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Party Makeup On A Budget

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Party Wear Makeup

When you’re out partying every week (read Wednesday ‘cause ladies’ night), it gets tougher. 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 Tricks

Party Makeup Tips

1. 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.

2. 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.

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Party Makeup at Home

3. 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.

4. 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 beauty.

Night Party Makeup
Party Eye Makeup

5. 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.

6. 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.

Simple Makeup for Party
Light Makeup for Party

7. 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.

8. 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!

Day Party Makeup
Party Makeup Tips

9. 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.

10. 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.

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Light Makeup for Party

11. 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!

Top Party Makeup Looks

Now that you have a fair idea about all the essentials that you need to create a stunning party makeup look, join us as we decode the most sought-after party makeup looks.

1. Glitter Party Eye Makeup

When it comes to party wear makeup, an element that we’re big on is glitter. And considering glitter lids have been in vogue for a while now, here’s a night party makeup look that you should seriously consider this weekend.

Start with a neutral eyeshadow shade that’ll help set the base. Next up, build on the glitter and spread it out evenly throughout the lid, right up to the crease. If you’re a fan of liquid formulas, go ahead with the Nicka K Radiant Liquid Eye Shadow – Golden Gemma. But if you’re a powderpuff girl, go for the Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Glitter Single – Brass.

Here’s a party makeup tip. Coat your lashes with mascara, keep the rest of your face clean, and head out with muted lips.

Party Eye Makeup
Party Makeup

2. Graphic Eyes On Point

Intense graphic eyes are huge and rightly so. Though they require a considerable amount of time and precision, the result is worth it. Here’s a highly dramatic evening party makeup look that we’re crushing on.

Using the Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner With Expert Eyeliner Brush and a little patience, draw the outline of your cat-eye first. Then fill it out and add loads of mascara to the mix. Remember to keep your waterline bare to further bring out the contrast.

Complement this party eye makeup look with alluring arches, glazed cheekbones and a blush pink pout.

3. Smokey Party Eye Makeup

Party or no party, smoked out eyes are a universal hit. In fact, if a trip to the salon isn’t on your mind right now, this look is your best bet at party makeup at home, no joke!

Using the kohl tip of the Colorbar Just Smoky Eye Kajal to line your upper and lower lash line heavily. Now using the built-in smudger at the other end, smudge it out gently. Repeat the process until you achieve the desired intensity. Finish off with loads and loads of mascara.

For this party makeup look, stick to a classic nude matte lip shade and a rosy flush of color for your cheeks, so your eyes can do all the talking.

Night Party Makeup
Cocktail Party Makeup

4. Colourful Party Makeup Look

A rather simple makeup for party look, incorporating a pop of color into your usual routine changes the game altogether. We’ve handpicked this one ‘cause low on effort, high on impact is more our vibe.

Start off by drawing a thin line across your upper lash line using the Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate The Gelato Collection - 01 Mandarino, finishing off with a wing. Now using Limoncello from the same range, create a double wing that starts at the center of your lid, instead of the inner corner of your eye.

Sunshine eyes are ready, now it’s time for the popsicle pout. Swipe the SUGAR Smudge Me Not Liquid Lipstick - 07 Rethink Pink across your lips and call it a day.

5. Bold Lips For A Power Pout

If a juicy, plump pout is your drug too, look nowhere further than this party makeup look. A hot, bold burgundy pout has been a classic hit since time immemorial and we couldn’t have been more thankful, especially on rushed evenings when the squad makes a sudden boozy plan.

Start by precisely lining your lips using the Kay Beauty Matte Action Lip Liner – Applause. Fill in with the Nykaa Ultra Matte Lipstick - Cleopatra 08. Now if you’re not a matte fanatic and would rather gloss it up for a night of dancing, swish the Smashbox Gloss Angeles Extra Shine – Clear as a lip topper for fuller-looking lips.

Team this up with radiant skin, bare eyes (yes, absolutely bare) and look-at-me brows. Brb dying.

Party Makeup Looks
Indian Party Makeup

6. A Highlighted, Full-Glam Face

Apart from highlighter babies who can’t imagine even the gloomiest Monday mornings without a little gleam, most of us consider highlighters as only party wear makeup. Either way this day party makeup look is LIT, in every sense!

Highlight the high points of your face – your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the brow bone, and the cupid’s bow. For a little extra fun, dab a little pigment on the inner corner of your eyes and your chin.

While the Nykaa Glow Goals! Shimmer Brick Highlighter Palette is a great option in powder-based palettes, a drop of the NYX Professional Makeup Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator is enough to fulfil all your shimmer dreams. Then there’s also the Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Strobing Stick that’s easily the most convenient to use.

Other elements that will add character to this cocktail makeup look is a subtle eyeliner flick and a classic red pout.

7. Blue Party Eye Makeup

This party eye makeup look is for the ones who love all eyes on them. A quick ticket to becoming the star of the party in no time, think of electric blue lids as the party poppers you didn’t know you needed.

Start by layering your lids with the Kay Beauty Metallic Eyeshadow Stick – Navigator. For this night party makeup look, you’ll need to cover the entire lid, right up to the crease. Whether you choose to smoke it out or keep the lines defined, the blue will add so much character to your #OOTN.

Since you’re anyway going all out with this one, why shy away from a gluing on a pair of false eyelashes. Finish off the look with defined brows and nude lip gloss.

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