5 fierce makeup looks to try this weekend

Don’t get caught off guard with a last-minute invite

Marie Claire Contributor / May 25 2017

With the social season in full force, after work soirees and cocktail catch-ups become commonplace. And if like most youre strapped for time, your party prep is limited to a desk side or taxi touch-up. We consulted the pros for their fast party makeup tips for getting glam when youre on-the-go. 

A two-second bright lipstick

Jessica Pare

Who has time to start their makeup from scratch at the end of a long workday? All you need to transform your 9-to-5 look is a slick of bright lipstick. Bold shades, such as bright orange, blue-based reds and fuchsia, pop against tanned skin.

Insider secret: Line your lips last: it will glide on smoother, leaving a natural looking outline that will prevent bleeding.

In your makeup kit:

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Door Red

Go for a sultry smoky eye

Eva Longoria

Create a glamorous gaze in seconds with a cream shadow formula – it’s easy to apply and blend with your fingertips. Begin with a coat of mascara to map out the intensity of your smoky eye, instructs makeup artist Napoleon Perdis. Cover the lid with shadow up to the socket, and then add definition to the upper and lower lash lines with a pencil.

Insider secret: Smudge your way to a sophisticated look with universally flattering hues of chocolate or bronze.

In your makeup kit:

L’Oréal Paris False Lash SuperStar Mascara

Contour those cheekbones

Kristin Wiig

Lift your facial features in less than a minute with a quick contour. A strategic swipe of bronzer can create higher cheekbones and slim your face instantly, reveals Perdis. Sweep through the hollows of the cheeks, across the temples and jawline to add depth and definition.

Insider secret: Contour with a bronzer that’s a shade darker than your skin tone, and a highlighter that is one shade lighter.

In your makeup kit:

Napoleon Perdis The Ultimate Contour Palette

Get glowing skin

January Jones

Dewy skin is de rigueur during endless cocktail catch-ups. Fake a fresh application of foundation by blending a cream or liquid highlighter to the high points of your face.

“Think cheekbones, brow bones, above your cupid’s bow and brow, and along the bridge of your nose,” explains Perdis.

Insider secret: If you have pale skin, opt for shades of pink or pearl, while bronze and gold formulas flatter medium to dark skin tones.

In your makeup kit:

Benefit High Beam

Try a winged eyeliner flick

Kaley Cuoco

Don’t think the feline eye is unattainable. It’s easy to achieve with the latest liquid liner pens and gel liners. “Drag the liner across your top lash line and flick at the outer corners to extend and lift your eyes,” says Perdis.

Insider secret: Swap black liner for navy – it’s universally flattering and perfect if you find black too strong.

In your makeup kit:

M.A.C Fluidline Gel Liner in Waveline

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