The fact that the biggest party season of the year is also a dreaded ‘month-end’ is perhaps God’s way of mocking us. I mean, what can enthusiastic-but-hard up makeup enthusiasts like us achieve on a shoestring budget. Thankfully, Nykaa has undertaken the humongous task of making life easy for us and our pockets. Here’s a blissfully easy party makeup tutorial, using products whose price tags won’t give you a harsh reality check. #PartyGirls, listen up close.
Presenting Our Top Party Makeup Picks
Perfect The Primer
A long night of some pretty HAWT dance moves require a makeup base that stays put right till the crack of dawn. How to get there? Just dab on a dot of Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer for an even-toned makeup canvas. The lightweight, water-proof, and mattifying formula makes it an indispensable part of our party makeup tips.
A Strong Foundation
Party or no party, you can’t really skip that foundation. Getting that flawless base without blowing up money is no mean feat. Our to-go thrifty beauty is Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting & Hydrating Foundation. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, its unique color-adapting technology has us rooting for it already.
The Master Magician
A dimly lit pub isn’t reason enough for you to not pay attention to those blemishes and under-eye bags. And if you thought all concealers are pricey, the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD begs to differ. With a stunning range of 24 shades, this buildable formula provides a matte, natural-looking finish like no other. That’s a thumbs-up from us.
Pact With The Compact
Nothing like the horror of your makeup turning cakey even before you’ve downed the first peg of the night. If that’s your #TrueStory, you’re probably undervaluing the power of a compact. Invest in the modest yet effective L'Oreal Paris Mat Magique All-In-One Pressed Powder. Infused with SPF 34 and a special sebum-absorb formula, this one’s our fave under-500 beaut.
Dress Up Those Lids
One of the trendiest party makeup looks involves going big on the shadow. For that hypnotizing wink, trust nobody but our very own winkmaster, the Nykaa Just Wink It! - Wet & Dry Eyeshadow Palette. Each palette smartly comprises of base, dimension-building, and finishing hues, so you get a complete look with just one product, even while saving some precious penny.
The Killer Wing
It’s safe to say that no party wear makeup is complete without intensely lined, jet-black eyes. Since even the most impeccably kohled eyes tend to get smudgy as the night passes, we’d skip the stick altogether. Instead, we’d place our bets on a very affordable, fine-tipped wonder, the Maybelline New York The Colossal Liner. Channel your inner Cleopatra and master the famed wing.
Lash Out Loud
When has a party makeup step by step tutorial ever been complete without some mascara overload? For an eye game that stays LIT even after the afterparty ends, you need fanned-out, fluttery lashes. Swear by the Colorbar Lash Illusion Mascara Duo for a clump-free formula and two-in-one effect. Thick and long lashes? Check.
Big On Brows
Be the brow-alicious beauty of the party. Now if you’re not a bushy babe by default, here’s how you can amp up the brow game. Groom, shape and fill in the gaps with the reasonably-priced, Deborah 24 Ore Eyebrow Pencil. Equipped with a cutesy mini brow-brush to tame stray strands. Awesome arches? Hell, yes!
Blush Blush Baby
Be it a lazy Sunday brunch or a tipsy night at the pub, you can’t really get over your love for flushed, just-pinched cheeks? Ditto! Go from fine to fabulous with the help of this low-on-moolah cheeky baby, the Blue Heaven Diamond Blush On. Seven, soft-textured shades that come with an easy-to-use applicator. This one’s a sure-shot steal.
The Diva Who Dazzles
C’mon, you didn’t think of stepping out the house without swiping on some shimmer, did you? How else will you become the ‘highlight’ of the party, love? No makeup for party is complete without liberal lashings of Makeup Obsession Highlighter that provides the ultimate high-definition, long-lasting illumination to your Indian party makeup look.
Pout. Party. Repeat.
Want a night of careless boozing sans frequent powder room breaks to refresh your lipstick? Well, that’s only possible if you finish your party makeup at home with a pocket-friendly yet superbly matte lipstick. We put the NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick to the test and crashed the morning after with a perfectly-painted pout. Really!