Here are a couple of GENERAL things to remember:
- If you're going dancing or any place that might be hot, be sure to take oil blotting papers or your pressed powder to touch up your face throughout the night
- Penny uses MAC's Oil Blot Powder or Boscia's Oil Blot Papers
- If you're wearing red or dark colored lipstick this is a must!
- Remember to always start with a light application of any product; it's much easier to go heavier/darker, than to fix a mistake because you put too much of something on.
- Be mindful of other people's clothing. Even with make up setting spray I think there is always a chance for some transfer.
- Penny recommends Sebastian's Zero Gravity Hair Spray ($9); Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Hair Spray ($4); L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hair Spray ($9-$15)
- Use a make-up setting spray if you plan to be out all night or you know you have multiple stops to make.
- Penny uses Urban Decay's Al-Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray ($11)
- Make sure your make-up looks good in photos. Maybe even snap a few photos with the iPhone if you have time before you head out to see how the flash reacts to your make-up.
- Check your concealer before you leave the house. Use a skin tone or yellow (not white) powder to set you under eye concealer and fend off reverse raccoon eyes in your photos. I like to use my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Powder because it blends my under eye area with the rest of my face better; I use a sponge and press the powder into my concealer to keep it in place.
- Apply your eye make-up first and then put the rest of your face on. I mentioned this in my last post. This is a pro-tip I've known about for a long time but never tried until now. It allows you to clean up under the eye area and creates a clean crisp look around the eyes.
- Use primer. I don't know what we were doing before the invention of make-up primers but I think they work well to prepare the skin for the make-up and colors you use. Face primer and eye lid primer are essential to Penny's process. No more make-up migration (another not sexy look..LOL).
- Use the proper tools. Fingers are a great make-up tool, but some things are better applied with a brush or sponge. Although high quality make-up brushes can be expensive, its a good investment if you know you're going to wear make-up often. If you're just starting out or on a 2012 budget, get travel size brushes which tend to be a little less expensive. Lots of brands to choose from. I know EcoTools can be found in the drugstore and on the handle each brush tells what its used for (i.e. crease, eye shadow, blush, etc).
- For a beautiful sparkle effect I use Bobbi Brown's Sparkle Eye Shadow in Mica. This is a silver glitter that I simply use my finger to tap lightly all over the lid.
- When using black or dark eyeliner, keep in mind that if you rim the entire eye it will make it appear smaller. Try lining the inner water line instead of on top of the eye lid if you have a small lid space like Penny. And for the bottom lid you can line the water line on the outer corners only. Or try a bright colorful liner on top instead of black for a festive effect.
- A great metallic shadow is Bobbi Brown's Long Wear Cream Shadow in Galaxy or Antique Gold. These pewter and gold shades are great and easy to blend; they also stay on all night!
- Matte lipsticks can be drying; be sure to have some lip balm/moisturizer handy.
If you have any 9-1-1 questions for Penny, please feel free to leave a comment or email me. Penny doesn't mind being on speed dial if there is a fashion homicide in progress. LOL!
Be blessed. Be beautiful.