How To Look NYE Flawless!

Mimi ON Dec 31, 2010 AT 1:15 pm

Battle stations ready!

Tonight’s the night! If you’re anything like us you’ve had your New Year’s Eve outfit and makeup planned days in advance but here are a few quick beauty tips to make sure you’re looking your best for the photos and midnight kisses!

No SPF. Avoid any moisturisers or foundations that contain SPF as they’ll reflect light under flash and make your face look paler than the rest of your body in photos. We recommend something like Shu Uemura Face Architect for a light, flawless base.

Amp up the colour. Wear a tiny bit more blush and bronzer than you usually would to ensure you don’t look washed-out in pictures. Don’t take it to clown levels though, a thin extra layer should do the trick! NARS Angelika blush looks stunning applied with a light hand.

Glow, don’t sparkle. It’s easy to go a bit OTT with the glitter on New Years Eve but try to apply any shimmery products with a light hand otherwise you’ll look less glowy and more like you’ve rolled in a vat of oil – especially in photos. Lorac Luminizing Powder in Perfectly Lit is perfect for a subtle glow.

Prepped locks are a must for NYE, less product means they won't look greasy!

Set it. Set your makeup to ensure it lasts through the night and doesn’t run. Go waterproof wherever possible and remember to set your foundation with powder and your eyeliner with an eyeshadow in a matching colour. Make sure to prime your lids for eyeshadow too – we love Urban Decay Primer Potion for that, they also do an amazing makeup setting spray.

Bronze it up! A light dusting of bronzer can slim down the post-Christmas bloat wonderfully. Don’t just do your face, a little down your legs (concentrating on the shins), your arms, clavicle, cleavage and shoulders will define the contours of your body. An old classic, NARS Laguna is your best bet for glowy, non-orange bronze.

Prep your skin. Face masks are a fab way to brighten up the skin before applying your makeup, throw one on post-shower for the best results. We’re loving the Dr. Brandt Detoxygen Mask for a quick pick-me-up.

Prep your hair. Throw on a hair mask pre styling-session to ensure your style looks glossy and put together without having to pile on the product. Frederic Fekkai does a fab nourishing mask.

Handbag essentials? Blotting papers, your lip products, a trial-size perfume, powder for touch-ups, a comb and a mini can of hairspray.

Keep those tips in mind and you’ll be looking beyond fabulous tonight – have fun, be safe and have a Happy New Year from all of us at Beauty and the Dirt!

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