While perched on a roof-top bar, imbibing beverages with my lovely friend on a steamy Friday evening, I glanced at my dear companion and couldn’t help but to notice that she indeed had become quite the hot mess. Foundation was now just a grimy coating of sweat and muck, eye makeup – bleary; hardly a remnant of the blush I had meticulously applied on her some hours earlier – all-in-all: untidy. It wasn’t until I sauntered to the bathroom, that I realised, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
I too looked like a complete catastrophe. My face all clammy and blotchy, sans lipstick, and yes, I’ll use that word again: untidy.
So how does one keep her cool in such perilous circumstances: alcohol, humidity and the wear and tear of socialising? I mean, isn’t it these very times that one should look her polished best?
The truth is, the face you apply pre-event is not the one you will be sporting several drinks and canapés down the track. Maintenance is the key.
First things first when pulling it all together after a few bevs, is cleaning up excess oils and run-away eye make-up. This is why *Blotterazzi by Beauty Blender is a total clutch bag essential. Its perfectly shaped tear-drop sponge likes to absorbs the grime that has now formed a greasy film on your face, without disturbing make-up, and it’s pointy end can also tidy up migrating eye make-up perfectly. Plus, it’s contained in a snappy mirrored compact that you can use for your entire touch-up.
Nudestix is ALL your touch-up and car-make-up fantasies in one clutch-sized pencil. In a nutshell: *Nudestix are make-up crayons for your face that contain just enough colour to keep you looking your natural best. Why not throw in a Concealer Pencil to tidy up pesky blemishes that have now come to light? Also, the peepholes – they too may need a freshen up with the fantastic Sheer Eye Color Pencil. There are several colours to choose from, however, you cannot go past Bronze to whack around the lash line for come-hither smokiness. And let’s not forget about a smidge of colour on the cheeks with Dual Lip/Cheek Pencil that blends easily over the cheek cushions with a sheer colour pay-off (not forgetting the handy option of lip colour – I do love a dual-end). Hello whole face revived with a few flicks of a pencil!
Making sure your lips look hydrated and dewy is also imperative in looking seductive, intelligent and interesting (but please don’t quote me on this). So, even if I had started the event with a stronger lip colour, which naturally I’ll bring with me, more often than not, when it comes to drinking, eating and talking (much mouth movement) it’s *Sephora’s Kiss Me Balm that I’ll be reaching for. In a perfect pucker-up dome-shape, with a hint of colour, loads of moisture and deliciously fragranced, you’ll maintain your hotness without leaving a lipstick trail behind you.
Other useful tools: eye-drops to disguise one too many Champagnes, mints to mask the smell of Peking Duck Pancakes. And of course, cash – to get home in good time before the wheels well and truly fall off.
Because Glammies, when the jig is up, there is no better place than home.
*Available at Sephora.