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Getting ready for a fancy party isn’t just about the dress and hair, your makeup is one of the key components to achieving your fancy look.
Applying makeup for a fancy party is much like applying everyday makeup, except you can go bolder on the colors and more dramatic. You’ll also want to do extra prep on your face so that your makeup lasts throughout the event.
Here is the process, that we will follow for your PERFECT PARTY MAKEUP:
Before you apply makeup to your face, you’ll want to wash it and remove any excess oils or dirt. Use a gentle cleanser and wash your face with warm water and then pat it dry with a towel. If you are going to a party at night and have makeup on from the day, remove the makeup with makeup remover cloths or solutions before you wash your face.
Primer goes on before the rest of your makeup and helps your makeup last longer. If you are going to be up late, or at a party where there will be a lot of dancing, the primer will prevent you from having to continually reapply your makeup. It also creates a more matte look on your face, which will remove any shininess. Apply a few small dots of primer across your forehead, nose, and cheeks, and then blend it in with your fingers or a sponge.
After your primer has dried, apply foundation to your skin, blending it in with a foam sponge, your fingers, or a foundation brush. Use a foundation that is suited for your skin type and try to choose a foundation that matches your color. If you aren’t sure, first test it on your jawline and then look at your skin in the light, making sure the color blends in.
Using a concealer that also matches your skin color, dabs your blemish areas with a small dot of concealer. Then, blend it in softly with your middle finger. As you blend, you don’t want to press too hard or blend it in too much as this can create redness or even remove the concealer. This is why using your middle finger is better, because with your index finger you may apply more pressure.
Powder also helps your makeup stay, and keeps your face from looking extra oily. Use a powder brush and dip it into loose powder. Then gently wipe the powder across your face, blending it in by making small swirls with the brush. Finish using downward strokes. This will keep the tiny hairs on your face from being unnaturally squished in a weird direction. Make sure you choose a powder that also matches your skin color.
To add a bit of color and contouring to your face, apply a bronzer one to two shades darker than your skin color. Use a sweeping motion with a brush across your face and create a three, starting at your forehead, moving to your cheeks, and then ending at your chin. The bronzer should be along your hairline/upper forehead, below your cheekbone, and just below your jawline. Blend it in with your brush.
Dip your finger into the primer and apply a thin layer on your upper eyelid, below the crease. This primer will help your eyeshadow last longer, just like the other primer you applied. Allow the primer to absorb into your skin and sit for a minute or so before you apply the rest of your makeup.
There are so many different color combinations you can do for fancy makeup. If you are going to a more formal event you may want to stick to browns and greys. If you are going to a fun event you may choose to use a shimmery eyeshadow. If you aren’t sure what looks best on you, try out some different shades before your party. It is really your personal preference, but here are some guidelines for eyeshadow colors:
Start by applying a light, neutral shade of eyeshadow to your upper eyelid, below the crease, and then blend it into the crease with an eyebrow brush. Then, apply a light, shimmery eyeshadow like cream or white to the inner corners of your eyes for an extra highlight. Then, blend a darker shade into the crease of your eye — you want the color to be one or two shades darker than your eyelid color. Finally, add a dark color right above your crease and blend it into your crease with an eyeshadow brush.
You can use a liquid or pencil eyeliner on your eyelids. Draw a thin line of eyeliner on your top eyelid above your lash line, starting from the corner of your eye and moving to the end of your eyelid. For a more dramatic line, you can create a wing or cat eye with your eyeliner, drawing the line out past your eyelid half an inch or so.
This is in place of your under-eye eyeliner, or in addition to it. Use a medium shadow (not a white but not a dark grey.. something like a beige or brown) and apply a thin line of eyeshadow from the outer corner of your eye to the middle of your eye with a thin eyeshadow brush. Then, smudge and blend it in with your finger or with an eyeshadow brush.
For the final touches to your eye, choose a mascara suited for your hair color. Dip your mascara brush in your bottle (making sure you don’t pump it as this can dry out the mascara) and start at the base of your top lashes, underneath them. Then, wiggle your mascara brush through your lashes. After you have applied one coat, apply one or two more coats until you have your desired color.
If you plan on taking a lot of pictures at your party, blush is important because it can help highlight your cheekbones and prevent your face from looking pale or washed out. Smile to locate the apple of your cheeks and then swipe on blush with a blush brush, blending it in until you get your desired color. Choose a blush color suited for your skin tone:
This step is beneficial when you know you are going to be wearing your lipstick for a long time. Moisturizing your lips helps prep them for your lipstick by removing any dryness. Apply a sugar or exfoliating scrub to your lips. Then, rinse it off and apply a layer of lip balm. Allow the lip balm to sit on your lips for a few minutes, then blot it off.
Choose a lip pencil or liner that closely resembles your natural lip color. This will help prevent your lipstick from bleeding past your lips. To keep the color from fading from your lips you can also color your lips with your lip liner.
Because you are going to a fancy party, you have the opportunity to wear a fun or bold lipstick color. Start from the center of your top lip and swipe a thin layer of lipstick outwards, trying to stay inside your lips. Then, apply lipstick to your bottom lip and rub your lips together to evenly coat. You can choose a bright red, dark red, pink, or if you want something simple choose a neutral color. Once again, it is your personal preference. Here are some ideas for lip colors:
Once you have applied your lipstick, you may want to remove some of the color or any excess lipstick. Take a tissue and fold it in half, and then place it between your lips. Press your lips down firmly over the tissue a few times until no more lipstick comes off of your lips when applied to the tissue. Then, touch up the edge or outside of your lips with tissue and concealer.
After you have applied all your makeup, you can spritz a setting spray on your face so that your makeup will last longer. Hold the spray a foot or so away from your face and spray a light layer across your face. Then, allow it to dry.
Now you’re ready to enjoy your party.