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9 Killer Make Up Tips For The Work Christmas Party
When it is time to think about your holiday makeup for your work party, you've got a couple things to consider. First, you don't want to come in looking great and leave looking worn, so waterproof and long-lasting makeup is a must. Second, although it is a work party and you don't want to take it too far, you can still experiment a bit for the occasion. Third, make sure you carry some of what you are using with you so you can make some quick touch-ups if needed. With that in mind, here are nine killer makeup tips for your work's next holiday party.
Prepare your face
Keep your facial skin in top shape before the party date arrives. Exfoliate your face once or twice a week to prevent breakouts and flakiness. Salicylic acid, for example, is an effective yet gentle peeling agent for those with oily skin. It also removes dark spots and brightens your skin, which are two more pluses. If your skin is drier, go for glycolic acid products instead. This acid helps reduce the appearance of those tiny lines and is ideal for fair skin types. Whatever product you choose, test it on a small patch of skin near your jawline or off to the side of your face first to ensure you're not going to have a reaction.
Plan your look
Have some idea of what you're going to wear beforehand so you're not looking for the right types and hues of cosmetics at the last minute. Take an inventory and make sure you have everything you need before the day of the party.
Sweat-proof the foundation
Aim for a high-coverage foundation so you have a solid and long-lasting canvas for your holiday party look. Blend well, and top it off with a dusting of translucent powder to help combat the effect of sweat.
Consider red lips
Red lips are perfect for a red and green party, and you don't have to go bold if you don't want to. Since it's a work affair, if you do decide to go bold on the lips, you can balance it out by using nude eye shadow and a simple winged eyeliner so your look is balanced.
Watch for creasing under your eye
One of the worst things about many concealers is that they often crease under your eyes, especially if you have wrinkles and fine lines. To help stop this from happening, put a little concealer under your eyes and press down with a tissue lightly. Remove the excess concealer with a brush set with powder, and you're good to go!
Enter the smoky eyes
Glitter is fun, but it may not be the best choice for a professional party. If you do decide to do some glitter on your brow bone, go as easy as possible so you have just a hint of shimmer. Another alternative to glitter is a smoky eye. You can check tutorials online to see all sorts of variants on this style. Since it's a work function, you don't want to go too heavy. Look for a lighter smoky effect to bring some glamour while keeping it professional at the same time.
Frame those brows
Face-framing eyebrows are a big part of your work party look. However you decide to do your brows, avoid using powder or eyebrow pencil that is too dark. This can make you look almost comically angry. Use a very light touch in the right color so you don't end up looking mad the whole night. Gel products, for example, can work great when your regular pencil seems to be just a bit too dark.
Ponder those eyelashes
Is mascara good? An eyelash curl? What about fake lashes? Whatever you decide here, make sure you have the right tools to do it and that it keeps your look professional. Fake lashes in the right size may be perfect, but go too big and you risk looking as if you're going to the club instead of a work function.
Bag your essentials
You may need to touch up that makeup during the party. After all, a highlight of work parties is the free food, and eating will take its toll on your look. Bring lipstick, pressed powder and blotting paper for quick reapplications. Try to use all long-lasting makeup products so you're not spending too much time fixing raccoon eyes, smudges or creases. With the right type of cosmetics, all you need to do during your bathroom breaks is remove some oil with the paper, apply some pressed powder and retouch those lips.