‘Tis the season for festive after-work drinks, impromptu trips to holiday markets and Christmas parties. And while you may manage to power your way through the day and dance your way through the night, sometimes your make-up just can’t keep up.
There’s nothing worse than catching your reflection in a mirror on a night out, only to realise the face you spent a good half hour applying in the morning has slipped down.
But fear not, we’ve got some invaluable tips on how you can party-proof your make-up throughout the Christmas party season. You’re welcome.
Prime, prime, prime
There’s no product more underrated than primer. Apply a thin layer on your face after moisturising and it’ll provide a smooth, even base for your foundation to cling on to.
Primer also stops make-up from sinking into your skin – which can end up accentuating your pores – and instead maximise its staying power.
Pick the right products
Long-wear make-up is named as such for a reason – apply it in the morning and you won’t have to worry about it budging, smudging or sliding off your face.
There’s a foundation out there to suit all skin types and cater to all finishes, whether you prefer your look to be flawlessly matte or naturally dewy.
Start by applying a thin layer and building it up until you’ve got the coverage you desire – this way you don’t have to worry about your make-up looking caked on, and can achieve a lightweight look that lasts.
You can’t go wrong with a little translucent powder
Set your flawless foundation with a dust of translucent powder, specifically to that dreaded T-zone and other areas that tend to get shiny.
The powder will absorb any excess oil that builds up throughout the day (and evening!) and prevent creases, keeping your skin looking smooth.
Or a spritz of fixing spray
For that extra security, a spritz of fixing spray will seal your look and prevent make-up meltdowns throughout the day and night.
Spray it on your face after your look is complete and it’ll lock everything into place, eliminating the risk of your make-up melting by the afternoon.
Blotting papers are your friend
It’s tempting to dab a little extra powder or foundation when you feel your face getting greasy, but beware as this can lead to your make-up looking cakey.
Step away from the products and grab blotting paper instead. Gently press a sheet against the troublesome area and it’ll absorb any surface oil without ruining your carefully crafted look.
Don’t forget your make-up bag
Keep your make-up essentials – such as eyeliner, lipstick, pressed powder, blotting papers – in your handbag in case of any emergency touch-ups you may need.
Try not to pack it with each and every product, that way you won't be tempted to layer more on instead.