of the biggest wow factors in a perfected, glammed up makeup look is luminous, glowing skin. To kick things up a notch for a special event, mix two or three pumps of a golden or pearly white liquid highlighter into your liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. Try one from Lorac Oil Free Luminizer or Makeup For Ever Uplight collections.
Another glowing wow factor you can add, is to dust a highly pigmented shimmer powder on your cheekbones, highlight under brows and highlight corner of eye. This can be done with the same product, another one from Makeup For Ever from their Star Powder line. Try colors white/peach or white/pink. As the night goes on, and it has a chance to settle with the foundation and natural oils of your skin, I swear you will have the most beautiful glow. Pair this extra glowing skin with a smoky eye, cat eye, red lip or anything! Bring any eye shadow palette that you love to give you instant and convenient options.
Don’t forget to bronze. Yes, I know it’s nighttime and we aren’t spending much time in the sun this time of year, but there’s something about bronzed, sculpted skin that gives dimension to your face, and even gives balance to your face when you are photographed –ever notice your face look a little paler in photos? Try a matte bronzer for contrast since you will already be a bronzed goddess If you don’t have any favorites, I can suggest one from Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder line. Depending on your skin tone, go a shade to two darker.
For lips, a little more is okay on these kinds of occasions. With all the potential drinking, chatting and dim lighting, having your lips look their best is by having them a bit more prepped and intensified from your daily routine. Don’t be alarmed. If you normally wear a nude lip, your intensified look would only be a nude lip on steroids, meaning a prepped and primed lip, a long lasting lip color and a gloss for added dimension and seal.
For a perfected red lip, condition and exfoliate your lips for at least five minutes, blot, then apply a lip-liner dedicated to conditioning, priming, and anti-feathering. I recommend Long-Lasting Anti-Feathering Lip Liner from Paula’s Choice because it can be used with any color (as it is clear) and it acts as a liner and primer and it really does make a difference in application and longevity. Finish with a creamy red, and top off with a clear or red gloss.
Samantha Lennon, Makeup Consultant & Artist
“Your Makeup Artist”
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