It’s officially the time of year where your email and Facebook are blowing up with holiday party invites. While you may start off with a sultry smoky eye or a bold lip, by the time the spiked eggnog comes out and photos are snapped, Instagram may show a different message. Smudged eye shadow, melted foundation, or bleeding lipstick aren’t going to garner likes.
Luckily, there are a few tricks that can help your makeup hold up past midnight through dancing and drinks. By simply adding an extra product or two to your routine, your look can be ‘grammable all night long. Read on for six ways you can party-proof your makeup for all of your holiday season events.
1. Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner
Choose a lip liner close to your go-to holiday shade and apply it over your entire lip (like you would a lipstick), followed by your actual lipstick over it. While the liner will guarantee your bold lip will withstand a glass or two of champagne, we can’t guarantee it will hold up though a midnight kiss.
Too Faced | $17
2. CoverGirl Lashblast Waterproof Mascara
Even if the party you’re attending isn’t your own, we’ll leave the decision to cry up to you. If you do end up shedding a tear at any point throughout the night, it’s best you’ve gone out prepared. A waterproof mascara will prevent blackened tears, smudges, and puddles under your eyes.
CoverGirl | $7
3. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
Dust on a translucent powder once you’ve applied your foundation, concealor, and blush, to set your makeup for the night. A colorless powder will give you a natural finish that will take away and prevent shine, without adding texture, aka unwanted cakiness.
Laura Mercier | $33
4. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
If all else fails, keeping a stash of blotting papers on you is a convenient way to minimize shine and oil: consequences of all that time you spent on the dance floor. Clean & Clear’s sheets will remove excess shine and oil without affecting your makeup.
Clean & Clear | $5
5. Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer
Lock your eye shadow into place and stay crease-free throughout the night by sweeping a coat of Smashbox’s shadow primer across your lids before adding color. Since it's designed to withstand harsh studio lighting, disco balls and rainbow lights won’t stand a chance.
Smashbox | $20
6. M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Applying a makeup primer may seem like an unnecessary step, but the extra effort will pay off when your foundation is still perfectly intact come 2 a.m. In addition to smooth, lasting foundation coverage, M.A.C’s formula also has a glowing finish. Dab it on your under-eye area like a highlighter, for a boost of brightness that will give the illusion of a fresh face throughout the night.
MAC | $41