NYE 2012: Beauty Countdown – Marvellous Makeup

Mon, 31 December 2012 10:00AM

Well, Primpers, we’ve almost made it. In just a few short hours, 2012 will be a thing of the past and 2013 (gulp!) will be upon us. I don’t know about you, but for me this year has absolutely flown. On the beauty front, we’ve seen myriad new launches, from groundbreaking fragrances – think the jet-black Lady Gaga Fame, the fabulousness of the new Balenciaga Florabotanica, the subtlety of Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y – to what-did-we-ever-do-without-them cosmetics (yep, I’m looking at you B.B. cream). So our makeup bags have a lot to celebrate right now.

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Speaking of… have you decided on your makeup look for tonight? Picked which products will make their 2012 swansong in full view of your fellow partygoers? I always reckon that getting ready for a soiree is half the fun, and when it comes to applying your makeup, well, that’s pretty much the best part of the prep.

When I was about 13 and an avid Dolly Magazine reader, I remember tearing out the Formal Get-Ready Guide. It talked the reader, step by step, through how to glam up for the annual school dance. I held it dear to my heart for an embarrassing number of years and can still remember many of the steps still. It was at once helpful and exciting. And while I won’t regale you with just how to perfect the “boofy” fringe or the ‘90s earth-toned chalky lip look, it’s in that spirit that I put this guide together now. Please welcome the…


Step 1: Apply your skincare nice and early to let it sink in – this will help your makeup stay put instead of sliding all over your face cream. For NYE, avoid a lotion with SPF (unless, of course, you’ll be out in the evening sunshine). No doubt you’ll be snapping lots of pics tonight and the sunscreen in some moisturisers can give you that dreaded white face in flash photography. My pick is a primer that’ll provide nourishment and help your fix your face. Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer, $55, Napoleon Perdis, works like a charm.

Step 2: If at all possible, do your hair first. If you’re blow-drying or heat styling, it can make your makeup look all sweaty or melt-y. At the very least, start the drying process first and just touch up your ‘do after you’ve done your face.

Step 3: Have a glass of juice. OK – this tip I pinched from Dolly circa ’93. It said, “Pour yourself an orange juice – it’ll help you keep your energy levels up”. It always makes me think of special occasions when I do this. However, these days I switch it with coconut water to make sure I’m hydrated and ready to bound out the door (plus it’s so trendy and 2012!). Sip on this while commencing your makeup.

Step 4: Select your foundation. Now: many is the makeup artist that has extolled the benefits of doing your eyes first – before your base – as it’s easier to clean up smudges, smears and fallen shadow first. Try as I might, I’m just not convinced. Unless you’re planning totally OTT eyes, I always find it easier to do foundation at the start. For special occasions I mix two formulas – a stay-put one and a radiance boosting one – for a sort of super base. Whatever you choose, if it’s a liquid, try applying with fingers to help it melt into your skin, rather than perching unnaturally on top. For professional results, buff with a fibre optic foundation brush afterwards, like M.A.C Cosmetics Small Duo Fibre Brush, $70., M.A.C Cosmetics. Or, if you prefer applying with a brush, use your fingers after you’ve done so to gently press your base into your face and smooth away streaks.

Step 5: Commence concealing. Take two formulas: one light, fluid and glowy such as Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, $55, selected David Jones, and the other thick, firm and cakey, consider L’Oreal Paris Infallible Concealer, $25.95, department stores. Use the first to balance out under-eye shadows and eyelid discolouration. The second, dab – with a fine brush – onto any pesky spots and around your nostrils to conceal redness. If you’re using a liquid highlighter (perfect for making your cheekbones pop), now is the time to dab that on, too.


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  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Mon, 31 December 2012 11:12am

    Top tips! I never thought to sip on juice or do my hair first. I too find that doing foundation first is alot easier. However when I do my eye makeup first I tend to use less foundation.

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Mon, 31 December 2012 11:26am

    One more thing is to double check youve put on deodorant. there are always those rare occasions when its easily forgotten!

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 31 December 2012 03:01pm

    Fantastic advise Emily!

  • Posted by: Isabelle // Tue, 1 January 2013 11:46am

    I followed your makeup instructions and it turned out amazingly! Thank you so much, Emily

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 2 January 2013 08:56am

    Hope you had an awesome nye night Emily x
    I love reading you weekly articles and I find them very useful and they always teach me alot.
    This article is full of perfect advice for any party. Thanks so much.
    2013 is such a graphic eye year. I can just feel it. Happy New Year everyone x

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Wed, 2 January 2013 11:03am

    great article, even though i spent my new years at home in my pjs, maybe for next year :)

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Wed, 2 January 2013 11:46am

    I will keep these tips for a special occasion in the future.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 5 January 2013 10:06am

    love the look of this makeup

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 9 January 2013 07:06pm

    great advice

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 03:40pm

    Great advice!! I missed it for NYE but will definitely be following these instructions for my birthday makeup!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 17 June 2013 01:55pm

    I don’t use eye liner across my whole lash line, the older I get I find less is best.

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