Because sometimes there just isn’t time (or energy) to play by the beauty rule book as you waltz your way through the dizzying array of parties this time of year heralds. So, here’s your cheat sheet to glossy hair, 24 carat polished skin and on point lips with very little effort.
Read on to know party makeup tips and hacks to shine at every party. Shhh…lets keep this between us.
1. TO GET DEWY SKIN ASAP
All those margaritas can dry out skin faster than a bullet train. Cleopatra bathed in asses milk for silken skin so why should you do things differently? Add a cup of powdered milk to your bath water and rinse off with that. You can splash it on your face too. Then just rinse with cool water for your softest, moistest skin ever. Or else The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Caring Shower Cream will do just fine because this soap-free shower gel is designed to retain your skin's natural moisture barrier and pH balance.
2. TO REDUCE PUFFINESS ON-THE-GO
Keep two dessert spoons chilled in your freezer through the party season. This would be the best beauty tip you’ll ever know. Take it from us! Cryotherapy—using cold temperatures to reduce puffiness and inflammation—is the quickest, tried-and-tested way to calm and deflate puffy, tired eyes. Gently sweep the curved outer base of the spoon under the eye and over dark circles for instant results. Remember, upwards and outward, never back and forth. Or just keep The Face Shop Bright Eyes Modeling Gel Patch handy to quickly restore calm.
3. FOR (WATER-LESS) JUST SHAMPOOED HAIR
Sure, you’ve heard of dry shampoo, probably used it even. But you’re doing it all wrong. Instead of spritzing and brushing it out right away, spray your roots with dry shampoo like Batiste Dry Shampoo Instant Hair Refresh Fruity & Cheeky Cherry just before you sleep. Don’t worry about the powder because your hair oils will absorb it during the night. Wrap your hair in an old cotton T to keep your pillowcase clean. The just brush out hair in the morning. Good as new!
4. TO MAKE YOUR EYES LOOK BIGGER
Did you know the first thing men notice about women? Their eyes. Large eyes are deemed more attractive because they make you look younger. For starters, make sure your brows are groomed and gelled in place. Always define the underneath of the brow, not the top of it. Celeb MUA Namrata Soni says, “Instead of using a gel all through the brow that can make them look heavy, use a tinted brow product like Nykaa Brow Chika WOW Eyebrow Pencil - Coven Cocoa 01that glides on and merges with the natural fibres in your brows to stay on for a more natural look.” Then apply a smoky brown eyeliner like L.A. Girl Glide Gel Liner - Dark Brown along your upper and lower waterline. Finish with lashings of a long-lasting volumizing mascara like Faces Magneteyes Dramatic Volumizing Mascara Black.
6. TO BRIGHTEN A TIRED COMPLEXION
Want to know the quickest & best makeup tip to turn a pasty complexion into a glowing one? Highlighter! Guaranteed to leave your skin positively glowing and give you fresh, dewy (Instagram-worthy) skin. Liquid highlighters like L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator - W101 Golden Dore are the easiest to blend and designed to illuminate, conceal, define and sculpt. Apply under the eyes to conceal late nights, and along the upper lip to make your cupids bow appear fuller. Or blend on your brow bones and cheeks for a brighter complexion.
7. TO MAKE YOUR EYESHADOW POP
And draw attention away from the fact that you haven’t got enough shut-eye. To make your eyeshadow pop, you don't even need eyeshadow primers or setting powder. Simply apply white kohl like Deborah Kajal Pencil - 117 White all over your lid in thick strokes and blend all over with your finger. Then layer your brightest turquoise, marsala or emerald shadows right on top. The white layer gives the perfect base to liven up your shadow. We especially love the vibrant hues of Makeup Revolution 32 Eyeshadow Palette - Eyes Like Angels.
8. To Zap your Zit in a Flash
It’s party season and there’s nothing like a massive, angry zit to ruin those perfect selfies (and your social life). Yes, we’re talking about those monstrous pimples that are nestled deep within your skin and that are almost impossible to camouflage with makeup. So, if you find yourself with a honker so big that you can spot it from outer space, get thyself to a dermat, stat! A cortisone shot is the fastest way to take down a nasty pimple that crops up right before an event or party. Its injected directly into the spot for no more than a few seconds and just like magic, your dreaded pimple will disappear in a mere 12 hours. Now that’s what we call a success story. Caution: don’t try this at home.