Whether you’re attending a fabulous New Year’s Eve party or heading out for date night with your partner, chances are you’re going to want to up your glam factor a little bit with a great hairstyle and perfect makeup. We know time can be an issue when it comes to pulling together that special “night out” look, so we turned to beauty editor and expert Mishal Cazmi of Glow magazine for some advice. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be looking fab in no time flat!
Tip 1: Focus on a few key features to make the most of your time.
No time for full-face contouring? No problem! “Focus on your base—primer, foundation and concealer—along with some mascara and you’re good to go,” suggests Cazmi. Want to make a statement? Pick a single feature and play it up for a big boost of glam in a short amount of time. “A bold lip is an easy way to make an impact without doing anything too laborious,” says Cazmi. “A bold berry or red lipstick both make a statement, and you don’t need to do a lot with the rest of your makeup.”
Bold lips not your style? Play up your peepers! “If you’re intimidated by bold lipstick, focus on the eyes instead,” says Cazmi. “A cat eye’s great, but if you don’t have the time or the patience, choose a shimmery eyeshadow. Look for an eyeshadow palette with shimmery shades, or an eyeshadow single. Eyeshadow sticks and pots are great and really easy to apply.”
Tip 2: Don’t be afraid to go trendy!
No, we don’t mean clown contouring or a glitter roots. The beauty trend that should be on your radar this year is strobing. “It’s all about strobing lately, which is just another fancy way of talking about highlighters,” explains Cazmi. “That means using a highlighter wherever the light would naturally hit your face, like the top of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and your brow bone to give you that illuminated look.”
Even if you’ve never tried highlighters before, there’s no need to be intimidated. “Luckily, there are lots of different highlighters out there to choose from, whether you like sticks, pressed powders or liquids,” says Cazmi, who also points out that “strobing is just as impactful as contouring, and requires half the time to get right, if not less.”
Tip 3: Keep your makeup bag stocked with Mishal’s beauty must-haves.
If you’re looking to add a few new products to your makeup collection, Cazmi points to two must-have products.
First, pick up a bold lipstick. “Choose one in a colour you love and with staying power,” says Cazmi. “Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip colour ($23, Shoppers Drug Mart) has great shades and does not come off. Grand Cru is a great red that looks good on everyone.”
Second, look for a great eyeshadow palette. “Choose one with neutral and shimmery hues so that you’re not just dipping into it a couple of times a year when you have a party to go to,” suggests Cazmi. “Lise Watier Majestique Eyeshadows Palette in Luxury Lady ($42, Shoppers Drug Mart) has earthy and metallic hues.”
Tip 4: Don’t forget to show your skin some love!
Remember, your skin acts as a canvas for whatever makeup you apply. Get it ready with some help from a quality sheet mask and some serum. “A sheet mask is a really easy way to prep your skin before you head to a party,” says Cazmi. “It lets you multi-task while it does the work for you (to give you that fresh, glowy skin). Once you take it off, you can pat serum onto your face and go right into your makeup look. I’m a fan of Masque Bar by Look Beauty’s Brightening Sheet Mask.”
Even more beauty tips:
• Our guide to getting the perfect smoky eye
• How to get out the door in five minutes, looking great