If this is you at the end of a night on the tiles, you might want to read this, the drunk girl’s guide to staying pretty. Whether you go for full on makeup on a night out or stay pretty natural, after drinks and dancing your makeup may not be ready for the photos that will inevitably be taken, put on Facebook, and tagged for all (and your mother) to see.
Pick your problem from the list below:
1) HELP! My makeup has melted off!
2 words for you love, primer and powder. Before you spend ages applying the perfect foundation base, make sure you have prepped (cleanse tone moisturise) as makeup sits better on clean skin. Then apply a primer to keep your base on your face. My personal faves are MAC's Strobe Cream for dry skin types and Benefit’s Porefessional for oily/combination skin.
After you’ve applied foundation and concealer, make sure you give your face a good once over with a loose or mineral powder to set the makeup you have applied. Think of it as a sandwich. Foundation is the cheese, it needs 2 slices of bread to stick to.
2) HELP! I’m so shiny!
Your skin naturally produces oil and sweat (yum) especially when you are in hot, humid environments. Skin blotting papers or bringing a pressed powder with you are excellent solutions to that problem.
3) HELP! I have panda eyes!
If eyeshadow is your problem, using an eye base (Laura Mercier and Urban Decay do excellent eyeshadow bases) is essentially using a primer for your eyes; it will give the shadow something to stick to.
If its mascara, I’d recommend investing in a pair of false lashes for the night. Good ones are comfortable and come in all varieties from super natural to whatever Holly on Geordie Shore uses. My brand of choice is Eyelure, they are good quality and anything more expensive feels like a rip off as I always lose them after 1 use. You don’t have to spend a fortune on the lashes, Primark do decent ones for a pound, but DO get good glue like Duo Glue. There is nothing worse than a lash coming unstuck halfway through the night and flapping around.
4) HELP! My lipstick is a hot mess!
If you are going for a bold colour that you want to last all night, use a lip liner first and after outlining your lips, colour them in. This pencil base will give your lipstick something to stick to and will help the colour last. Slick your colour on top, blot on tissue and repeat. ALWAYS suck your finger to avoid getting it on your teeth like Paris.
When you top up your lipstick during the night, avoid getting a wonky line by only applying the lipstick in the middle of your lips and blending it to the edges with your pinky.
A top tip is to always have a clear gloss that you can pop on near the end of the night. This will help disguise any imperfections.
5) HELP! I look like a ghost in front of the camera!
This is especially bad if you’re a fake tan fan, because orange body/white face is not a good look. Before you go out, blend a bit of bronzer, or a lot if you’re as pale as I am, on your cheekbones and temples, as this will warm your skin up and stop it looking flat. If you choose one with flecks of gold in it will not only give you colour but also a bit of luminosity and a health glow.
REMEBER if all else fails, hairspray your face before you go out. It’s probably awful for your skin but sometimes you need a quick fix and meh, it works.