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4 Skin-Perfecting Primers: Party Essentials

We’re less than a week away from New Year’s Eve, which means you better start stocking up on noisemakers and kitchsy party hats now. Whether you’re spending the night at home with your besties or going to a glitzy bash, you’ll want to look even more gorgeous than usual. (After all, if New Year’s Eve is good for anything, it’s photo ops!) This week, we’re helping you out with five days of party essentials, starting with the the ultimate skin-perfector: Primer.

Before you even think about applying foundation or tinted moisturizer, prep your skin with a primer. This extra layer will fill in any lines on your face, smooth over any unevenness, and give you a completely uniform surface for your makeup. It’ll also help your makeup last longer, which is key for late nights. Click through for our picks!

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Video: 5 Tips To Get Your Party Makeup To Last

It happens all the time. You put on your makeup and it looks awesome, only to have it fade away a few hours later. Watch our five tips to make your makeup truly last all night long and here are some products that can help:

By Terry Hyaluronic Face Glow, birchbox.com

Mineralogie Cream Concealer, birchbox.com

Jouer Tint, birchbox.com

Laura Geller Blush -n- Brighten, birchbox.com

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, birchbox.com

stila Forever Your Curl Mascara, birchbox.com

Beauty is Life Lipstick in Kingdom, birchbox.com

Give that Black Eyeliner a Rest

After watching the Golden Globes last night, we can’t help but get inspired to shake up our usual Monday routine (tinted moisturizer, NARS Multiple, mascara). Earlier this year we asked Stila’s pro makeup artist Sarah Lucero to give us ideas on how to quickly take makeup from ho-hum daytime to rah rah nighttime. She had some amazing tips and totally got us geeking out about highlighter. (Check out her suggestions here). One of our favorites: swap out your black eyeliner for a rich-colored kohl liner. She suggested trying Stila’s kajal liners in Tiger’s Eye, a warm bronze, or Sapphire, a dark navy. Both are subtle enough to wear during the day and give you a prettily modern look - just the pick-me-up we need during drab winter months. Plus, the pencils are dead-simple to use - it literally takes 30 seconds to smudge on and you look instantly polished. Give it a try!

Read Stila pro artist Sarah Lucero’s tips on taking makeup from day to night.

Top off your look with one of our favorite mascaras.