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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

 

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

Tip 1: Don’t overcomplicate things

“Holiday make-up doesn't have to be crazy complicated,” says makeup artist Sheri Stroh, who has worked with celebs like Selena Gomez, Sarah Rafferty and Carly Rae Jepsen. “Women have to remember, the more they put on, the more upkeep it will take to keep it fresh all night.” But if you like your makeup super contoured, you might be ok, says Stroh. “You can probably get away with a bit more since the lighting will (hopefully) be more dim and more flattering.”   READ MORE: All the beauty looks from Gigi Hadid's ELLE Canada cover shoot

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

Tip 2: Skincare prep is everything

“Prep is key when you need your makeup to last through the evening,” says New York-based makeup artist Blair Petty. “Healthier skin [i.e. hydrated skin] requires less makeup, and less makeup requires fewer touch-ups.” Stroh likes to massage facial oil into skin to increase circulation, then lightly blot off the excess with a tissue, follow with a thin coat of primer, and let set for a few minutes.   READ MORE: How to get Cara Delevingne's natural nude makeup

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

Tip 3: Consider easing up on the foundation

“If you really don't need the full coverage of foundation, then don't wear it,” says Petty. A little goes a long way, agrees Stroh, who recommends applying liquid or cream formulas first, then spot concealing under eyes, around the nose and any other areas with redness using a lightweight to medium coverage concealer as needed. Set with powder.   READ MORE: The 10 beauty trends you need to know for F/W 2015

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

Tip 4: Think thin, sheer layers of product - Part 1

“When it comes to making your makeup last, it's important to keep things as sheer as possible,” says Petty, who likes to use M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Long Wear Concealer (“It looks fantastic and I'm pretty sure it's hurricane-proof”) in lieu of a full face of foundation. “If you do need the full coverage of foundation, go with a long-wear formula that's still sheer,” he says. “Estée Lauder Double Wear Light is incredible and looks totally natural.” M.A.C Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer ($25), at maccosmetics.com. READ MORE: 7 highlighters to make you look more awake than you feel

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

Tip 4: Think thin, sheer layers of product - Part 2

It’s not just your base makeup that needs to be sheer. “When it comes to eyes and cheeks, I like to do thin layers of products that are different consistency to really build colour and add longevity,” says Stroh. “This means using an eyeshadow primer and cream shadows that dry and then layering powder shadow over top.” The same rule applies for eyeliner. Use a pencil and then set with the same shade of eyeshadow on a flat brush. For cheeks, Stroh doubles up on cream and powder. “I like a cream blush, applied after foundation, then set with face powder – and then you can apply a powder blush over top of that. It sounds like a lot, but you don't need a ton of each product, just a bit to make a real difference.”   READ MORE: The new way to do opulence, as seen at Michael Kors

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

Tip 5: Makeup doesn’t necessarily need to be a “long-wearing” formula

If you follow the previous sheer layering rule, you don’t necessarily need foundation that promises to last until dawn. “I don't really use anything that is specifically ‘long-wearing’ except for matte lipstick if someone wants that,” says Stroh. “If done correctly, your makeup should last – and I'm hoping you'll want to actually be having fun so you won't care about doing touch-ups all night or exactly how your makeup looks at every minute!”   READ MORE: 5 contouring products for people who don't know how to contour

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

Tip 6: Red lips are a classic party look, but proceed with caution

“Red lips are great for parties but they are typically more high maintenance. If you're paranoid about the pigment traveling then go for a stronger eye look instead,” says Petty. “A bold red lip is always really chic, and I love seeing a woman checking her lipstick in a compact, [there’s] something quite old Hollywood about it. (And old Hollywood is always in.)” Stroh is “all for red [lips] if you're into touch-ups,” but if you are not, “please avoid it at all costs,” she says. Also: “Avoid glosses over top of strong lip colours, as they can get everywhere."   READ NOW: The hottest beauty buys for fall

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

Tip 7: Beware of “frosty” products

Stroh says there is no need to avoid highlighter: “It always looks great,” she says. “Everyone should love a good glow, especially for evening.” She recommends both cream and powder formulas, “but if you are worried about looking greasy and are not experienced with them, stick to powder and keep it light, concentrating on the top of the cheekbones and the brow bone. Think of it as drawing a C on your face from eye to cheek.”   A final word of advice: “Never use white frost or anything too glittery, keep it a nice shimmery warm nude, like RMS Beauty Living Luminizer and Becca powder highlighter compacts.”   RMS Beauty Living Luminizer ($42), at rmsbeauty.com.   READ MORE: 7 products ELLE Canada editors swear by during the winter

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

Tip 8: Blend like your life depends on it

“After applying all of your makeup, make sure you blend with a brush, a sponge or even a soft tissue, it makes all of the difference,” says Stroh. “If you find you have applied too much makeup and blending isn't helping, you can always pat a little moisturizer or oil over top of heavy areas that need thinning out or look heavy and dry.”   READ MORE: A case for adding glitter and (more) eyeliner to your makeup wardrobe, right now

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9 tips for getting (and keeping) perfect party makeup

Tip 9: Trust in your application skills

“I'm not a fan of reapplication throughout the night unless you're talking about lips or a bit of unwanted shine on the face – and I'll allow for an eyeliner pencil if you need to retouch your waterline,” says Stroh. “If done correctly, your makeup should last and you won't need to worry (especially since lighting will probably be more dim anyway). Carry your lip products with you: liner/lipstick/gloss/balm, whatever you like, and some blot paper or powder compact – although I find carrying powder around annoying.”   READ MORE: The 56 best beauty products of 2015

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