A Makeup Artist’s Tips For Glitzy (Not Messy) Party Makeup

Whether you need to be out the door in a flash or you have 24 hours, these simple beauty hacks will get you ready fast.
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Party looks don’t have to take hours. To prepare for all the cocktail hours, soirées and get-togethers, here are the best makeup, skin and hair tips – no matter how much (or little) time you have.

Eyes and lashes

Add some glitter: Don’t be afraid to add some sparkle to eyelids. “To make it look more natural, add a glitter eyeliner up against the lash line,” says Violette Serrat, founder of cult makeup brand Violette_Fr .

Violette_Fr Yeux Paint Twinkling in Violette Sauvage, $50 at Mecca

MAC Dazzleshadow Liquid in Rayon Rays, $46 at Adore Beauty

Add some liner: “Get to the end of the lashes, then keep going to achieve the flick,” says Serrat.

Dior Diorshow On Stage Crayon, $50 at Adore Beauty

Doll-esque lashes: Add a primer in bright blue first to build up lashes. Follow with a tubing mascara for the false-lash look.

HOLME BEAUTY Loving Lash Primer, $38 at Holme Beauty

Boost your brows

Thick, defined brows give a youthful look in an instant. Keep them well groomed and when time is tight, you can just buff them up with a brow thickener and work a fine brow pencil in small flicks to fill in any thin areas.

Loungeface Clear Brow Gel, $36 at Loungeface

Add warmth to the face

Add bronzer: A soft brush of bronzer gives instant summer vibes and you can get it done in the back of an Uber. Focus on the under cheekbones and the high points of the face, such as the top of the forehead, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow.

Gucci Limited Edition Poudre De Beauté Éclat Soleil Powder in 03, $120 at Gucci

Add Sheen: A light dusting of highlight will wake up skin and take it from day to night.

Dolce & Gabbana Devotion Illuminating Face Powder, $86 at David Jones

Blush Up: A healthy pink pop on cheekbones gives your entire face instant radiance. A glide-on cream blush will work into skin easily and give a lit-from within glow.

Nars Afterglow Liquid Blush in Dolce Vita, $48 at Mecca

NUDESTIX Nudies Matte + Glow Core All Over Face Blush in Sunset Gold, $43 at Sephora

Lip Love 

Start fresh: “Always start with exfoliated and hydrated lips,” says Chanel makeup artist Victoria Baron.

Take cues from past eras: For a 1920s twist, Baron suggests slightly overlining the Cupid’s bow and centre of the bottom lip, then connecting the lines by underlining to the outer corners of the mouth. “This creates the subtle illusion that the centre of the mouth has more volume,” says Baron.

Make it bold: “Fill in the lip with your chosen red lipstick,” says Baron. “Blot gently with a tissue then apply another layer to the centre of the lips for bolder colour.”

Chanel Rouge Coco Bloom in Merveille, $65 at Myer

Get Party Ready Hair

Slick it back: The wet-hair look can be an easy way to party mode. Use a styling gel or hair oil to get a sleek look, then work it into a sleek bun or pulled-back style.

Ceremonia Pequi Styling Gel, $35 at Mecca

Add volume: “Grab your dry texture spray or dry shampoo and give your roots a good going over before massaging in; it’s a no-brainer,” says celebrity hair stylist Anthony Nader. “Where you want extra volume, give the root area a tease by backcombing with your flat paddle brush. Gently push down on the root area with your bristles, then smooth over the top surface to hide the backcombing. Then you’re ready to go.”

Instant shine: “Adding extra shine can be tricky, especially if your hair strands are on the finer side or even oily,” warns Nader. He has two tips he swears by:

  • Cool dry: “Set your hair dryer on the coldest temperature you have, with your narrow nozzle attached, and smooth over your hair with a large round brush of boar bristles. The combo of cool air flowing down the hair strands and the bristles will help redirect dull strands, close the cuticle and impart more sheen.”
  • Steer clear of your roots: “Apply a lightweight spray serum or oil on the mid-lengths and ends only,” says Nader. “If you’re in doubt, spray lightly into your palms and then apply work through your hair hair. It gives give more control on where you want the extra shine.”

Chris Appleton + Color Wow Money Masque, $90 at Adore Beauty

Add a Bend: “You may think sectioning seems like a waste of time, but you’re making your hair styling much easier and organised when you do,” says Nader. He advises taking three sections from ear to ear, clipping them then curling in small sections, starting at the bottom. “Use a wide flat iron for a soft bend or wave, or an original size flat iron for tighter waves. Wind your sections away from your face to create a beautiful shape,” says Nader.

ghd platinum+ hair straightener in black, $395 at The Iconic

Humidity-proof your hair: A protective spray in the morning will keep hair looking polished well into your big night out. “The thing people do wrong is not drenching the hair; you need to get it wet with product then blow-dry it in,” says celebrity stylist Chris Appleton.

Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray, $64 at Adore Beauty

The Night Before 

Detox your scalp: Antioxidant-rich scalp scrubs will clear off any lingering hair products and oils while also stimulating the scalp. Repeated use will help encourage hair growth.

Ori Lab by Nak Hair Refresh Scalp and Body Scrub, $46.95 at Adore Beauty

Mask your locks: Your hair needs particular attention during summer when we’re in and out of air conditioning and water. And if you colour your hair, “Condition, condition, condition,” says celebrity hair colourist Simon Bright. “The lightening process can be taxing on your tresses so invest in a deep-conditioning treatment or mask. Healthy hair not only looks better but also holds colour longer.

Vegamour HYDR-8 Deep Moisture Repair Mask, $85 at Sephora

Mask your skin: Use a sleep mask to wake up with glowing, hydrated skin. You can wash it off after 10 minutes but try sleeping with a mask on and let all the richness sink in. You’ll wake up with a glowing and nourished complexion.

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, $48 at Adore Beauty

The Morning Of

Prep your skin, first thing: Heading out directly after work? Do your skin prep in the morning. Skin that has been properly hydrated in the morning with serums dosed with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide is much more easily revived in the evening. Just buff concealer where you need to give skin a boost.

Sunday Riley B3 Nice 10% Niacinamide Serum, $108 at Mecca

Do a sheet mask: Dosed with nutrients such as vitamins and amino acids to help stimulate collagen and deeply moisturise, a sheet mask is a quick and easy way to prep your skin for a party.

LOOPS Assorted Masks 5-pack, $48 at Mecca

When You Have 5 Minutes

This time of year can get hectic. If you’ve come directly from the office or the school pick-up and have only a moment to spare, a red lip will give instant party vibes.

Find Your Signature Red: Serrat’s red lip is adored across the globe. Chic and speedy, it’s the perfect look to fall back on for instant polish. “It’s my signature look,” she says. “It really adds warmth to the face.” Here are Serrat’s tips to get it right every time.

Know Your Lips: “I know my lips well so I can do my lipstick in a taxi on my way out,” says Serrat. Get to know your lips by practising applying lipstick when you’re not in a rush so you can nail it when you are.

Mark It Out: “Create a V first on your Cupid’s bow,” says Serrat. “I also like to take the line up a bit above my lip line. Then I go from the outside corner of my mouth and draw the line to meet the top of my V, which gives me my shape. Then I add the bottom line and colour the corners.” Serrat then uses her finger to “stretch to the formula” in the center to cover the lips..

Make It Subtle: “It’s called bouche mordue, which means just bitten lips,” says Serrat. “We add a little bit of lipstick then blot it with a tissue to give a matte soft flush.”

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Violette_fr Bisou Balm in Amour Fou, $45 at Mecca

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner in 08c Red, $29 at Adore Beauty

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