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How to: Do Daytime Party-Pretty
Thu, 22 November 2012 8:45AM
With only a month until Christmas, no doubt your calendar is filling up with festive celebrations for both work and play. And chances are, Primpers, many of those events are during the day. As we desperately try to jam everything in before the end of the year, brunches, lunches, picnics and afternoon drinks become that much more popular.
If you’re planning daytime dates over the next few weeks, don’t forget that you’ll need a hair and makeup look that’s appropriate. Sadly, smoky eyes and elaborate updos just don’t cut it during daylight hours. Thankfully, there are other ways to glam up, yet still strike the right note between elegant and relaxed, which I had the fun of testing out last weekend.
As you may have noticed, it’s polo season in Australia, and the polo posse swung by Sydney’s Centennial Park last weekend for a couple of exciting matches. It provided the perfect opportunity to test out day party beauty. Like many a summer event, the dress code was smart but casual and required hair and makeup to match. Here I am with PRIMPED’s divine ed, Kat, and the equally gorgeous beauty director of Vogue, Sigourney, giving the daytime look a go:
After trialing things myself, and scoping out the other girls on the field, I’ve come up with four simple rules to live by for daytime functions. Drum roll, please…
1. Keep your hair simple
Fact: over-sprayed curls and severe styles are jarring on a sunshine-y day. Which is perfect, actually, because who wants to spend time creating a hair masterpiece of a morning? Instead, consider one of three foolproof looks: a bouncy blow-dry; soft, relaxed waves; a swingy ponytail.
Before you pick, decide if you’ll be wearing a hat (a sassy way to protect your complexion, and bang on trend this party season). Pair a sharp trilby or panama with a glossy blow-dry, or a broad brim with dreamy waves for a match made in hair heaven. Indoor do? A high ponytail with a touch of volume through the crown and a little kick in the ends looks fresh (and is just the thing for a windy/hot/humid day – just add hairspray.)
2. Make under your makeup
Caking it on looks too extreme in full sun. So, leave your black shadow and heavy foundation in the cupboard and dust off those light textured buys like tinted moisturiser, cream blush and glowy bronzer. Need a little more coverage? Powder-based mineral makeup comes into it’s own for summer day parties. Buff it on for an even tone, plus protection.
And consider this question: will you be wearing your sunglasses all day? If so, don’t waste time with eye makeup. A wash of neutral shadow and a slick of mascara, in case you remove your shades, is all you’ll need. Go for a summery orange or fuchsia lipstick and a pop of bright blush instead. Peepers on show? Steer clear of steely shades and choose well-blended browns, muted greens, sheer lilac, even peachy tones. A lick of pencil liner and a good helping of mascara will seal the deal.
3. Don’t skip sunscreen
While it’s easy to forget the SPF when preparing for a party (after all, you wouldn’t normally apply one if you were heading to a bar or club), during the day, it’s essential. If you’re concerned about your face looking oily, look for a lightweight buy, such as Nivea Face Veil, $10.99, pharmacies, that is undetectable. Or consider a foundation with a high SPF, like Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield Foundation SPF 30+, $42, David Jones. But remember: don’t rely solely on any base that boasts less than SPF 30+ as your only line of defense.
Before you dress, cover every area of exposed skin with sunscreen and let it absorb for a moment before slithering in to your outfit. No one wants to look like a tomato come six p.m.
4. Stash the right stuff
Daytime events require careful bag-packing, as touch-ups are always required on a hot summer afternoon. First, include something to fix your face. A translucent pressed powder stops shine, but you’ll need to go easy on the amount you use. Or throw in some blotting papers to soak up excess oil. Your chosen lip colour will need to go in, too, and I also recommend including a lip balm with SPF 15 as a base coat to keep your pout supple and pretty looking. If you’re outdoors all day, don’t leave home without a pint-sized sunscreen you can easily reapply to exposed limbs. And an emergency hair kit that includes a little comb, some bobby pins, plus a hair elastic – just in case – will ensure your style stays put.
Here’s what I stowed in my polo clutch (thankfully, as you can see, there was plenty of Invisible Zinc on hand on the tables to stave off sunburn):
The goods? Chanel Poudre Compacte Universelle, $88, department stores, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain, $17.95, Priceline, Blistex Strawberry Lip Balm, $3.95, pharmacies.
Follow these rules and you’re guaranteed to nail daytime glam.
Do you have any before-five events you’ll be prettying up for in the coming weeks?
What beauty look do you think you’ll try out?
Until next week,
Posted by: Emily Taylor