The outfit, accessories, shoes and bags are all important, but your party makeup can make or break a look. And with the party season in full swing and a New Year’s plan in motion, you need to make your #OOTN look fab – just like you! So whether you’re getting together at home, heading to a house party, or going for dinner-and-dancing with friends, we’ve curated some step-by-step party makeup tutorials that will help you get your glam on! But first, let’s learn how to set the right base for party makeup that’s long-lasting and won’t smudge before the big countdown.

The Perfect Party Makeup Base: What You Will Need

1. The Right Primer

Choosing the perfect primer for your skin type is very essential. Primer is meant to prepare your skin for all the makeup that you will be applying. Also, you must have watched makeup tutorials on YouTube and the first step before you touch the makeup with your skin is to apply a primer. Apply a pea-sized amount on your fingertips and massage gently on your cheeks, the T-region, chin, and the bridge of your nose. Make sure you apply the primer on these areas as they hold the maximum amount of makeup.

Must-Try Product: The Lakme Absolute Make-Up Primer is a flawless make-up primer that preps your skin for professional make-up

2. The Perfect Foundation

Now, when it comes to foundation, all of us fumble and fall. But it’s no rocket science. Select the right shade that will give you full coverage, both on your face and neck. If you are unable to select the right shade, choose any three shades closer to your skin colour, apply them on a small area of your skin and see which one blends best and makes your skin look most natural. That is your perfect foundation tone. A strong and full coverage foundation is very important when you are getting ready for a party. It prepares an even base for the makeup. Remember to blend your foundation with a beauty blender or a foundation airbrush.

Must-Try Product: Maybelline New York SuperStay 24H Full Coverage Foundation comes in a variety of shades and is super affordable.

3. The Magic Concealer

A concealer is indeed a magic maker. It is useful in every possible way- to cover those scary dark circles. To hide those pimple spots or redness. It is always a win-win situation when it comes to a concealer. Take a decent amount and apply it under your eyes, on your blemishes or marks. This helps you get rid of any discolouration. There are colour correctors that even out your skin tone. Blend them all and get that flawless look!

Must-Try Product: LA Girl Pro Concealer and Colour Corrector has something for everyone and is worth the money.

4. The Lock-In Setting Powder

Always finish your base with a setting powder. It locks the base and prevents your makeup from peeling off. Use a sponge or a brush to slide some powder on your face and you are good to go.

Must-Try Product: Maybelline New York FitMe Setting Powder will keep your makeup locked-in even after a night of dancing.

After you’re done with your perfect party make-up base, you need to start with your party look! But if you don’t have an eyeshadow palette, then watch this amazing hack and learn how to use lipstick as an eyeshadow!

5 Party Makeup Looks To Make Your New Year’s Night A Memorable Affair

With the base products done, here are some makeup looks that are great for any and every kind of outfit and party! 

1. Sizzling Hot Red

Red can make you look striking in a room full people. Though red can seem a bold choice, when done right, it can elevate your outfit and make your face appear vibrant. Try this look with a solid dress, neutral colours and muted accessories.

How To Do It:

  1. Apply reddish maroon shadow to define your eyes and then blend it well as it is the first step for your party eye makeup.
  2. Next, apply a black shadow on the crease and make it deeper to get a well-defined look. Blend the shade with the maroon shadow on the crease line so that it helps to get that smooth natural smoky look. To perfect the makeup look and accentuate eyebrows, these 5 techniques on how to darken and fill eyebrows can be helpful.
  3. Use the black shadow and again apply it to both corners and crease to get that bold look.
  4. Apply a red lipstick as a shadow on the centre of your eyelid to create the look and then topped with a reddish shadow over it.
  5. Apply the same black shadow on the lower line and blend the shadow well with the same maroon shade to get a natural smooth line.
  6. Touch your cheeks with a hint of blush and highlighter on the high points of your face.
  7. Finish this look with scarlet lipstick.

Watch this video to learn an amazing highlighter hack and get a gorgeous glow!

2. Picture Perfect Plum

Plum looks royal, vintage, bold, yet elegant. A plum-themed makeup look is all the rage this party season because of how well it works with the Indian skin tone. Whether you’ve opted for a monotone palette, or you’re going for gold, or working some ethereal white, or even channelling florals and prints, plum is the perfect way to get your glam on with makeup.

How To Do It:

  1. Start with your eye. Begin from the crease with a darker shade of purple or plum and move gradually inwards.
  2. Blend it with a lighter shade and top it off with a golden or a metallic shade.
  3. Pull out a winged eyeliner.
  4. Curl your lashes with mascara.
  5. Touch your cheeks with a hint of blush and highlighter on the high points of your face.
  6. Finish this look with a glossy lip tint.

3. Green With Envy

Vivacious and playful, green is the colour for all the brown-eyed Indian beauties. When done right, it can do wonders to accentuate your eyes and create a stunning look. Go monochrome with the outfit and add an animal print accessory like a bag or belt. 

How To Do It:

  1. Apply well-pigmented kohl on your eyelids and smudge it gently with a thin brush.
  2. Top it off a shimmery green eyeshadow. Remember to also apply some under your eye, around the lashes.
  3. Contour and highlight all your high points.
  4. Use mascara to curl your lashes.
  5. Finish this look with a nude lip.

4. Metallic Mocha

A subtle, smokey brown eye with a pop of metallic shimmer is the ultimate party look! This makeup look is extremely versatile and an updated version of the all-black smokey eye. Make sure you add bold jewellery in gold to complement this look.

How To Do It:

  1. Start with a beige eyeshadow and gradually move on to a brown tone.
  2. Highlight your cut crease and top it off with a metallic bronzer. 
  3. Contour and highlight all your high points.
  4. Touch your cheeks with a hint of peach blush.
  5. Finish off with a brown metallic lip shade.

Learn how to ace your eye makeup with this easy tutorial.

5. Shine On With Silver

Thinking of going the boho route with your outfit? Or plan on wearing that gorgeous black saree that falls oh-so gracefully? Go for a shimmery silver makeup look that can add some sparkle to your outfit. Match with silver, oxidised or tribal jewellery.

How To Do It:

  1. Touch your eyes with a bluish silver eyeshadow.
  2. Pull out a winged eyeliner.
  3. Curl your lashes with mascara.
  4. Touch your cheeks with a hint of blush, contour and highlighter on the high points of your face.
  5. Finish it with a glossy lip.

Looking for something more? Watch this video tutorial for an easy and unapologetically bold makeup idea inspired by the Leo zodiac sign!

Whether you plan on doing some simple makeup for the party or go bold, there are several ways to alter these five looks. A change of lip colour can transform you and a hint of kajal can make your makeup magical. No more will party makeup feel a burden. Keep trying out these looks and come back for more.

Srushti Pathak
Srushti Pathak

A blogger, aspiring author and old soul at heart, Srushti Pathak believes in writing stories that touch the heart. She maintains that curiosity defines her zeal for writing and creativity in all spheres of life motivates her.

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