For someone who loves a good party, I barely change my makeup AT ALL for nighttime, not owning even one eye shadow beyond a cream glimmer, that I don’t know how to apply. I don’t love the look of heavy makeup and frankly think most people look better more natural (i.e. the no-makeup makeup look). But makeup is such a fun way to shift your look, amp it up, try something weird and risky. It’s like the throw pillow of your face—it’s low commitment but can shake things up. So, one day I was lamenting my inability to pull off one of these looks with Noel, one of my lovely makeup artists when she adamantly disagreed and when I said ‘prove it’ she offered to teach me, and you, how to do three different party looks based on the trends she is seeing and products that she loves. She’s been doing this for 20 years and has not only her go-to products for years but also stays on top of what is new out in the market.
Here is what I looked like when I showed up. And no, we don’t Photoshop any faces or bodies on this blog.
Now, those aren’t my real lashes, I get lash extensions, a luxury I may never be able to quit. Otherwise, you guys have seen me without any makeup a lot on stories so nothing too shocking up there.
First, we are going to start with what Noel does to my face on a normal day, and then we will add those party looks on top, step by step. Here we go.
1. Before you start, moisturize your face (we used La Mer Moisturizing Cream for my face and By Terry Baume de Rose on my lips). Next, apply primer to entire face. We used Laura Mercier Foundation Primer SPF 30.
2. Apply highlighter to cheekbones and bridge of the nose (Noel does this before foundation for a subtle, inner glow). We used Becca Glow Silk Highlighter. Hot tip: Noel uses liquid highlighter because it melts into the skin better for a more natural look.
3. Using a foundation brush, apply your foundation where needed on face and neck. I had never used this foundation (Face Atelier Foundation in #3) before and I loved it. From Noel: “When ever I apply foundation, I always opt for the sheerest formula I can get away with, because I love fresh looking and feeling skin! I love foundations that have a buildable formula, that way on days where someone might need a little more coverage, I can add a little more than usual.”
4. Using a finger and small brush, dab concealer (Nars concealer in Madeline) under eyes and over any blemishes or red areas. Noel also applies on my eyelids to get rid of any redness and to prep for eyeshadow.
5. Using fingers, dab a cream blush onto cheekbones then blend with a foundation brush. Noel uses La Mer Lip and Cheek Glow, which is limited edition and sold out most places, but this is a similar product that works well (and is more affordable).
5. Fill in brows with Anastasia Brow Wiz and brush with eyebrow brush.
6. Use a setting powder or spray to lock the makeup for long-lasting wear. We used Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, a product Noel SWEARS by.
Here’s the final “base” look:
1. La Mer Crème de la Mer | 2. By Terry Baume de Rose | 3. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer SPF 30 | 4. Becca Glow Silk Highlighter | 5. Nars concealer in Madeline | 6. La Mer Lip and Cheek Glow | 7. Face Atelier Foundation in #3 | 8. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder | 9. Anastasia Brow Wiz in Blonde
The product I bought from here was the Becca Glow Silk Highlighter as under my foundation it truly looks day-time glowy, like I wasn’t wearing any makeup and just looked fresh.
Party Look #1: “La Vie En Rose”
I tell every new makeup artist, in the least diva way possible, that I don’t like deep or dark eyeshadow on me and will most likely sneak to the bathroom and wipe it off after they leave. I think it makes me look sick and old, probably because I’m fair and yes, my lids show my age. But something reflective I could handle and when she proposed a rose gold look, I was obviously down to try. Here is how Noel does it:
1. Start with cream-based shimmer eyeshadow to give the look more depth. We used one by Beauty Pie (currently unavailable) but this is a similar product. Hot tip: Noel starts every eye look with a cream base which will keep the eyeshadow on longer because it gives the powder something to stick to. She also uses the pencils because they are easier to apply.
2. Using a brush, blend the shimmer all over the eyelids.
3. Next, use gel powder (Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish) eyeshadow and apply with finger. This was SO PRETTY and kinda felt like a rose gold glitter cream.
4. Add a little powder shadow (MAC Eyeshadow in Blackberry) under the eye and in the outer corner of the eye to make the eyes pop.
5. Apply a dash of liquid shadow (Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow) on back of hand, and using finger, tap on the center of the lid.
1. Sephora Colorful Shadow & Liner | 2. Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish | 3. MAC Eyeshadow in Blackberry | 4. Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow | 5. Blowzy Ultra Glossy Lip | 6. Bite Matte Crème Lip Crayon
What I bought: the Stila metal foil finish. I will absolutely wear this my next special occasion. Although the lip color was really pretty, too.
Party Look #2: “The Cobalt Blues”
I was so excited for this look. Just the one bold line of blue is SO enticing to me.
1. Again, prep eyelids with a little concealer to get rid of any redness.
2. Apply the liner (NYX Vivid Brights) starting from the inner corner of the eye, and continue straight across. We chose a crazy bright blue to get that real pop. From Noel: “Don’t be afraid to experiment with color! Keep it sophisticated by using it sparingly and pair it with toned down lips and cheeks. Emerald green, purple and burnt orange are all fun but wearable options.”
Hot tip: To get the perfect line, use Makeover Remover Q-Tips and wipe any errors/wavy edges. I bought these after the shoot and love them.
3. Apply mascara on lashes (I am wearing lash extensions, so Noel only needed to apply on the bottom).
4. Apply blush (Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Color) on cheekbones.
Despite my eyes being bloodshot, I loved this look and am indeed going to try it. I think it’s crucial that the rest of the face (at least for me) looks fresh and not too makeup heavy or yeah, it can look kinda ’80s mom.
Party Look #3: “Red-y Set Gloss”
This might be my favorite look of the three we tried this day: that glossy lid looked and felt so fresh, but still fun.
1. Apply champagne-colored cream eyeshadow (Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick) all over eyelid and blend with a medium-sized eyeshadow brush.
2. Dab a little of the cream eyeshadow on cheeks as highlighter.
3. Apply cream blush (Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Color) with a brush.
4. Apply sheer eyeshadow (Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzing Powder) on the crease (for some depth, Noel says) and blend.
5. Use same sheer shadow and apply under eye with a thin eyeshadow brush.
6. Use a shimmer eyeshadow and tap on lid using fingers (we used Sculpting Stick by Chanel which has a little bit of shimmer but mostly glossy texture). This is the stuff. This is what I want to buy forever. From Noel: “This product is also stunning on cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and on the Cupid’s bow. Or you can mix a little with a copper or gold eyeshadow and make a gorgeous lid tint.”
For the lips, here’s what we did:
1. Use lip liner (Nars Precision liner in Mariachi) to line the edges of lip.
2. Apply lipstick (Fenty Beauty in Uncensored) generously and let dry.
LOOK AT THAT LID! It was just shine, no color which I think is my jam. I think that I’d rather have a more orange-y red on me (but what do I know).
Thank you Noel for brightening my day and face. Sometimes you just need someone to take a small brush and gently stroke your face until you wake up party ready to change your mood. 🙂
I want to give a special thanks to my friend and hairstylist Janine (who you may remember from this post) for letting us use her salon for the day. If you are in LA and looking for a GREAT salon with wonderful people, check out Hairroin Salon on Cahuenga Blvd. They do everything from haircuts to deep conditioning elixirs to perms and I cannot recommend them enough. xx
***photography by Veronica Crawford