When you’re off to a party the last thing you want to be doing is forever checking and reapplying your makeup, so I’ve got a few makeup items here that will stand the test of time so you’ll be dancing the night away instead of checking your compact.
Starting with a good primer, one I’ve found that really keeps the oil at bay without coating your skin in silicones is the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (£28). It’s a unique formulation so it can be a difficult product to work with until you get the hang of it but once you do your makeup is staying put.
Equally important is a good eye primer and there is only one in my eyes which is the Urban Decay Primer Potion (£16). It’s absolutely fantastic, your eye makeup will not budge for hours and you only need the tiniest amount so it will last you such a long time even with daily use.
After priming, it’s onto a good solid base, for which I have two offerings. One is a classic foundation – Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (£29.50). This does not move, it doesn’t go shiny. It’s absolutely the best long wearing foundation probably ever and I would not be without it. It’s great for a long day at work, or if you’re having a bad skin day. The only slight drawback to it is it has SPF in it so if you’re going to be posing for lots of photos it might be better to opt for my second choice.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (£35.50) isn’t touted predominantly as a long wearing foundation, but I have found it does fare better than most others and it has the added bonus of being SPF free! Its coverage is slightly less than Double Wear so if you want something a little lighter then this also might be a good choice.
Onto eyes and with a good eye primer mentioned above, most eyeshadows will stand the test of time. What I’ve found though is a good eyeliner is needed for when things get a little warm, and for that I’ve found a fabulous bargainous waterproof eyeliner from L’Oreal. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eye Liner (£5.19) is one of the best I’ve tried. It’s super soft and creamy but stays put once applied. The smudger it comes with is a bit naff but the eyeliner is pure quality.
Finally to top it all off a good lippy is essential if you don’t want to end up with it on your chin post new year’s smooch and I’ve got a couple of choices here. If you’re more of a red lip gal then check out Mac Ruby Woo (£15.50) A classic red in a retro matte finish so you know that this lipstick’s going nowhere. Pre-lip pampering is essential though. If you prefer a lighter lip shade or something a little on the more affordable side then Rimmel Provocalips (£6.99) should be right up your street. Whilst it most definitely doesn’t last 16 hours, it does last a pretty long time, even after munching through a burger so slick this on pre-meal and you shouldn’t be worrying about touch ups after your last glass of vino.