5 Essential makeup items that should be in your holiday party survival kit

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With the onset of the festive season also comes a slew of party invitations that are sure to keep your calendar full well into next year. Before you get to accepting them, have you made sure that you’ve stocked up on the essentials? You’ll need beauty products that will turn your daytime makeup into a glamorous festive party look at night, as well as a handful of necessities to ensure that your face stays put until the wee hours. It won’t hurt to slip in a few items to protect your skin from the harsh elements, either. Here’s a list of the 5 beauty products that need to be in your makeup kit so that you can party all night long…

HYDRATING FOUNDATION TO KEEP YOUR SKIN LOOKING FRESH

Colder temperatures and dry air can sap your skin of moisture, leading to dreaded winter skin that looks and feels dry and dull. In addition to augmenting your skincare routine with hydrating moisturisers packed with hyaluronic acid and ceramides, consider shelving your powder foundation and swapping it with a liquid product that smooths out imperfections and puts much-needed moisture back into your skin.

Find a base with a dewy or soft-matte finish for a fresh and luminous on-trend party look. If you’re worried about oil slicking up your face midway through the night, slip a pack of blotting paper or a translucent finishing powder into your makeup pouch so that you can retouch as necessary.

BRIGHTENING CONCEALER TO COVER UP THE EFFECTS OF LAST NIGHT’S PARTY

One of the downsides of going to parties night after night is that it will eventually start to show. If you’re stumbling into bed long past midnight or overindulging in salty snacks and alcohol, you may wake up one morning with puffy eyes and dark circles—and that’s not cute.

Get ahead of the situation by investing in a good eye cream, preferably one that includes antioxidants in its ingredients list, as these can help brighten up the eye area. For a quick fix after work before you head out to your next event, apply a double-duty concealer product that covers up the dark circles and delivers much-needed hydration to the undereye area.

EMOLLIENT LIP BALM FOR THOSE UNDER-THE-MISTLETOE MOMENTS

Chilly temperatures don’t just wreak havoc on your skin. Your lips take a hit, too! Chapped, dry lips are a common winter condition. Dryness can also cause swelling and unsightly flaking, resulting in lips no one will want to kiss!

Thankfully, the condition is easily preventable. Find a good moisturising lip balm and use it generously; reapply as many times as you need to throughout the day. It can help protect your lips from the elements, while beeswax helps them retain moisture. If your lips are already dry and chapped, consider leaving all of your lip products at home and sticking to plain, unscented petroleum jelly until the swelling and irritation goes away.

WATERPROOF MASCARA THAT WILL WITHSTAND THE WINTER WINDS

Mascara is one of those makeup products that can instantly elevate your look for a minimal amount of effort. You should definitely keep a tube of it handy for those evenings when you only have a scarce few minutes to prepare for an event before dashing out the office doors.

Not just any tube, though. You’ll want a weatherproof, run-proof product that won’t smudge, flake, or give you panda eyes before you’ve even arrived. Go for a waterproof formula from an all-natural makeup brand that can stand up to both damp air and strong winds.

SETTING SPRAY TO ENSURE YOUR MAKEUP LASTS ALL NIGHT LONG

There’s no point spending an hour on your party makeup if it starts to slide off your face halfway through the night. Whether you’re going to a high-class corporate bash or hitting the club with your girlfriends, setting spray is insurance against your makeup budging.

Almost all setting sprays promise to add longevity to your makeup application. The best ones are, of course, the ones that can deliver on that promise. Some offer oil control, hydration, mattifying or some other benefit. Choose the one that fits your skin’s needs the most.

What else would you add to your festive party make up kit? These products work hard so that you can party even harder this Christmas and new year! Let me know your own makeup essentials in the comments below 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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