How To Make Your New Year's Eve Look Last All Night

These tips will ensure your hair and makeup go the distance.
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These tips will ensure your hair and makeup go the distance.
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Today is VERY exciting day, dear reader. Because it's not only time to say goodbye to the year 2010... but it's also the biggest beauty occasion of the year!

Don't you think? I mean, Valentine's Day and Christmas are mostly about the red lip... weddings are ideally suited to low-key pinks and peaches... and Halloween is (obviously) costumey.

But NYE? Out of all the days in the calendar, it's the one night when we laydeez have full permission—nay, encouragement—to go a little crazy with the hair and makeup. Wild colours, glitter, mega-hair teasing... it all works tonight and maybe even worn all at once. (Yeah, I said it.)

The only thing I ask of you is that you put as much effort into the PREP WORK as the actual application. Damn straight it matters. Here are my tips for makeup that (in the words of the great Lionel Richie), lasts All Night Long...

Okay, here we go:

1. Prime the shiz outta your face (and eyelids).

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But I repeat myself.

By now, you probably know the drill: applying a primer underneath your makeup will help it look better and last longer. Make sure to choose one that's appropriate for your skin type—most of us need at least a little bit of oil control at least for the T-zone, but for very dry skin you can get one that's hydrating (I recommend the CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer). And don't forget to also prime your eyelids—it will help stop your eyeshadow from creasing and smearing.

New tip to make you look extra plump and dewy: try spritzing your skin with a facial mist both before and after your primer (letting it dry in between each step). The makeup artist who told me this said it would make your skin look like you've been at the beach all day—without the tan and sun damage. Yes please!

2. Think creams/liquids before powders.

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There needs to be some sort of rhyme for this (like "Liquor before beer..." etc.).

It is CRUCIAL that you apply anything that's creamy or liquidy first, and THEN put the powder on top to set. Not vice-versa, because that's a recipe for looking cakey. (Not cake. Yum, cake.)

This rule applies to foundation, blush, eyeshadow—everything. I find it gets trickiest when you're using a powder foundation. In that case, either stick with a powder blush OR if you want to go with a cream, don't apply the powder on your cheeks so that the cream goes directly on your primed skin.

3. Turbo-charge your (already long-lasting) eyeliner with eyeshadow—or go for a liquid liner.

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As I've hinted at before, I don't think eyeliner is even worth your time if it's not a long-lasting formula. So make sure you're using one of these high-performance guys tonight at the very least, especially if you're lining your waterlines. (And you should. That looks hot.)

However—for regular, non-waterline eyeliner application (i.e. along the lash line), another way to make it last is to top it up with some eyeshadow in the same colour. It's the same liquid-before-powder rule I was just talking about. I like to use an angled brush for the most precision application.

Or you could skip those two steps and simply use a liquid liner instead, because they have the most staying power of all.

4. Waterproof mascara is a no-brainer.

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Enough said.

Okay, I'm saying one more thing—if you're thinking about applying false lashes, check out Janine's awesome vid on BeautyGeeks.

5. Stain your lips pre-lipstick application.

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There are at least three or four ways you can coax some more wear time out of your lipstick, and I'm sure you've heard of at least one of these:

If you just have lipstick on your person, swipe it on and then blot with a tissue. At this point you can either apply the lipstick again, on top (the blotting created a stain)... OR you can apply some translucent powder in between, which also helps set the product. (And sort of goes against my cream-before-powder rule, but we won't talk about that.)

Another option is to apply a lip liner in the same colour as your lipstick (please let's not have any visible lip liner, girls), and then apply the lipstick on top.

OR—my favourite option—slick on a lip stain. Joe Fresh makes a red one that is crazy intense... so much so that maybe you won't even need the lipstick on top!

6. There is no such thing as too much hairspray...

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At least when you use L'Oréal Elnett hairspray. Seriously, it's amazing—it won't weigh down your hair and you can spray and spray and spray and it won't look crunchy. (And you can still brush it out... if you want.)

If you're doing any sort of heat styling after your blow-dry, I recommend a liberal spritzing of Elnett both before AND after to help it set. I've started doing this whenever I curl my hair and the difference in staying power is like night and day.

7. If you're using hot rollers, letting your hair set (i.e. cool) helps the style last 582% longer.

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It's true. I always thought my hair simply couldn't hold curl, and while that's partially true, it's ALSO because I've always been too impatient to let my rollers cool down—I was taking them out while they were still warm.

Wrong wrong wrong. The longer you can leave them in, the better. This works for pin curls too—in fact, when the Sally Hershberger dudes did my 'do for TIFF, they made me wait 45 minutes before taking them out. (Of course that's when I ran into Clive Owen.)

Curling with a flat iron doesn't require all of this cooling time, so if you're in a rush I'd do that instead (even though it's trickier and requires much more practice to get the hang of).

One last tip that will help no matter which way you decide to curl your hair: if you have a lot of time to kill between when you curled it and wherever you have to be, PIN IT. Rolling it back up into the curl shape, using bobby pins, will help it stay put when you do take it out. If you just leave it hanging for a few hours, gravity will get you and the curls will fall out faster.

8. Pack your purse wisely.

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Some things you will need include:

Blotting papers. Because you don't want to get all cakey by touching up with powder, remember?
A mirror and a brush—or this clever mirror from Sephora that turns INTO a brush!
Extra bobby pins.
Concealer. My trick is to load up a retractable brush for both space-saving and sanitation reasons.
Waterproof eyeliner. (I don't like to re-apply mascara after the first application—it gets too clumpy.)
Lipstick/gloss and lip balm.
Breath mints. (OBVIOUSLY.)

So tell me...

How are you celebrating NYE?
What are you planning to do with your hair and makeup?
Don't forget to drink some champagne. Is it wrong to say that my favourite photos of myself are the ones where I've had, uh, a little bit to drink?

Happy New Year, everyone! See you on the other side. xoxo