Someone always shows up at your house  way ahead of time when you haven’t had a chance  to transform from stressed-out chef to hostess with the mostest. This year, try this strategy: Do a  little advance work for your hair and makeup, then just add a few speedy refreshes at the last minute.

By Gina Way
Photo by Peter Ardito


Plan ahead

The key is to have your makeup done before setting foot in the kitchen. And go with long-lasting formulas, says NYC-based makeup artist Joy Fennell. Use a mattifying primer underneath your foundation to prevent shine no matter how hot it gets at the stove. (A good one is (3) Covergirl TruBlend Base Business Mattifying Skin Primer, $10.) Wear a  waterproof mascara like (1) Diorshow ($30) that won’t smudge or smear, and put on a long-wear lip color like (2) Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick ($14).

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By afternoon, under-eye circles and redness are bound to show, so “apply a concealer just where you need it,” Fennell says. She suggests a liquid formula like (4) Maybelline New York Fit Me Concealer ($7), which blends easily and won’t look cakey. If your T-zone feels greasier than the roasting pan, Fennell recommends tamping the shine with blotting papers and super-sheer (6) MAC Blot Powder ($29).

Last minute

Vaseline petroleum jelly adds just the right amount of shine, exactly where you want it. Fennell uses it to revive matte lipstick: “Just  dot it on at the center of your lips and gently smush,” she says. You can also dab a tiny bit on your cheek

and brow bones to create a subtle  (but not glittery) gleam on the high points of your face. We love (5) Vaseline Lip Therapy Gold Dust ($5).

QUICK TIP: Put on lip balm before applying matte lipstick to  nix dryness.


Plan Ahead

Wash and style your hair  the night before to avoid the hassle on T-Day. “If you don’t want to bother with a full blowout, just let your hair air-dry 80% and then twist it into a loose knot or a braid before you go to bed. You’ll wake up with natural waves when you take it out,” says NYC hairstylist Mia Santiago. If you’re too time-crunched to wash your hair—it is Thanksgiving eve, after all—Santiago suggests applying a dry shampoo before bedtime, to absorb oil overnight.

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Keep the dry shampoo handy, because it’s the ultimate fixer for hair that’s wilted in a hot kitchen. Use it to fluff up greasy bangs or add volume and texture to limp hair. Try (2) R+Co Skyline Dry Shampoo Powder ($36). If you’ve had your clean hair up in a loose knot or braid since the night before, shake it out and mist on a curl refresher spray like (1) Dove Care Between Washes Re-Hydrating Mist ($5). Then gently scrunch, and you’re done!

Last minute

If it’s driving you nuts and you just want your hair off your face, put it up or back with pretty hair pins, ties or a headband that feels a little festive. “Accessories can do all the work for you!” Santiago says.