Ideas - Party Makeup
Party Makeup Ideas
Whether you have a dinner, office, or
New Year's Eve party to get ready for -- or it's just happy-hour with
your coworkers, we've got makeup tips for you! We've asked the experts
and they've provided us with everything you need to know to look great
this holiday season.
For a Dinner Party
The best way to make lipstick stay put
through a meal is to layer your lip products. Lip primers are a good
place to start since they prevent feathering and fading. Clinique's All
about Lips is a lip primer that comes in a handy pump dispenser and
moisturizes in addition to keeping lip color in place. Next, follow
- Use a lip liner to fill in your
lips. Try Prescriptive Lip Coloring Pencil in Wine or your favorite
shade. Lip liner will act as a base color and primer for your
lipstick. It will last long after your lipstick.
- Apply a matte or long-wearing
lipstick such as 3C's Cool Rose, Cover Girl's Hydrating Lip Color in
Sugar Plum pink or LORAC's red Catherine.
- After your meal, touch up with a
lip-gloss to enliven your lips. Try Revlon's Color Lip Shine in Torch
or LORAC's Lip Gloss in Luscious.
For an Office Holiday Party
Sheer and natural makeup is the key to
looking professional at any office gathering. But remember, even the
most natural, sheer looks will take a few cosmetics to look polished.
Here are some easy guidelines to follow :
- Foundation: When you shop for
foundation, try products on your jawbone to ensure that they match
your skin tone. Makeup artists love foundations from Bobbi Brown,
Cover Girl, Laura Mercier, Nars or Sonia Kashuk. Make sure you apply
foundation to clean skin.
- Concealer: If you have blemishes,
use a concealer one shade darker than your skin to cover them up. (Use
a cotton swab or concealer brush and dot a tiny amount of the
concealer to mask the blemish.) If you have under eye circles, use a
concealer one shade lighter than your skin. Use your fingers or a
concealer brush to glide the product over dark areas, blending well.
For any other concealing needs, such as hiding broken capillaries next
to the nose, use a concealer that matches your skin exactly. Try True
Concealer from Skin Alison Raffaele. It comes in seven shades, so you
can find a perfect match to your skin tone, even
- Finish up with a loose translucent
powder. Skin Skin Alison Raffaele has a great one called Transparent
Finish powder, suitable for all skin tones. Apply it over your face in
sweeping motions with a big, soft, fluffy brush to get maximum
coverage and optimum blending.
For a Happy Hour with
Is it work or is it play?
You want to keep a polished look with your colleagues, but you want to
dress up a little. Blush is always a great place to start when you want
to spruce up your look. Clinique's Soft-Pressed Powder goes on easily
and comes in many sheer shades.
If you want more color, try lipstick in
Light Pink or Gold, which can be used to brighten up the eyes, lips and
cheeks. Blend it into your skin with your fingers or a makeup brush so
you get an ''edgeless'' finish. You can also try jazzing up your
traditional favorites by selecting browns, grays and pinks that have a
pearly appearance. Some smart picks are Clinique Soft Powder Blush in
Sugar Plum, Clinique Blush Wear in Shy Blush, Cover Girl Metallic
Eyeliner in Midnight Metal, Hot Cocoa and Midnight Rose and L'Oreal Eye
Smoker in Carob.
For an Evening Party
This is the time to be creative with
your makeup and try new things.
Try dusting a translucent shimmer
powder, available in loose and pressed formulas, onto your bare skin
with a powder puff. Shimmer powders are easy to apply and add a light,
sparkly dusting to your skin. Try Shimmer Powder or in Gold.
Shimmery Lotions -- sheer and unscented -- can also add a sparkle to
cleavage, arms, shoulders or legs when applied directly to bare skin.
Try Moisturizer, but remember a little bit of shimmer lotion will go a
long way, so apply it sparingly with your fingertips.
Finally, if you decide against body shimmer you can play up your eyes
with some pearly shadows, such as Clinique's High Impact Shadows in
Sugar Sugar, Smashing and Serenity. Just sweep the color of your choice
across your lid with the provided applicator for a fuss-free but
glamorous look. Don't forget to use mascara to complete your look. Try
Lancome's Magnificils, or if you want a waterproof formula, then try
If you decide to play up your eyes, then be sure to keep your lips
natural and glossy.