How to prep your skin so your party makeup lasts through the night
Pre-gaming for a night out means prepping our skin for the onslaught of partying in order to create that perfect, fleek look. We have to plan for everything: awkward encounters with an ex-lover(s), candid pictures that will surely wind up on Facebook, all the while praying our makeup lasts through the night and ensuring our skin doesn't break out the morning after.
Being a woman is tough.
In an ideal world, your pre-party beauty ritual would see you casually drinking a gin and tonic while flipping through glossy magazines as a crew of makeup artists and hairstylists raise the roof. In the real world, however, you're no Miranda Priestly. You'd be holding aces if you have time to wax your upper lip area and exfoliate your pout before dabbing on your favourite lipstick shade. As the Ice Queen puts it: Details of your incompetence do not interest us.
Before you bore us with your questions (hehe) we've already made the pre-party process a non-issue by culling a treasure trove of beauty items. When we talk skincare and makeup prep, adequate sleep is only half the battle. Cleanse your skin. Arm yourself with long-wear foundation — and setting spray — to guarantee you’re truly ready to face the music ahead.
Face it: You can fake the big O but you can't fake good skin. Of course, we're not saying you need to follow this to a T (although you really should), but this guide will both cut stress from your life and up the ante on your pre-party game.
STEP 1: BEAUTY SLEEP IS REAL
We're true advocators of beauty sleep. Pray for the state of your skin not to reflect those pesky late hours at the office. While your beloved concealers are still susceptible to coverage fails, our pre-party beauty products are the pièce de résistance for skin-care slackers everywhere.
STEP 2: MASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE
A life raft in a sheet mask that promises to make it seem you've had eight hours of sleep every night when you've really been running on empty and ready to throw in the towel. This Hydorcare Bio Cellulose Mask by Porcelain is soaked with a powerful blend of natural ingredients to pump moisture into the skin. It supposedly doubles as an eye mask to prevent puffiness and reverse signs of ageing.
STEP 3: LONG-WEAR FOUNDATION FOR AFTER HOURS
This Anastasia Beverly Hills' Stick Foundation promises a buildable coverage with a natural-looking matte finish — and it serves as a multitasking complexion perfector for concealing, highlighting and contouring too. Bonus: 26 foundation shades cover pretty much every skin tone and undertone out there.
Available at Sephora and online.
STEP 4: WHERE SETTING SPRAY MEETS GLOWING SKIN
This Marc Jacobs Perfect Coconut Setting Mist is formulated with deeply hydrating actives and is said to deliver a healthy-looking dewy complexion and prolonged makeup wear in just three spritzes. Good thinking, Marc Jacobs Beauty.
Available at Sephora and online.
STEP 5: TOUCH-UPS ON THE GO
Nobody needs a reason to work this Guerlain powder compact into their makeup routine. The Lingerie de Peau Compact boasts a high-coverage and natural finish perfect for touch-ups during your soirees.
Available at Tangs Orchard, Takashimaya Shopping Centre and Metro Paragon.