NYE 2012: Beauty Countdown – Marvellous Makeup
Mon, 31 December 2012 10:00AM
Well, Primpers, we’ve almost made it. In just a few short hours, 2012 will be a thing of the past and 2013 (gulp!) will be upon us. I don’t know about you, but for me this year has absolutely flown. On the beauty front, we’ve seen myriad new launches, from groundbreaking fragrances – think the jet-black Lady Gaga Fame, the fabulousness of the new Balenciaga Florabotanica, the subtlety of Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y – to what-did-we-ever-do-without-them cosmetics (yep, I’m looking at you B.B. cream). So our makeup bags have a lot to celebrate right now.
image: courtesy of Redken
Speaking of… have you decided on your makeup look for tonight? Picked which products will make their 2012 swansong in full view of your fellow partygoers? I always reckon that getting ready for a soiree is half the fun, and when it comes to applying your makeup, well, that’s pretty much the best part of the prep.
When I was about 13 and an avid Dolly Magazine reader, I remember tearing out the Formal Get-Ready Guide. It talked the reader, step by step, through how to glam up for the annual school dance. I held it dear to my heart for an embarrassing number of years and can still remember many of the steps still. It was at once helpful and exciting. And while I won’t regale you with just how to perfect the “boofy” fringe or the ‘90s earth-toned chalky lip look, it’s in that spirit that I put this guide together now. Please welcome the…
10-STEP NEW YEAR’S EVE 2012/13 MAKEUP MASTERCLASS
Step 1: Apply your skincare nice and early to let it sink in – this will help your makeup stay put instead of sliding all over your face cream. For NYE, avoid a lotion with SPF (unless, of course, you’ll be out in the evening sunshine). No doubt you’ll be snapping lots of pics tonight and the sunscreen in some moisturisers can give you that dreaded white face in flash photography. My pick is a primer that’ll provide nourishment and help your fix your face. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, $55, Napoleon Perdis, works like a charm.
Step 2: If at all possible, do your hair first. If you’re blow-drying or heat styling, it can make your makeup look all sweaty or melt-y. At the very least, start the drying process first and just touch up your ‘do after you’ve done your face.
Step 3: Have a glass of juice. OK – this tip I pinched from Dolly circa ’93. It said, “Pour yourself an orange juice – it’ll help you keep your energy levels up”. It always makes me think of special occasions when I do this. However, these days I switch it with coconut water to make sure I’m hydrated and ready to bound out the door (plus it’s so trendy and 2012!). Sip on this while commencing your makeup.
Step 4: Select your foundation. Now: many is the makeup artist that has extolled the benefits of doing your eyes first – before your base – as it’s easier to clean up smudges, smears and fallen shadow first. Try as I might, I’m just not convinced. Unless you’re planning totally OTT eyes, I always find it easier to do foundation at the start. For special occasions I mix two formulas – a stay-put one and a radiance boosting one – for a sort of super base. Whatever you choose, if it’s a liquid, try applying with fingers to help it melt into your skin, rather than perching unnaturally on top. For professional results, buff with a fibre optic foundation brush afterwards, like M.A.C Cosmetics Small Duo Fibre Brush, $70., M.A.C Cosmetics. Or, if you prefer applying with a brush, use your fingers after you’ve done so to gently press your base into your face and smooth away streaks.
Step 5: Commence concealing. Take two formulas: one light, fluid and glowy such as Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, $55, selected David Jones, and the other thick, firm and cakey, consider L’Oreal Paris Infallible Concealer, $25.95, department stores. Use the first to balance out under-eye shadows and eyelid discolouration. The second, dab – with a fine brush – onto any pesky spots and around your nostrils to conceal redness. If you’re using a liquid highlighter (perfect for making your cheekbones pop), now is the time to dab that on, too.
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Posted by: Emily Taylor