Shiny and bright may be the seasonâ€™s bywords, but anyone who has spent an interminable afternoon in line at the mall is more likely to feel defeated and disheveled. â€śWhen youâ€™re running around all day, you need to be able to transition your look from day to night without wasting a lot of energy,â€ť says Chris Lospalluto, a hairstylist for Sally Hershberger salons in New York City. With that in mind, we talked to top beauty experts and mined their best tips and tricks for getting party-ready.
Instead of reapplying foundation and concealer before going out at night, mist on a small amount of rosewater, then reblend makeup with fingers, says Sonia Kashuk, a New York City makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty.
Try Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, jurlique.com.
A shadow with built-in primer can help keep eye makeup from doing its usual disappearing act. The creamy formula goes on smoothly and stays put without creeping into creases. Wear it alone or layer with another shadow.
Try Bare Escentuals Prime Time Primer Shadows, sephora.com.
A polish thatâ€™s light reflective but not disco glittery is festive without going overboard. It can be painted on top of a neutral- or pastel-colored manicure or on bare nails. One coat adds subtle sheen; layering it creates a bolder look.
Try OPI Nail Lacquer, in Designer de Better (limited edition), at ULTA salons.
Matte crayon swiped over the entire surface of the lips will stand up to cocktails better than most lipsticks. Start at the outer edges, working inward toward the middle. Finish with a little gloss on the center to make lips look fuller.
Try Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon, target.com.
With just a few quick strokes, a mini flatiron can help smooth out a ponytail kink or hairline frizzies when youâ€™re on the move. And thereâ€™s no need to do your whole head, Lospalluto says. Stick to creased areas and face-framing front layers.
Try Amika Mini Purse Styler, loveamika.com.
To quell a pimple swiftly, first reduce swelling by applying a drop of Visine to the area with a cotton swab, says Jessica Wu, a Los Angelesâ€“based dermatologist and author of "Feed Your Face." Then cover up using a concealer that contains salicylic acid to treat the underlying acne.
Try Murad Acne Treatment Concealer, murad.com.
Layering blushes helps the color stick for long periods. The cream goes on first as a base. Finish with a shimmery powder in a peach or golden tone applied from the apples of cheeks to the hairline, Kashuk says.
Try Estee Lauder Signature 5-Tone Shimmer Powder, at department stores. Nars The Multiple, narscosmectics.com.
A nourishing nail and cuticle formula can quickly neaten ragged cuticles and make nails look shiny. For even more deep conditioning, apply it every night before bed, says Jan Arnold, founder of Creative Nail Design, in San Diego.
Try Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil, at drugstores.
Standing over a hot stove or sipping alcohol can dilate capillaries and cause redness, Wu says. To reduce inflammation and camouflage broken blood vessels, use a mineral-based powder with anti-inflammatory zinc.
Try Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder, sephora.com.
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