Hi there, it's me Charlotte, back to talk shop about beauty. This week the topic is: PARTY MAKEUP... The funnest makeup of all.
It's getting colder, Christmas lights are going up, and it’s time to prepare for a whirlwind schedule of holiday events. I’m embarrassingly low maintenance during the day, but at night, it’s a whole different ball game.
It's not like I go RuPaul — it's still a natural look overall — but I definitely amp it up: black eyeliner, warm glinty shimmer for my skin, super-glossy lips and tousled bad-girl hair. It doesn’t take a lot of products to make this look happen, just the right products. I’ve streamlined and perfected my evening makeup routine to be transportable to fit in any little evening bag. Every item is small and easy to use throughout the night for touch ups.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush & Highlighter, $10
For nights out on the town, a touch of shimmer just looks so good. The caramel color of this palette adds a subtle glimmer to the skin. It’s flattering and festive and I use it like a bronzer whenever I need a little color. Two bonuses about it: the texture is sheer enough that you can just rub it in with your fingers if you’re on the go (at home, yeah, I’ll use a brush, but if I'm out, I’m not packing a big blusher with me). Plus, each little color strip doubles as an eye shadow, so you can swipe some on your eyelids with your fingers for a nice, translucent sheen of color.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Eye Brightening Pen Eye Perfector, $12
When you’re on the go, this is great to dab under your eyes — it makes you look fresh, like you had a good night’s sleep. I don’t advise bringing your foundation out at night — do your foundation/concealer routine at home — but bring this along for touch ups. A few swipes create a veil of natural translucent coverage that tackles the things that need fixing. It covers under-eye circles, and when swiped down the front of your nose and chin, it gives a nice transparent, shine-free veil of natural, warm coverage. Pat some on your finger— this doesn't require lots of attention to apply or a ton of blending. And the little clicky pen is completely spill-proof.
I’m a big believer in black eyeliner. BLACK. Lined along the lower and upper lash lines, corner to corner — it's just glamorous-looking. I want the kind that goes on almost like a liquid, and that’s actually quite a hard thing to find, because not a lot of liners do the job well. Tarte used to make a great black eye pencil, but stopped producing it. Luckily, I found this one recently. It’s short and pointed and meant to be smudged a little after you apply it. Also, diffusing the edges with a Q-tip or clean fingers creates the perfect simple, dramatic look.
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Buff, $24
This is my favorite shiny lip gloss in a great nude shade. The consistency is thick, which means it gives lips that plump look, and it has a nice ratio of sheerness to color — I don’t know how they do that. Most glosses are one or the other, but this one gives the best of both worlds. Plus, it smells ever so slightly of vanilla. I’ve used the Buff shade for years — it was one of the first makeup splurges I ever purchased, and it’s still the one I turn to when I want to look my best. And I’m kind of a lip gloss whore.
L'Oreal Travel Size Elnett Satin Hairspray, $7
Flat hair is a common issue for me, and this product always remedies that problem. A good old-fashioned soft-hold hairspray (I wrote about it a few weeks ago in our favorite drugstore beauty products story) that comes in a palm-sized mini bottle is all you need. I like this kind because it fixes all sorts of problems — just spray on roots and rub around your scalp for lift. It tames flyaways, and gives hair a beachy, voluminous texture.
Auric Blends Roll-On Fragrance in Love, $9
I bought this roll-on oil fragrance at Whole Foods. And considering its hippie origins, I was surprised at how great it worked. The scent is elegantly musky, fresh and soapy. My friends always want to borrow it while we’re out at night, and you can apply it anywhere without being obnoxious. Other people’s perfume bugs me: If they try spraying perfume on themselves in a public place, I'm always tempted to say, “I don’t want to smell like your damn perfume! Go outside and do that!” But, I do want to smell good myself, so in the spirit of the mantra, "Practice what you preach," carry some of this around.