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10 steps for the perfect party look

Kim Maes

A party is 100 times more fun when you feel like you look your best! Whether you’re feeling daring or wanting something more subtle, make-up can do the trick. Elegant with kick is my favorite look (and feeling)!

 

1. Whether you wear make-up or not, treating your skin with care before a party will make you look your glowiest. I highly recommend you start with a mask, it will make your skin appear softer, firmer and looking younger. My favorite is VERSO- No 8 Intense Facial Mask. I know, it's not the cheapest mask but I promise you won't regret it.

2. Rinse off your mask with the coldest water you can handle and follow immediately with face oil for suppleness to leave your skin looking smooth, lifted and luminous. Follow with your day cream.

3. Stick with your usual foundation. Some people go heavier on the foundation at night but I prefer to start with a little and you can layer later if the rest of your make-up is done. Mixing foundation with a bit of moisturizer can leave a flattering, firming sheen, and make layering easier. 

4. Make sure your concealer is not too light. Put the product only on the spot or dark circle you want to erase. Not around the area, not past the edges of whatever it is, just where you see darkness, redness, etc. With your finger, pat the just-applied concealer. Pat. Super-lightly, over and over. Pat, don’t rub. It will seem like it’s not going to blend; have three more seconds of faith. All of a sudden, it will be blended, perfectly. The offending area will be invisible and the rest of your gorgeous, glowing skin will take center stage. 

5. Use the combination of bronzer and blush. A bit of bronze brushed at the sides of the cheeks and temples, and a little at the jawline, defines really subtly. Then you go in with blush at the apple of the cheeks. I like to use the cream blushes from Ilia for a more natural look, it lets your natural skin texture show through so it's like a healthy, happy glow, not makeup. 

6. Only a few amongst us can pull of a strong lip and eye at the same time. So I'd advice to pick eyes or lip. This doesn’t mean you ignore the feature that isn’t getting the focus: If you’re doing a smokey eye, use a neutral shade of lipstick or gloss on lips. If you’re wearing major lipstick, confine your eye efforts to definition: restrained liner, glossy mascara.

7. Black mascara is generally best, unless you feel strongly otherwise. Dark brown is fine if you’re very pale, but black—well, you can’t go wrong with black. Save the colors for when you’re feeling advanced.

8. Never underestimate the power of a high voltage mouth. My favorites are  Lucy's Party and Lust For Life

9. Never underestimate the power of a strong eyeliner. But again you have to pick, lips or eyes!

10. Utterly worth the splurge, the Susanne Kaufmann's Body Butter smells gorgeously and moisturizes like crazy. Put it on all over and you’re set for the night.

 

                                                          HAVE FUN!