If you are getting ready to party, who better to get tips on hair and make-up from than the celebrity and catwalk experts? From long-lasting make-up to the perfect, effortless up-do, we have the must-read tricks to get you party perfect in no time.
Ruby Hammer, Make-up Artist and one half of Ruby & MillieApply your lipstick with a square-headed lip brush. Once you have applied your first layer take a tissue and separate the ‘plys’. Use one thin ply and blot the lip colour. Dust loose powder over the tissue, remove the tissue and re-apply. Do this up to three times for a luscious long-lasting lip colour. Finally use your lipliner to frame the lip colour and stop it bleeding.
Pat McGrath, Make-up ArtistAfter applying foundation, brush transparent loose powder across your forehead, the sides of your nose, and chin. Keep your cheeks, temples, and nose powder-free to give the illusion of perfectly natural matte skin.
Malcolm Edwards, L'Oreal StylistAlways hold hair taught when teasing hair, and use a comb to backcomb from the roots working towards the ends. This should stop your hair from tangling - after teasing you should always be able to easily brush it out.
Ruby HammerOpt for gold eyeshadow if you’re wearing warmer tones and silver eyeshadow if you’re wearing cooler ones. For day, keep it subtle with a sheen that catches the light rather than a block of colour. For evening, mix gold powder with a touch of water to intensify the effect.
Daniel Sandler, Celebrity Make-up ArtistTry applying a little hair serum onto bronzed legs and arms - you’ll find it a lot less greasy than body oil and it makes skin look shiny and feel wonderfully smooth, plus it doesn’t come off on your dress or go into the creases on the backs of your knees.
“Make your blush pop. After applying your regular blush, dust a brighter shade just on the apples of your cheeks. For example, if you use tawny as your base blush, use soft pink as your pop of colour.” Bobbi Brown, celebrity make-up artist
“Apply a bronzer down the centre of your legs to make them look thinner and you taller.”Tracy Van Heusden, Senior Buyer for Barry M
“If your skin is looking red and blotchy after a late night, use bronzer rather than blush to give your skin a better colour.”Tracy Van Heusden, Senior Buyer for Barry M
“If you have a big night and want your skin to look its best, cut out alcohol, coffee and fizzy drinks for three days before. The reduction in caffeine and sugar will make your skin and eyes look brighter and clearer.”Tracy Van Heusden, Senior Buyer for Barry M
“Curled lashes are essential.”Liz Pugh, make-up artist at Premier Beauty Workshop, www.premierbeautyworkshop.com
“Comb your brows! Simply brushing brow hairs into place with clear brow groomer gives your brows-and more importantly the eye area-a more polished look.”Bobbi Brown, celebrity make-up artist
“Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to apply foundation all over your face to look like you have perfect skin. Instead, spot-apply the foundation just on the parts of your face (typically around the nose and mouth) that are uneven, blotchy or dark.”Bobbi Brown, celebrity make-up artist
“A change in lip colour and texture is the easiest way to dress up your look. Use your natural lip colour as a guide - the most flattering shade will be slightly darker than your lips.”Bobbi Brown, celebrity make-up artist
“I think another era of sophisticated sparkle is upon us. With a sluggish economy, adding a little glitter to your look can perk things up. The key to keeping glitter chic and fun is to first control it, use a primer, and second to place it strategically, like an accessory. Try not to wear it all over your eye.”Wende Zomnir, co-founder of Urban Decay
“I usually have a tube of Maybelline’s Great Lash, £4.99, somewhere in one of my make-up bags. It’s a workhorse mascara - I’ve never had a single tube that disappointed me.”Marcia Kilgore founder of Soap & Glory and the FitFlop
“For a different, and longer lasting, way of wearing fragrance, spray your eau de parfum onto your hands. When the alcohol has evaporated, run your fingers through your hair. Hair is incredibly porous so a great carrier for fragrance. Don’t spray your perfume directly onto your hair, however, as the alcohol can damage it.”Lyn Harris, founder of perfume house Miller Harris
“Add shimmer to your cheeks. Gold suits warm/black skin tones and silver looks better on fair skins.” Daniel Sandler, ELLE.TV’s resident make-up artist.
“If you want your eyes to stand out then pop some coloured glitter liner to the root of the upper lashline. Blue eyes suit gold, brown eyes suit silver and green eyes suit purple.”Daniel Sandler, ELLE.TV’s resident make-up artist.
“Create a creamy blusher in seconds. Blend together a drop of your liquid foundation with a little lipstick, now using your fingers smooth over cheeks for a sheer tint of colour.”Chase Aston, Make-up Artist for the Body Shop
“Take a black eye-liner pencil and draw a thick line all around your eyes, then dip a cotton bud into some Vaseline and smudge over the eye-liner, for a glossy, rock chick smoky eye.”Chase Aston, Make-up Artist for the Body Shop
“Keep a packet of oil-absorbing portable powder sheets in your bag. To rejuvenate your eye make-up smooth over your eyes to absorb any creased shadow, then rub your finger over your eye to re-blend.”Chase Aston, Make-up Artist for the Body Shop
“For round the clock party eye make up. First sweep a mild toner over eye-lids, then apply an oil-free primer, allow to fully absorb. Finally apply your shadow, for a 100% smudge proof eye look.”Chase Aston, Make-up Artist for the Body Shop
“Keep your lashes looking lush all through the party season. Have them professionally tinted with the deepest black dye, then maintain with a sweep of voluminous waterproof black mascara.”Chase Aston, Make-up Artist for the Body Shop
“3 Custom Colour do a brilliant flesh-coloured eye pencil. Draw along the lower inside rim of your eye, to cancel out any drink-induced redness. It makes you look well-rested and younger, plus it can double up as a very portable concealer.”
Alexia Inge, Founder of cultbeauty.co.uk
“Drink an Emergen-C multi-vitamin sachet in a pint of water before you go out. This antioxidant super-hit not only gives you energy for the evening ahead, but it lessens the hangover the next day keeping your eyes and brain bright. You also get 30 sachets in a box so you can slip one into every handbag so you are never caught short.”Alexia Inge, Founder of cultbeauty.co.uk
“Add a splash of metallic colour to your usual smoky eye to bring it up to date. Using only your finger swipe some single blingtone in bellbottom blues, £9.99, over a dark base of matte shadow for a glamorous party look.”Charlotte Tilbury, Creative Director of myface.cosmetics.
Sam McKnight, Hair Stylist and Pantene AmbassadorDon’t be afraid to create lots of body – it’s essential that hair has the volume to begin with so as to maintain the bold look. If your hair starts to wilt, gently backcomb the crown area to create volume and use a flexible hold hairspray, such as the Pro-V Secret Support Hairspray, to keep the style in place.
Emma Thomson, Head of Natural Beauty and Aromatherapy at Neil's YardMake an infusion of eyebright and chamomile herbs before you go out and store in the fridge to cool. Apply a slick of White Tea Eye Gel to the orbital bone (the bone that forms the eye socket) and apply the cooled herbal infusion onto cotton wool pads and lie back for 5 minutes. Whilst relaxing, sip the infusion – the chamomile will soothe your digestion, and eyebright is the herb that does exactly what it says on the tin – it boosts circulation in the eye area helping to diffuse dark circles.
Leighton Denny, Celebrity Manicurist'To create a party version of a French manicure paint a coloured or glitter tip directly onto your nail. Finish off by painting on a high-shine top coat, like Crystal Finish £10, to seal in the tips.'
Ruby Hammer, Make-up Artist and one half of Ruby & MillieApply a line with a kohl pencil as close to your lash line as possible then smudge to blend and soften. If you have small eyes then only apply pencil on the outer two thirds of the eye, if your eyes are large than you can trace the whole rim. Apply eyeshadow to the socket and outer corner of the upper lid to create definition and contour. Make sure you blend, blend, blend!
Paul Labrecque, Hair StylistThis modern look is softer and a bit more bohemian than a traditional chignon. Start with two loose ponies in the nape. Twist small pieces of each pony letting pieces drop out for a relaxed look. Use hairspray to give a little shape as you randomly pin pieces back on themselves, giving a bohemian look.
Caroline Barnes, Max Factor Make-Up ArtistApply nail varnish before you go to bed. Sleep with your hands outside the duvet and the colour will set really hard because you’ve let it dry for such a long time. You can extend the life of your nail varnish by adding a gloss top coat just before the party. Plus this will revive and add life to the colour.
Pat McGrath, Make-up ArtistPlace the rounded curve of a cold, metal teaspoon against lids and under eyes to reduce puffiness; You can also use it as a shield while applying mascara to top lashes to keep lids clean.