1. Choose your lip formula carefully.
If you’re going to wear lipstick, it’s the one product you’ll always need to bring along. (Sorry.) Prep lips by gently exfoliating with a lip scrub or washcloth, then moisturize. Using a lip liner under your long-wearing lipstick is one way to make colour last, but if you’re going to be eating and/or drinking and have a tendency to assume the worse (Lipstick on teeth! Lipstick on chin! Etc.), stick with a sheer wash of colour that won’t be as obvious if it starts to fade or move around. These vitamin-enriched balms from CoverGirl are super hydrating and offer just a hint of colour, so you can reapply with abandon. (I.e. without a mirror). CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balm in Jelly ($9.99), at drugstores and mass-market retailers. READ MORE: 12 gifts the ELLE Canada beauty team would not hate to receive on Valentine's Day
2. Dab the oil.
If you tend to get a little "dewy" as the night wears on - even under candlelight - make like makeup artists backstage at New York Fashion Week and grab the nearest tissue to mattify skin. Just hold it over your face and gently tap down on the oily areas. No extra powder needed. Kleenex Everyday Tissues Wallet Pack ($1.50), at drugstores and mass-market retailers. READ MORE: 12 moisturizing face masks to help you survive winter
3. Fix frizz.
These dryer sheet lookalikes are great for taming frizzy hair, and do double duty as static-cling removers. Bring just one with you, then toss it when you’re done. Kérastase PARIS Carré Lissant ($35), at kerastase.ca. READ MORE: Why winter is the perfect time to up your skincare game