Is there a wedding or a big party in your future? I bet you already picked your dress, shoes, jewelry and hair style by now. But have you given some thought to your makeup? There’s nothing worse than having to rush and improvise your makeup at the last minute! Avoid unnecessary stress and do a makeup rehearsal to validate your colour choices and figure out how much time you need to be ready.
A party is the perfect time to glam up your makeup. When choosing your colours, get inspiration from your outfit, but make sure to add a touch of coloured glitter to the centre of the lid as a finishing touch. If you are looking for some makeup inspiration, here’s a step-by-step tutorial of one of my favourite party looks – purples and golden eye shadows, teamed with black eyeliner and mascara.
1. Prep your skin
It all starts with great skin. Cleanse your face every night, no matter how tired you are, and apply a nourishing night cream. In the morning, after you cleansed and toned your face, apply a moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher. Wait until your moisturizer is fully absorbed to avoid streaking.
2. Apply primer and foundation
For a special occasion, if you do not want your makeup to smear, I recommend using a primer that will keep your makeup lasting longer. Apply your desired foundation – be it liquid or powder, beginning the application where you want the most coverage – usually the cheeks, then lightly layer over the rest of the face and neck, until you are satisfied with the coverage. Use less foundation close to the eyes to minimize lines.
3. Add life to your cheeks
Apply the blush sparingly and with a light touch, sweeping up along the cheekbone, and using the center of your eye as the starting point of your application. The upward sweep will give the illusion of pulling your face upward, slimming it. Be careful not to apply the blush too far below the cheekbone, because this will visually pull down the face. Always swipe in one direction to avoid streaking. If you’ve applied too much blush, you can tone it down with a touch of finishing powder.
4. Conceal dark circles
A soft mineral concealer won’t clog your pores and will cover those dark circles or small imperfections of the skin.
5. Apply the eye shadow
Place a light purple eye shadow all over the upper lid, the internal corner of the eye and below the brow to highlight and open up the eye. Dip the tip of a blending brush in a deep purple eye shadow. Apply the colour on the external corner of the eye and along the crease to add depth. Blend it so that there are no harsh edges and everything looks seamless. Add a touch of shimmery gold eye shadow to the centre of the lid.
6. Line the eyes
Line your upper and lower lash line with black eyeliner, extending the line on your upper lid to create a wing. Using a thin eye liner brush, apply some gold eye shadow under the lower lash line to add extra sparkle.
7. Curl your lashes and apply mascara
Curling your lashes can produce spectacular results. Your eyes will look bigger and more wide-awake instantly. A good mascara can also make your eyes look larger in no time. Apply one coat on all lashes. When you apply the second coat, focus in the center to make eyes appear bigger. Use a thin wand mascara for more precision and to avoid clumping.
8. Apply lipstick and lip gloss
Finish your look with a bold lipstick. For extra sparkle, add a touch of lip gloss on top of your lipstick.
9. Enjoy the party
No need to worry about your makeup now! You are all gorgeous and ready to be the attraction of the party! Relax and have fun!
Simona Gruia is the founder of Sheer Blends, a Canadian beauty company based in Newmarket, Ontario. Sheer Blends products are 100% natural and vegan, are not tested on animals and do not contain harmful chemicals, preservatives, genetically modified ingredients, gluten, artificial fragrances or dyes.