5 Hacks for Longer-Lasting Party Makeup

Whatever the season, we’re always looking for new party makeup looks. In fact, we’ll take any excuse to get glam, throw on our chicest LBD and have a cool cocktail in hand. But the most important part of getting party-ready? Ensuring your makeup look will last the whole night; no flaked mascara or smudgy eyeliner in sight. Whether you’re dialling up your daytime look, heading off to happy hour or going full-on Insta-glam mode for a Saturday night out, follow these makeup artist-approved tips for long-lasting party makeup…

Tip 1: Apply a Morning-‘til-Night Base

If you’re going straight from desk to dancefloor, you’ll need your foundation to last from morning latte to espresso martini. The solution? Apply your base in light layers, as you would your skincare products. Start by smoothing Miracle Prep Illuminating & Hydrating Primer onto clean, moisturised skin, allowing a few seconds for the formula to absorb.

Once your primer is virtually traceless, apply a small amount of glow-boosting Radiant Lift Foundation, using just enough to even out skin tone and cover imperfections, letting your natural skin shine through.

Finish by dotting and blending Radiant Lift Concealer onto imperfections, before dusting the t-zone and cheeks with Miracle Veil Loose Powder to lock it all in. Flawless.

Model applying Max Factor Miracle Prep Illuminating & Hydrating Primer
Model applying Max Factor Miracle Glow Pro Illuminator

Tip 2: Get a Photo-Perfect Glow

We all know what a night out really means; endless photo opportunities, and highlighter is your golden ticket to a picture-perfect complexion every time. Achieve a lit-from-within-glow in every shot by expertly applying Miracle Glow Pro Illuminator to your contours: high onto cheekbones and brow bones, underneath your brow arches, the bridge of your nose and the tip of your chin. The light will reflect off your features when the camera flashes, giving the illusion of sharp angles and supermodel cheekbones in an instant.

And, don’t forget: A bright camera flash can sometimes make your skin look a little washed-out, so always sweep a little extra Crème Puff Blusher onto apples of cheeks before your next pic. Get ready for your close-up.

Tip 3: Prosecco-Proof Your Lip Colour

Don’t let a night of chatting, kissing, eating and drinking put you off wearing a bold lip. You can still work a classic red lipstick or a statement pink hue if you prep your pout perfectly.

To start, create a smooth canvas by lightly buffing lips with Miracle Prep Lip Scrub. It’s a two-in-one exfoliator and conditioner that every lipstick lover deserves in their kit. Then, choose a shade of Colour Elixir Lip Liner that closely matches your night-out lip colour, and use it to line and fill your lips, so your lipstick has something to hold on to.

Next, apply lipstick. We recommend Lipfinity Lip Colour, as its kiss-proof formula stays put and never dries out, thanks to a lustrous top coat that locks the colour down for longer. Glide the stain on, blot with a tissue, then apply a second layer for a vibrant finish, before sweeping on the top coat. Your lipstick will not move.

Model wearing red lipstick
Model applying Max Factor Colour X-Pert Eyeliner

Tip 4: Choose No-Smudge Formulas

Not just for holidays and lounging on the beach, a waterproof mascara is perfect for giving your party makeup looks a little extra staying power. To avoid flaky, smudgy mascara by the end of the evening, sweep 2000 Calorie Mascara through lashes, zig-zagging the wand from root to tip to smooth, separate and lengthen. If you want to add more volume, add a second glossy coat while the formula is still wet.

When lining eyes, opt for a liquid eyeliner formula that doesn’t budge, like our waterproof Colour X-Pert Eyeliner. Available in four shades, from classic Deep Black to statement-making Metallic Lilac, it’ll work with every party outfit.

Tip 5: Create a Clutch-Sized Kit

From post-work cocktails to weekend drinks, keep party makeup looking fresh with our portable makeup essentials. We promise, they’ll slot into the teeniest of clutch bags, too. Miracle Touch Foundation is sleek and compact, ideal for touching up your base from desk to dancefloor. For flawless, buildable coverage that won’t go cakey, press the sponge applicator into the silky foundation formula, then tap and roll the sponge over your skin.

To add a little extra colour to your base, use fingertips to blend the velvety Miracle Touch Creamy Blush onto the apples of cheeks. The pot is perfectly-sized for on-the-go use and it doubles up as lip colour, too. You can also use a rosy-pink or coral-toned shade of Colour Elixir Lipstick for an all-in-one cream blush and lipstick. Back to the dancefloor...

Model completing party makeup look

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