New Year's Eve is just days away, which means there's likely an all-nighter in your future. Here's how to make sure your skin, lips and hair can last from this year to next effortlessly.
Set your makeup straight
Nothing ruins midnight mojo like a makeup meltdown, which is why a makeup setting spray is an essential addition to your New Year's Eve beauty artillery. Think of it as hair spray for your face, because when you've got a marathon night ahead of you, you need a product that can help you reach the finish line beautifully. I'm a fan of Skindinavia's Makeup Finishing Spray, coined "the original makeup saver." This spray, available for dry, normal and oily skin, keeps makeup from setting into pores and fine lines while keeping it from melting or "sliding" for up to 16 hours. Plus, it's hypoallergenic, and free of oils, parabens and sulfates. Get 4 oz. for $29 or 8 oz. for $39 at skindinavia.com.
Long lasting lip service
Whether you're kissing frogs, princes or cocktails, you'll need a long-lasting lipstick to get through a night of partying prettily. Go for bold lips that last with lip liner, matte lipstick and the secret of celebrity kisses — apply, blot, powder and reapply. Start by lining entire lips with liner; Jordana Easyliner Retractable Lip Liner Pencil in Sedona Red ($2.99 at Walgreens) is simply the best. Next, apply lipstick in a crème or matte formula, nothing too slick. My go-to colors are Revlon Fire & Ice or Orange Flip. Blot lipstick with a napkin and then use a cotton ball dipped in face powder to set the color by lightly dusting lips with powder. Finally, apply liner and lipstick again and voila, long-lasting lip color is locked in.
Hair of the dog
Tomorrow, you may need the hair of the dog that bit you, but tonight, you need your hair to hold up for hours. I swear by Big Sexy Hair Spray & Stay Intense Hold Hairspray, $17.95 at Ulta, a strong-hold spray ideal for elaborate updos. But if you're going for long-lasting but touchable locks, you'll need something with more flexibility. Arm yourself with a few key items and even your bedroom blowout can get through the night without a hair out of place. Pack a small bag with these three essentials: (1.) Pssssst Dry Shampoo to add volume, kill odor (think smoke and the like) and eradicate oily scalp; $2.99 for the travel size at Ulta; (2.) hair spray that holds without turning crunchy or flaky like Sachajuan's Straight and Shine Hair Spray; a 2.6-oz. travel spray is $16 at BeautyBar.com; and (3.) a mini flatiron like Sarah Potempa's "The Jet-Setter" Cordless Iron, a rechargeable styling iron that fixes kinks, flyaways and the like on-the-go. Even if you start running out of juice at the end of the night, you'll look like you can still dance for hours.