Tips to Look Party-Ready in a Hurry
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.
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).
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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.
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.
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!
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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.